Region: Hunter Valley
Background: Alexander Munro is winemaker Rhys Eather’s great-great-grandfather and these true reserve wines are released only in years that reflect the status of the label. There was no 2000 vintage of this wine released as the vineyard was hit by a freak hailstorm which led to the downgrading of the fruit.
Fruit Source: Situated in Pokolbin, the “Ivanhoe” vineyard is the Shiraz source for the wine. The vines have an aveage age of 40 years and dry land grown, thus ensuring low yields and high quality.
Fermentation & Maturation: Hand picked fruit was crushed into open vats and plunged twice daily to ensure maximum extraction. The wine was pressed out and transferred into French oak of which 30% was new. 20 months later the wine was lightly egg white fined and bottled with minimal filtration.
2001 in the Hunter had cool and wet conditions that caused concern for badly managed and young vineyards. The old-wine vineyards again proved their worth handling the adverse weather conditions well.
This full-bodied Shiraz exhibits spicy, pepper and berry fruit aromas with well-integrated oak. The palate is a winderful combination of concentrated fruit and subtle oak leading to a very long finish. The wine has fine grain tannins, which provides it with great structure.
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.
What the experts say:
“My favourite Meerea Park offering is the 2001 Shiraz Alexander Munro. This cuvee may prove controversial, as it possesses sweat horse-like aromas along with damp earth, mushroom, and abundant black cherry and blackberry fruit characteristics. Robust/rustic, full-bodied, dense, and formidably endowed, if everything comes together, this 2001 will merit its rating. If not, look for an attenuated, large-scaled, gamy Shiraz. It will last for a decade or more.”
Rated : 89 Points
Robert Parket Jnr. The Wine Advocate – October 2003
John Lewis – Newcastle Herald – 11th Feb 2004