‘indie’ Shiraz Pinot

2010 was the inaugural release of the ’indie’ label and is a trial wine for Meerea Park. The blend is predominantly Shiraz and a small portion of Pinot Noir, one that has been used in the Hunter valley for decades by some of its top producers.

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2015

Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Background: 2010 was the inaugural release of the ’indie’ label as a trial wine for Meerea Park. Shiraz and Pinot have been used in the Hunter Valley for decades by some of its top producers, but there is now a resurgence in the blend with many labels again available.

Fruit Source: Shiraz and Pinot Noir, both from the Kindred family’s, ‘Lochleven’ Estate on the corner of Deasys and McDonalds Roads in Pokolbin.

Fermentation: Fruit from both blocks were hand-picked and then co-fermented in open vats and plunged twice daily. The ratio is 70% Shiraz and 30% Pinot Noir.

Maturation: Maturation was for 17 months in 50% new French oak Puncheons. The other 50% oak was 1—3 years old Puncheons.

Winemaker’s comments: 2015 was a tricky vintage in Pokolbin. Mid-vintage rains caused issues in all but the best managed vineyards. The old-vines on ‘Lochleven’ proved their worth and produced good quality grapes, where many didn’t.

Tasting note: This wine has a lovely crimson colour with fragrances of red berries and strawberries. The palate is medium-bodied, supple and nicely balanced. Tannins and oak play a minor role.

Cellaring estimate: Medium term (up to 10 years).

Suggested food match: Game meats including Duck.

2014

2014 Indie Shiraz Pinot - FSWine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Background: 2010 was the inaugural release of the ’indie’ label as a trial wine for Meerea Park. Shiraz and Pinot have been used inthe Hunter Valley for decades by some of its top producers.

Fruit Source: Shiraz and Pinot Noir, both from the Kindred family’s, ‘Lochleven’ Estate on the corner of Deasys and McDonalds Roads in Pokolbin.

Fermentation: Fruit from both blocks were hand-picked and then co-fermented in open vats and plunged twice daily. The ratio is 65% Shiraz and 35% Pinot Noir.

Maturation: Maturation was for 17 months in 50% new French oak Puncheons. The other 50% oak was 1-3 years old Puncheons.

Winemaker’s comments: 2014 was a dream vintage to work with. No pressure on harvest with ripe, clean and good yields of very high quality fruit.

Tasting note: Glossy crimson in colour, there are lovely lifted strawberry aromas above blackcurrant marella jube fruit. Although the palate is only medium-bodied, it still has that wonderful 2014 Hunter Shiraz fruit richness and balance with great persistence. The tannins are silky and harmonious.

Cellaring estimate: medium term (10+ years).

Suggested food match: Game meats including Duck.

2013

2013-Indie-Shiraz-Pinot[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Background:2010 was the inaugural release of the ’indie’ label as a trial wine for Meerea Park. Shiraz and Pinot have been used in the Hunter Valley for decades by some of its top producers.

Fruit source: Shiraz and Pinot Noir, both from the Kindred family’s, ‘Lochleven’ Estate on the corner of Deasys and McDonalds Roads in Pokolbin.

Fermentation: Fruit from both blocks were hand-picked. 20% stems were retained then fermented in open vats and plunged twice daily.

Maturation: Both parcels were kept separate and blended after 20 months of maturation in 50% new French oak. The other 50% oak was 1—3 years old.

Winemaker’s comments: With no red wines made from the 2012 Hunter Valley vintage, 2013 was eagerly awaited and although the yields were small, the quality was very good to excellent. Nearly on par with wines of the 2011 vintage and will also age very well.

Tasting notes:A vibrant garnet colour; the aroma is intense red berries and lifted by the ripe strawberry Pinot influence. The palate is medium-bodied, but still flavoursome with great persistence. The tannins are rounded and in harmony with the fruit.

Cellaring estimate: Medium term (10+ years).

Suggested food match: Game meats including Duck.

What the Experts say

From a single vineyard in Pokolbin, 80% shiraz, 20% pinot, matured in French hogsheads (50% new) for 20 months. The shiraz has absorbed the pinot all bar a flicker of red fruits and a slightly softening of the palate. Counterintuitively, the     influence of the pinot may become more obvious with time.

Rated 93. James Halliday – 2016 Australian Wine Companion

2011

ISP-2011[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 14%

Background: 2010 was the inaugural release of the ’indie’ label as a trial wine for Meerea Park. Shiraz and Pinot have been used in the Hunter Valley for decades by some of its top producers.

Fruit source: Shiraz from the iconic ‘Black Cluster’ vineyard on Mistletoe lane and Pinot Noir from the Kindred family, ‘Lochleven’ Estate on Palmers Lane, both in Pokolbin.

Fermentation: Both parcels were hand picked and kept separate. 50% stems were retained then fermented in open vats and plunged twice daily.

Maturation: Both parcels were kept separate and blended after 22 months of maturation.

Winemaker’s comments: Whilst most of Eastern Australia was suffering from extreme rainfall in early 2011, The Hunter Valley was hot and dry which led to an exceptional vintage for both white and red grape varieties, Pinot included. This vintage is a 70% Shiraz, 30% Pinot Noir blend.

Tasting notes: Whilst most of Eastern Australia was suffering from extreme rainfall in early 2011, The Hunter Valley was hot and dry which led to an exceptional vintage for both white and red grape varieties, Pinot included. This vintage is a 70% Shiraz, 30% Pinot Noir blend.

Cellaring estimate: Medium term (10+ years).

Suggested food match: Game meats including Duck.

What the experts say:

“A 70/30% blend looking back to the great wines of Maurice O’Shea made 70 or so years ago, the last surviving bottles still marvellous to drink; fermented with the stems included, and matured in French oak, this sings an ode to O’Shea, with its silky red berry fruits and tangy spices ex the stems.”

Rated : 95 Points

James Halliday – 2015 Wine Companion

A blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Pinot Noir, the 2011 Indie Shiraz / Pinot Noir is medium garnet in color with a hint of purple and scented of warm black plums, mulberries and black cherries with a black raspberry, pepper and anise undercurrent. Medium-bodied, it fills the palate with pepper-laced, red and black fruit flavors supported by velvety tannins and a lively acid backbone. It finishes long. Drink it now to 2017+.

Rated : 89+

Lisa Perrotti-Brown – The Wine Advocate #213 – Jun 2014

2010

ISP-2010[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 14%

Background: 2010 is the inaugural release of the ’indie’ label and is a trial wine for Meerea Park. The blend is 80% Shiraz and 20% Pinot Noir, one that has been used in the Hunter valley for decades by some of its top producers.

Fruit source: Shiraz from the historic ‘Ben Ean’ vineyard on McDonalds Road and Pinot Noir from the Kindred family, ‘Lochleven’ Estate on Palmers Lane, both in Pokolbin.

Fermentation: Hand picked fruit, 50% with stems retained, was crushed into open vats and plunged twice daily.

Maturation: Both parcels were kept separate and blended after 22 months of maturation.

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 ‘Ben Ean’ and ‘Lochleven’ vineyards ripened early, both yielding ripe and clean fruit.

Tasting notes: A striking crimson colour; the nose is light and lifted with lovely cherry and red berry scents. The palate is mediumbodied, spicy and carries on the red fruits from the nose. The tannins are ripe and plentiful but with balancing acidity.

Cellaring estimate: Medium term (10+ years).

Suggested food match: Game meats including Duck.

What the experts say:

“It’s 1000 litres of Shiraz (some whole bunch, puncheon) off Ben Ean and 200 litres of Pinot Noir (barrique) from Kindred Lochleven Estate located at the end of Palmers Lane. 115 dozen 750ml + 100 magnums. $40 RRP ($100 magnum) and Cellar Door only. I wrote some fabulous and incisive comments on the wine, only to have a problem with ‘version control’ of my notes, so now I only have the first half. Oh well.

Szechuan pepper, cloves, raspberry and cherry, vanilla and typical regional earthiness – but boy is it spicy. Medium bodied with juicy cherry and red fruit, a fair amount of tannin and balanced acidity – firm structure, playful fruit. Has length and no lack of interest. It’s a wine that runs on charisma and bold character – unusual, yet engaging. Needs a little time to settle down.”

93 Points

Gary Walsh – The Wine Front – August 2012

“Based on a traditional blend, the aromas are intense and spicy, perfumed, floral and lifted: quite unlike most Hunter shiraz. There’s a hint of ginger, while the taste is penetrating and elegant with fine but persuasive tannin.”

Winte Mag – April 2013

“A bid to re-create wine in the style of Maurice O’Shea with its blend of shiraz from the Ben Ean Vineyard and pinot noir from the Kindred Loch Leven vineyard (both Hunter Valley, of course). It is elegant and medium-bodied, with berry fruits and fine, savoury tannins. Time will tell how close Rhys Eather has gone to achieving his aim.”

92 / 100

James Halliday – 2014 Wine Companion

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