Region: Hilltops (77%) & Hunter Valley (23%)
Background: Australia’s ability to freely blend across regions (appellations) sets it apart from the Old World and gives us an unparalleled advantage in the world of wine.
Fruit source: Vineyards at Young in the Hilltops GI, and the Hunter Valley located in New South Wales were the fruit source for the 2009 vintage release.
Fermentation: All parcels of fruit were kept separate and fermented in closed tanks being pumped over twice daily.
Maturation: Post fermentation, the wine was matured in used French and American oak barrels for 13 months and then blended to reach the desired style.
Winemaker’s comments: 2009 was another great vintage for the Hilltops region in New South Wales and a very good Hunter Valley red vintage also. Dry and warm weather during March in Hilltops resulted in a problem free harvest producing ripe flavoursome fruit.
Tasting note: A powerful nose of dark cherry, plum, licorice and black pepper with a hint of oak visible. The medium-full bodied palate has fresh sweet fruit, fine tannins, length and structure.
This is a wine that greatly over-delivers in all respects.
Cellaring estimate: Short to medium term.
Suggested food match: Red meat dishes and aged cheeses.
What the experts say:
“Meerea Park’s Hilltops/Hunter Valley shiraz blend has proven enormously popular in recent years. Rightly so. 2009 was a fantastic year in Hilltops.
Sweet, violetty, jube-like fragrance bursts from the glass. It’s alive and kicking right from the get-go. It tastes of liqueured cherries and blackberries, subtle spice and subtle, toasty oak. Really though it’s about pure, essence-like fruit flavour, served fresh and medium bodied and delicious. Velvety tannins keep it tidy. Fantastic quaffing.”
Rated : 91 Points
Campbell Mattinson – The Winefront – 9th June 2010