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 a low yielding old-vine Shiraz vineyard in Pokolbin.
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 December 2004 with minimum filtration. Over time a harmless crust may appear in the bottle.
Winemakers Comments: It is quite well documented by now the severe drought conditions of the 2003 Hunter vintage. A perfect ripening period that allowed harvest at the optimum time, uninterrupted by the usual seasonal rains.
A powerful fruit nose with vanillan oak and bacon fat character from the French coopered American oak. The palate is rich and well structured with lively ripe fruit. Our best ‘The Aunts’ Shiraz to date!
Cellaring: Medium to long term 10+ years
What the experts say:
“A fantastic release. Plum, raspberry, a side-swipe of vanillan ans absolute pure fruit concentration – the palate is in the same league as the Graveyard shiraz, even if the nose isn’t quite up to that level. Structured and powerful. This is a ripper”.
Winefront Monthly – Campbell Mattinson Sep/Oct 04.
“This might just reconfigure your thoughts on what Hunter Shiraz can taste like. Nothing remotely weedy here: it’s structured and powerful, with ripe,plummy, raspberried fruit purity of significant concentration,aided by a gentle side-swipe of vanillan. Ripper wine. Producer to watch”.
Australian Sommelier Magazine – Autumn 2005.
“Rhys Eather has provided abundant fruit intensity and complexity in this 2003 vintage charmer. it is dark purple-edged crimson in the glass and has briar and toffee scents”.
Newcastle Herald – John Lewis 29th June 2005.
“Medium to full-bodied; rich and ripe blackberry and plum fruit; round, ripe tannins. Exceptionally good for the Hunter Valley.” Drink: 2007-2013.
Rating 93. Drink 2018.
2006 Australian Wine Companion – James Halliday.