Background: Meerea Park’s first Cabernet Merlot blend was released from the 1996 vintage. The Cabernet and Merlot fruit parcels are always out of area with the Hilltops region showing the best promise so far.
Fruit source: The ‘Terra Australis’ Vineyard near Young in the Hilltops region of New South Wales.
Fermentation: After being trucked to Pokolbin overnight, the fruit was fermented in closed tanks being pumped over twice daily.
Maturation: Post fermentation, the wine was matured in used French and American oak barrels for 19 months and then bottled in October 2010.
Winemaker’s comments: 2009 was another great vintage for the Hilltops region in New South Wales. Warm dry weather during the ripening period of late March was the driving factor for the high fruit quality.
Tasting note: Deep dark red in the glass, the sweet blackberry and ripe plum fruit characters are supported by vanillan oak on the nose. The wine has good weight and length on the palate with soft velvet like tannins, offering exceptional value for money.
Cellaring estimate: Short to medium term.
Suggested food match: Roast meat.
What the experts say:
“Aromas of dried cherry, raspberry pie, smoky bacon, dried herbs and spice. Curious smelling wine but I like it. On the palate medium to full bodied with dried cherry, raspberry, dried herb and earthy flavours. Smooth texture with some grainy tannins. Gamey raspberry finish of good length. Very good wine at this price”.
Rated : 89 Points.
Gary Walsh—Winorama—August 2007