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. Since the first release in 1995, this label has amassed 6 Gold, 16 Silver and 31 Bronze medals as well as TOP 40 NSW Wines placings in 1999 & 2001.
Fruit Source: This single vineyard wine is made from fruit off the low yielding, old-vine Howard family vineyard in Pokolbin, planted in 1968.
Fermentation & Maturation: The fruit was fermented in open vats and then pressed into American oak and matured for 19 months. The wine was then bottled in December 2006 with minimum filtration. Over time a harmless crust may appear in the bottle.
Winemakers Comments: 2005 is a spectacular vintage for Hunter Valley Shiraz that will be talked about for many years to come. A very warm January allowed fruit to obtain our desired phenological and sugar ripeness. The harvest period in February was interrupted only by isolated storms.
There are aromas of dark berry fruits on the nose as well as a hint of coconut/vanilla oak. The silky palate has an elegant richness, again showing blackberry/red currant fruit. The supple, soft tannins are in that classic medium bodied Hunter River Burgundy style which has in the past, and still is making the Hunter famous.
Cellaring: Medium to long term.
Suggested food match: Lamb and Veal meat dishes.
What the experts say:
“Aromas of rich blackberry, raspberry, pepper and licorice with smoky bacon and vanilla oak. On the palate medium bodied with blackberry, raspberry and blackcurrant, spice, vanilla and some smoky earthy flavours. Beautifully ripe expressive fruit without any heaviness. Smooth and supple with fine ripe tannins and balanced acidity. Long dry spicy finish with a blackcurranty aftertaste. Lipsmackingly good wine”.
Rated : 94 Points.
Gary Walsh – Winorama – June 2007.
“I’ve been raving about the 2005 Meerea Park reds, but this is the one you must not miss out on. It’s got a hit of vanillin oak, true, but most of all it’s earthy and spicy and deliciously plummy, the Hunter Valley engraved on a heart of lipsmacking drinkability. There a bit of leather and game in the background, serving to drive the yum factor higher. Drink: 2007-2013”.
Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front – June 2007.
The ‘Red Album’—The Wine Front – July 2007