2008 ‘XYZ’ Shiraz

XYZS-2008[1]Wine Notes

Region: Canberra District

Alcohol: 14.0%

Background: The XYZ brand wines constitute modern styles of the Hunter staples of Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. New Generation wines.

Fruit source: Fruit for this wine is from a mature Shiraz vineyard at Murrumbateman in the Canberra region. Previously a Hunter Valley Shiraz, but the disastrous 2008 Hunter red grape vintage meant we sourced fruit for this wine from Canberra. The 2009 vintage XYZ Shiraz will return to 100% Hunter Valley.

Fermentation: Half of the fruit parcel was crushed  and de-stemmed with the remaining half crushed and left with the stems and fermented in open vats.

Maturation: 18 months in French oak hogsheads prior to bottling in October 2009.

Winemaker’s comments: 2008 was a disastrous Hunter vintage for Shiraz. With only 10% of our usual quantity harvested, we turned to the Canberra and Hilltops regions to purchase fruit. Hence, no 100% Hunter Shiraz will be released from the 2008 vintage by Meerea Park.

Tasting notes: A bright crimson hue in the glass, the stalks addition has given a lifted fragrance to the nose above the dark berry fruits. The palate is medium-bodied with a little fruit sweetness, but finishes long and dry.

Cellaring estimate: Medium term.

Suggested food match: Beef, lamb and aged cheeses.

What the experts say:

“Hunter Valley winery Meerea Park adds a new label to its collection with excellent, affordably priced semillon, chardonnay and shiraz, the last sourced from the fast-rising Murrumbateman district. Half the fruit was whole-bunch fermented, a technique finding increasing favour with those wanting to push the boundaries with cool-grown shiraz. It’s superbly spicy, complex and tantalising on the nose, moving into a palate of elegance, persistence and depth. Floral, spice and berry flavours mark this as a cool-grown regional wine from Canberra, where 2008 was a great vintage. Only 250 dozen were made. Drink now to six years plus.”


Huon Hooke – SMH ‘Good Living Wine Of The Week’ – 20th April 2010

“This is a firm structural wine of some size, though it needs time to resolve itself. It’s peppery and stalky with flavours of mixed berries and jellybeans – of the black variety. It’s firm with tannin and a touch bitter, but should age very, very well. One for the cellar.”

92 Points.

The Big Red Wine Book 2010/2011

“Dense purple-crimson; a fragrant and spicy bouquet leads into a supple palate reflecting whole bunch fermentation, although not the least stemmy; 250 cases made of a delicious wine.”

Rating 95

James Halliday – 2011 Australian Wine Companion

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