Background: Meerea Park’s first release was from the 1991 vintage. 2011 represents our 20th vintage.
Fruit Source: The best barrels were selected from our 2011 vintage Shiraz sources, specifically looking for richness and balance, two important hallmarks of quality and ageing ability.
Fermentation: All barrels selected were from hand picked parcels. No barrel contained ferments with stems.
Maturation: After 24 months of maturation in new and one year old French oak, BLACK was fined using egg whites and then bottled with moderate filtration.
Winemaker’s Comments: 2011 ended up an excellent Hunter Valley vintage for both whites and reds after excessive rain at the end of 2010. Good growers whose vineyards were free of disease in December were able to produce wonderfully ripe and flavoursome fruit when the weather became quite warm and dry during the vintage months.
Tasting note: An intense crimson colour with hints of purple. The nose is solid Shiraz with nuances of violets and chocolate. The full to medium bodied palate is packed with black fruits and creamy complexity. This wine has exceptional length of flavor with a lingering finish.
Cellaring estimate: This wine has all the characteristics that are required for long term cellaring.
Suggested food match: Red meat dishes and aged cheeses.
Production: 1408 numbered 750ml bottles and 50 numbered 1500ml bottles.
“A best barrels of vintage selection made in Meerea Park’s 20th vintage. Don’t pay any attention to the light, developed colour, because the wine is elegant, finely structured and with the infinitely complex and unique aromas and flavours of shiraz entering what will be a long plateau of perfection. It is earthy, spicy, and has purple (plum) ad black (blackberry) fruits and savoury tannins. If you decant the wine 2 hours before serving, you won’t have to work hard to find them, they will immediately find every corner of your mouth”. 96 Points – James Halliday October 2017.