Region: Hunter Valley
Background: Meerea Park’s first release was from the 1991 vintage. 2011 represents our 20th vintage, and the BLACK is a one off commemorative wine celebrating our 20 years.
Fruit Source: The best barrels were selected from our 2011 vintage Shiraz sources, specifically looking for richness and balance, two important hallmarks of quality and ageing ability.
Fermentation: All barrels selected were from hand picked parcels. No barrel contained ferments with stems.
Maturation: After 24 months of maturation in new and one year old French oak, BLACK was fined using egg whites and then bottled with moderate filtration.
Winemaker’s comments: 2011 ended up an excellent Hunter Valley vintage for both whites and reds after excessive rain at the end of 2010. Good growers whose vineyards were free of disease in December were able to produce wonderfully ripe and flavoursome fruit when the weather became quite warm and dry during the vintage months.
Tasting note: An intense crimson colour with hints of purple. The nose is solid Shiraz with nuances of violets and chocolate. The full to medium bodied palate is packed with black fruits and creamy complexity. This wine has exceptional length of flavor with a lingering finish.
Cellaring estimate: This wine has all the characteristics that are required for further long term cellaring.
Decanting is highly recommended prior to serving to allow the wine to be at its best.
Suggested food match: Red meat dishes and aged cheeses.
Production: 1408 numbered 750ml bottles and 50 numbered 1500ml bottles.
What the experts say:
“The wine commemorates Meerea Park’s 20th vintage in the Hunter Valley, and is a blend of the best wines from ’11. It is a very good wine, speaking clearly of this exceptional Hunter Valley vintage, but it reflects the all-too-human winemaker response of choosing new oak barrels. I know, because I’ve been there. In 10 years it is more than possible that all will be forgiven, for there is some very good varietal fruit.”
Rated : 94 Points
James Halliday – 2015 Wine Companion
“Sip and surrender is all I can advise. The dark, deep flavours of the earth and all its ferrel greatness slowly rise and spread through the mouth encapsulating all. “Oh, Er, Wow” is my tasting note. 98 points and I’m sure it will gain the other as it ages. $190 is a lot to ask so this wine is for the few that can afford it. However, in global terms, I think it very good value.”
Tony Keys—The Key Report On Wine – 15th February 2014
“Opened 36 hours ago, this is my third taste and it’s humming. Primary black fruits with a hint of earthy charcoal, redcurrants and leather ensure the Hunter’s terroir is carried confidently by the olfactory signature. Hints of vanilla cream and chocolate stem from the expensive new and old French oak from a mixture of barriques and puncheons. It’s pillow soft and carries an intense red fruit line with a tannin framework that’s seamlessly woven as it passes through the palate. It gathers and rolls with a gentle momentum carrying the oak well and pushing through the finish with a delicate, spicy length. So much enjoyment already but an exultant future ahead too.”
Wining Pom—Patrick Haddock—19th August 2013 www.winingpom.com.au
Medium garnet-purple in color and scented of dried mulberries and kirsch with hints of Indian spices, tree bark, truffles and aniseed, the 2011 Black Shiraz manages to pack plenty of muscular, multi-layered black fruit and exotic spice flavors into a medium-bodied, delicate package held in place with medium to firm, rounded tannins, lively acid and a finish with great length. Drink it now to 2023+.
Rated : 94+ Points
Lisa Perrotti-Brown – The Wine Advocate #213 – Jun 2014
Medium-to-deep red colour, with little purple tinge. It has a developed slightly animal bouquet, peppery, oyster shell and briny notes. The palate is full-bodied, savoury and inky, with developed savoury flavours and dry, firm tannins. Dry and slightly warm on the palate, with plenty of flavour. Will repay further aging.
Rated : 93 Points
Huon Hooke – The Wine Guide 2015