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 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