Region: Hunter Valley
Background: ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz is our flagship wine and made from the best parcel of shiraz fruit we receive each year.
Only wine from the very best Hunter vintages will be kept to cellar and re-release at 8—10 years of age. The 1998 vintage was the first vintage as an Aged-Release.
Fruit Source: Situated in Pokolbin, the ‘Ivanhoe’ vineyard is the Shiraz source for this wine and has been consistently our best Shiraz fruit source since 2001. The vines have an average age of 40+ years, with some much older and are dry-land grown.
Fermentation: Hand picked fruit, 35% with stems retained, was crushed into open vats and plunged twice daily to optimize flavour and tannin extraction. The wine was then lightly airbag pressed and transferred into French oak barriques of which 40% were new.
Maturation: After 20 months of maturation the wine was lightly egg white fined and then bottled with minimal filtration.
Winemaker’s comments: 2007 has proven itself as a great Hunter Valley shiraz vintage. Very low yields following on from the very hot 2006 vintage, ripened easily with only minor storm activity towards harvest. As a whole, 2007 vintage Hunter shirazes have an inherent completeness about them making them very approachable upon release, but also have the structure to reward cellaring.
Tasting note: Deep crimson colour in the glass, plenty of ripe dark fruits and hints of earth, spice and licorice on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied; lush and rich with blackberry and creamy oak. This wine has an elegant long finish and is already showing great balance.
Cellaring estimate: This wine has all the hallmarks that are required for long term cellaring. 20+ years.
Suggested food match: Red meat dishes and aged cheeses.