2006 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz

AMS-2006[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley

Background: ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz is our flagship wine and made from the best parcel of shiraz fruit we receive each year. Alexander Munro was winemaker Rhys Eather’s great-great-grandfather and these true reserve wines are released only in years that reflect the status of the label.

Fruit Source: Situated in Pokolbin, the ‘Ivanhoe’ vineyard is the Shiraz source for this wine and has been consistently the best Shiraz fruit source since 2001. The vines have an average age of 40 years, with some much older and are dry-land grown, ensuring low yields and high quality.

Fermentation & Maturation: Hand picked fruit was crushed into open vats and plunged twice daily to optimize flavour and tannin extraction. The wine was then lightly airbag pressed and transferred into French oak barriques of which 40% were new. After 20 months of maturation the wine was lightly egg white fined and then bottled with minimal filtration.

Winemaker’s comments: The 2006 vintage was an extremely hot vintage with all varieties ripening up to 2 weeks earlier than normal. The previous dry years coupled with hot weather resulted in low yields and fruit that ripened very easily. 2006 vintage reds have an inherent softness about them making them very approachable upon release.

Tasting note: Deep crimson colour in the glass, plenty of ripe dark fruits and hints of earth, spice and licorice on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied; lush and rich with blackberry and creamy oak. This wine has an elegant long finish and is already showing great balance.

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:

“Here’s another one I’ve been meaning to write up, having tasted it once in February and again in July with consistent points, but slightly different notes. This year sees a bit of experimentation going on with the inclusion of 20% whole bunch and 50% indigenous yeast. I’ve included both notes – just because.

Creamy vanilla oak, blackberry, bacon, fragrant whole bunch, peppermint/pine needles. Medium to full bodied with meaty bacon, blackberry/boysenberry, earth and French vanilla. Quite rich with some stalky influence. It has dry tannins and plenty of length. Needed a couple of days to come up. Should be very good. aniseed/liquorice, light earth – fragrant – some smoke and stalk. Medium full with superb fine tannins and a bit of sappy grip. Predominantly red fruit flavours. Balanced and long. Really good. Much less of the stalk/pine/mint of the previous bottle. Big finish – closing dry with some stalk. Third day looking very fresh and firm with more raspberry and fresh berry flavour”.

Rated : 94+ Points

Gary Walsh – The Winefront – July 2008

“Good crimson hue; distinguished Hunter style, certain to age gracefully, the black fruits supported by perfect tannins.”

Rating 95.

James Halliday – 2010 Australian Wine Companion

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