Region: Hunter Valley
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