Region: Hunter Valley
Background: This wine is named after three of the original pioneer women of the Hunter Valley, who established the initial homestead on “Meerea” in the 1830’s. The three women were referred to by the family as the “Aunts”. The establishment of the homestead coincided with the planting of the first Shiraz in the Hunter Valley. Since the first release in 1995, this label has amassed 6 Gold, 16 Silver and 31 Bronze medals as well as a TOP 40 NSW Wines placings in 1999 & 2001.
Fruit Source: The wine is made from fruit off two low yielding old-vine Shiraz vineyards in lower Hunter.
Fermentation & Maturation: The fruit was fermented in open vats and then pressed into American oak and matured for 20 months. The wine was then bottled in January 2004 with minimum filtration. Over time a harmless crust may appear in the bottle.
Winemakers Comments: The 2002 Hunter vintage was variable, with the better old vine vineyards proving their worth.
The wine has spicy dark berry characters that are well supportedby smoky cinnamon oak. The palate is well rounded and soft, has good length and ripe fruit tannin, which will allow the wine to age in the medium to long term.
Cellaring: Medium to long term 8+ years
What the experts say:
“Fantastic Hunter Shiraz, with all qualities expected by lovers of the style; smells of earth and leather, with ripe, medium-bodied and savoury smoky dark berry fruit flavours and dry tannins.”
Top Drops Of The Month – Australian Gourmet Traveller – Max Allen – October 2004