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 all previously used French and American oak barrels for 20 months prior to bottling.
Winemaker’s comments:The 2012 vintage in Southern New South Wales, including Kingsvale was in great contrast to the poor 2011 vintage. Conditions allowed the harvest of ripe and more importantly disease free
Tasting note:Mid crimson red in colour, the nose shows lifted red berries and blackcurrant fruits. Hints of mocha from the oak maturation is a subtle additions to the nose. The palate is mediumbodied with more than enough flavour to balance the ripe but silky tannins. Drinking perfectly now but will develop in the short term and hold for 10 years.
Cellaring estimate: Short to medium term.
Suggested food match: Red meat cuisine.