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.
The 2002 vintage was wet overall, but the deep rooted old-vine vineyards really proved their worth in these conditions.
This full bodied Shiraz exhibits spicy, drak berry fruit aromas with well-integrated oak on the nose. The palate has wonderfully concentrated fruitand 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:
Strong colour; complex regional leather, earth and spice; firm blackberry fruit entry; attractive soft tannins and oak on the finish. Screwcap.
Rated : 92 Points
Australian Wine Companion James Halliday