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 December 2011.
Winemaker’s comments: 2010 in Southern New South Wales was coming out of the drought vintages of the previous three years but the weather was still good enough to produce some wonderfully flavoured and ripe fruit.
Tasting note: Mid dark red in colour, the nose shows lifted berry fruits with hints of mocha and earth. The palate is medium-full bodied with soft ripe tannins. Drinking perfectly now.
Cellaring estimate: Short to medium term.
Suggested food match: Roast lamb.