2001 ‘The Aunts’ Shiraz

TAS-2001[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley

Background: This wine is named after three of the original pioneer women of the Hunter Valley, who established the initial homestead on “Meerea” in the 1830’s. The three women were referred to by the family as the “Aunts”. The establishment of the homestead coincided with the planting of the first Shiraz in the Hunter Valley.

Fruit Source: The wine is made from fruit off two low yielding old-vine Shiraz vineyards in lower Hunter.

Fermentation & Maturation: The fruit was fermented in open vats and then pressed into American oak and matured for 15 months. The wine was then bottled in August 2002 with minimum filtration.

Winemakers Comments: The cool conditions of 2001 allowed the fruit to ripen slowly and produce intensely flavoured wines high in natural acids which are suited to aging. The wine has rich spicy berry characters which are supported by smoky cinnamon oak. The palate has good length and ripe soft tannin, which will allow the wine to ade in the medium to long term.

Cellaring: Medium to long term 8 years

Awards:

3 Gold Medals, 4 Bronze Medals
TOP 40 NSW – 2002 NSW Wine Awards
97 / 100 Robert ParkerJnr. (USA)

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