2014 ‘indie’ Shiraz Pinot

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.

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