2007 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz

AMS-2007[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 14.0%

Background: ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz is our flagship wine and made from the best parcel of shiraz fruit we receive each year.

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, 35% with stems retained, 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.

Maturation: After 20 months of maturation the wine was lightly egg white fined and then bottled with minimal filtration.

Winemaker’s comments: 2007 has proven itself as a great Hunter Valley shiraz vintage. Very low yields following on from the very hot 2006 vintage, ripened easily with only minor storm activity towards harvest. As a whole, 2007 vintage Hunter shirazes have an inherent completeness about them making them very approachable upon release, but also have the structure to reward cellaring.

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:

“A full expression of the Hunter Shiraz style the only difference I found was a hint of pepper on the nose giving an extra edge to the savoury style 93 points now but more as it ages as for price $70 is a lot but this is a wine that should be up amongst the most fated that Australia has to offer therefore yes it is worth it.”

Tony Keys – Key Report of Wine #27 – 30th April 2010

“Explosive red. Crushed berries and cherries, pepper, sap, dusty vanilla oak and a touch of licorice. Medium-bodied but tannic, dry and punchy – and balanced. Big finish. Long-term. A big-hitter in grand style. Excellent.”

Score 96.

Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh – The Big Red Wine Book – 2009/2010

“The 2007 Alexander Munro Shiraz is matured in French barriques rather than the larger formats. It has a very deep garnet black color and a beautifully fragrant nose of allspice, cassis, violets, dried plum, star anise, cassis, cardamom and some hung meat. Very concentrated with great structure, medium-high acid and medium-firm, very fine tannins. A nice touch of earthy truffles in the very long finish. 400 cases made. Drink 2012 to 2020. “

94 Points.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW – The Wine Advocate #188 – Apr 2010

“Crimson-purple hue; a particularly distinguished single vineyard wine, featuring the Hunter Valley at its very best; dark plum, cherry and blackberry fruit is framed by supple tannins and perfectly balanced oak.”

Ralph Kyte – Powell – The Age ‘Epicure’ 30th June 2011

“Crimson; a fragrant damson plum and black cherry bouquet, then a silky medium-bodied palate, the tannins fine, the finish long, the balance perfect. What a vintage ’09 was for Hunter Valley shiraz.”

Rating 96

James Halliday – 2011 Australian Wine Companion

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