Region: Hunter Valley
Background:‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz is our flagship wine and made from the best parcel of shiraz fruit we receive each year.
Only wine from the very best Hunter vintages will be kept to cellar and re-release at 8—10 years of age. The 1998 vintage was the first vintage as an Aged-Release.
Fruit Source:Situated in Pokolbin, the ‘Ivanhoe’ vineyard is the Shiraz source for this wine and has been consistently our best Shiraz fruit source since 2001. The vines have an average age of 40+ years, with some much older and are dry-land grown.
Fermentation: Hand picked fruit was crushed into open vats and plunged twice daily to ensure maximum extraction. The wine was then pressed out straight into French oak of which 40 % was new.
Maturation: After 20 months of maturation the wine was lightly egg white fined and then bottled with minimal filtration.
Winemaker’s comments: 2005 was a hassle free vintage with everything falling into place bar a few isolated storms towards vintage end. Hot and dry conditions in January led to early ripening. The low yields meant that the fruit became both phenolgically and sugar ripe together which led to intense fruit with great balance, a trait seen in the finished wines.
Tasting note:Mid crimson colour, masses of ripe fruit and hints of spice and chocolate on the nose. The palate is medium to full-bodied; lush and rich with blackberry, creamy oak and secondary cedary Shiraz characters. This wine has an enormously long finish, silky tannins and is perfectly balanced.
Cellaring estimate: This wine has all the characteristics that are required for further long term cellaring.
Suggested food match: Red meat dishes and aged cheeses.
Decanting is highly recommended prior to serving to allow the wine to be at its best.
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What the Experts say
The grapes come from the 50+yo vines of the Ivanhoe Vineyard. A full-bodied shiraz with varietal and regional expression contributing equally to the sombre black fruits, earth, leather and black olive flavours. The wine is still in its infancy, but has the balance to coast through the next two decades, even then with more life ahead.
Rated 96. James Halliday – 2016 Australian Wine Companion