Region: Hunter Valley
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, 30% 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 50% were new.
Maturation: After 22 months of maturation the wine was lightly egg white fined and then bottled with minimal filtration.
Winemaker’s comments: The 2010 vintage began the same as 2009 with warm dry weather in January. There was rain in February after all of the white varieties were harvested and only affected Shiraz fruit that was late ripening. The ‘Ivanhoe’ vineyard was ripe in plenty of time and produced the best Shiraz fruit again for the vintage.
Tasting note: A deep crimson colour with hints of purple. The nose is powerful with ripe black fruits, spice and licorice on the nose. The palate is medium to full-bodied; fruit rich with dark cherry and creamy oak but still savoury. This wine has wonderful length of flavor with a lingering finish.
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:
“Meerea Park’s flagship shiraz encapsulates all the power of 2010, embracing the juicy fruit intensity that characterises the vintage, yet doing so with great precision. This is wine of focused, ripe black plum and blackberry fruits over a field of violets and layers of white pepper, hovering above a finely textured plane of soft tannins. A healthy proportion of stalks in the ferment infuses nuances of exotics, lingering with great persistence. Drink: 2015 – 2020
Tyson Stelzer – Wine Taste Weekly – 7/9/12.
“The flagship of Meerea Park showcases the power of the Hunter’s ’10 vintage in its juicy fruit intensity, yet upholds great precision at every moment. An air of violets and white pepper hovers over focused, ripe black plum and blackberry fruits, on a supportive bed of finely textured, soft tannins. There are nuances of exotics, thanks to a healthy inclusion of stalks in the ferment.”
95 / 100
James Halliday – 2014 Wine Companion
“Medium to deep garnet color with a hint of purple, the 2010 Alexander Munro Shiraz offers up aromas of black raspberries, black cherries and mulberries with nuances of pepper, Chinese five spice, soy and sage. Medium-bodied, the palate is tightly knit with youthful berry and spice flavors packed around a solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins and racy acid. The finish is wonderfully long and layered. Drink it 2014 to 2024+”
94 / 100
The Wine Advocate #207 – Lisa Perotti-Brown