Region: Hunter Valley
Closure: 49mm Natural Cork
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.
Winemaker’s comments: 1999 was a much cooler vintage than the previous one and allowed the fruit to ripen much slower and produced many wonderful wines.
Tasting note: This medium-full bodied Shiraz has aged remarkably well and still appears in many ways youthful. The nose shows some lovely aged shiraz characters of leather and cigar box but has also retained the core of vibrant fruit that was present when it was a young wine.
The palate is clean and pure, showing wonderful oak and fruit integration. The tannins are soft and fine but plentiful enough to allow many more years of graceful aging in a good cellar.
Cellaring estimate: This wine has all the characteristics that are required for further long term cellaring.
Decanting is highly recommended prior to serving to allow the wine to be at its best.
What the experts say:
“Still pretty fresh and lively with raspberries, blackberries and liquorice, pepper, cedar oak, the sweet old leathery scent of bottle age and an intriguing sort of smell which could be a) malt b) miso c) iodine or d) all of the above – well it’s quite complex anyway is all I’m trying to say. Then medium to full bodied, suitably mellowed by bottle age – the tannins smooth and fine but still lightly drying and grippy. It’s sweetly fruited but finishes dry with good length. Lovely wine just entering its plateau of charming maturity. Classic.”
Rated : 94 Points
Gary Walsh – The Winefront – March 2009
“A well-inserted, quality cork has done its job well, carrying the wine through to the start of its plateau of maturity, with earthy Hunter flavours running through the black fruits, the tannins present but fine; has a particularly long finish.” Cork.
Rating 94 Drink 2014.
James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion – December 2009
“This “aged release” is a great Hunter red, loaded with personality and totally opposite to modern juicy-fruit reds. Very leathery, earthy aromas with crushed-seashell nuances. Just 13.5 per cent alcohol so it’s lighter and leaner in the mouth. Those who are scared of feral aromas best stay away. Drink now.”
Huon Hooke – SMH Good Living – 2nd February 2010
“From old vines on the Howard vineyard at Pokolbin, this is a classic aged Hunter red, loaded with leathery, earthy, tar and crushed oyster-shell aromas. It has terroir by the spadeful. It’s savoury, elegant and mature.”
Wine Magazine – Top 100 New Releases – April 2010