Region: Hunter Valley
Background: 2010 was the inaugural release of the ’indie’ label as a trial wine for Meerea Park. Shiraz and Pinot have been used inthe Hunter Valley for decades by some of its top producers.
Fruit Source: Shiraz and Pinot Noir, both from the Kindred family’s, ‘Lochleven’ Estate on the corner of Deasys and McDonalds Roads in Pokolbin.
Fermentation: Fruit from both blocks were hand-picked and then co-fermented in open vats and plunged twice daily. The ratio is 65% Shiraz and 35% Pinot Noir.
Maturation: Maturation was for 17 months in 50% new French oak Puncheons. The other 50% oak was 1-3 years old Puncheons.
Winemaker’s comments: 2014 was a dream vintage to work with. No pressure on harvest with ripe, clean and good yields of very high quality fruit.
Tasting note: Glossy crimson in colour, there are lovely lifted strawberry aromas above blackcurrant marella jube fruit. Although the palate is only medium-bodied, it still has that wonderful 2014 Hunter Shiraz fruit richness and balance with great persistence. The tannins are silky and harmonious.
Cellaring estimate: medium term (10+ years).
Suggested food match: Game meats including Duck.Download pdf