Region: Hilltops (80%) & Hunter Valley (20%)
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: The ‘Terra Australis’ vineyard at Young in the Hilltops GI, and the ‘Ben Ean’ and ‘Somerset’ vineyards in the Hunter Valley were the fruit source for the 2010 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 12 months and then blended to reach the desired style.
Winemaker’s comments: 2010 continues the good Hilltops vintage run with an equally good vintage for Shiraz in the Hunter. The 2010 Hilltops Shiraz fruit, while not as ripe as the 2009 vintage, is more in line with this style of wine.
Tasting note: Bright crimson hue in the glass; aromas of red fruits, spice and black pepper on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied and juicy. Tannins are fine and well managed in a wine that over-delivers in all respects.
Cellaring estimate: Short to medium term.
Suggested food match: Red meat dishes.
What the experts say:
“From the Meerea Park website: “The ‘Terra Australis’ vineyard at Young in the Hilltops GI, and the ‘Ben Ean’ and ‘Somerset’ vineyards in the Hunter Valley were the fruit source for the 2010 vintage release.” It’s 80 percent Hilltops and the remainder Hunter Valley shiraz.
This 2010 is another solid release from Meerea Park. The value run continues. It’s cherry-plummed and earthen with a sweet spot of raspberry/raisin and a whisper of spicy oak. It’s a slightly lighter year and the oak has largely been backed off; it’s a ripe, fresh, fruit-driven little number. It’s not a blockbuster – thankfully – but it’s good value buying once again.”
Rated : 89 Points
Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front – June 2011
“A blend of Hilltops and Hunter Valley shiraz, reflecting Rhys Eather’s view that the former region can provide more bang for the buck at this price point, partly because the Hilltops can reliably produce better yields than the Hunter Valley without sacrificing quality. There is real synergy between the two regions: red and black fruits, spices and pepper are all present on the medium-bodied palate and silky finish. Drink it now or significantly later.”
James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion – November 2011