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Meerea Park Hell Hole Shiraz

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Not the most attractive name for a wine but it refers to the original Hungarian migrants who were shocked by the hot conditions in the Hunter and called it “Pokolbin” which roughly translates as hell-hole. This style of Shiraz typifies the Hunter in that there’s sweet fruit, savoury elements and an attractive, medium bodied palate. As always it’s full of character, regional flavour and super soft tannins that cascade across the mouth. One to put away in the cellar as defined acids ensure this will last a decade or more.

Winemaker's Notes

A vivid crimson in colour with strong aromas of plum, blueberries and dark chocolate on the nose. The medium bodied palate has a great depth of flavour of dark forest berries, accompanied by well managed spicy French oak. The tannins are fine and rounded resulting in a long balanced finish.

Food: Red meat based cuisine.

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Meerea Park Hell Hole Shiraz

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Mike Bennie (2010 Vintage) says
In the medium bodied groove but packing in quite a dense fruit profile - red berries, dark cherry, plum - and there's hallmark leather and spice. It's quite rugged with tannins, but the feeling is good and adds grip and pucker that shapes the wine further. Youthful now, watch this soar with cellar time.
Australia's Wine Business Magazine February
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Impressive complexity hycathin and black pepper to almost cherry aromas. Very soft initial palate with good middle palate richness, mouthfilling flavours and clean firm finish that brings the pepper and cherries back.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
"Crimson-purple; luscious black fruits, with a hint of licorice, are swathed in a silky web of oak and tannins; has great mouthfeel to a long, medium-bodied palate. Screwcap."
Wine Companion - 3rd October
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good hue; the fruit aromas and flavours are led by blackberry, with plum and a touch of spice in support; the medium-bodied palate has impeccable balance, and all the wine needs is a few more years to soften and open up.
To 2022
Australian Wine Companion 2011
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Meerea's take on the old style shiraz. This is a soft wine with regional earthy spice flavours, well worth the wait for it to mature.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
Full credit to the small, growing band of makers returning to the classic Hunter Burgundy style. This is a refreshingly elegant wine with a strong percentage of stalks in the ferment, lending texture and structure to its plum skin fruit. Seamlessly constructed, it's an accurate reflection of this strong vintage
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This top-flight bottling delivers ripe dark berries and plum fruits, some lighter fragrant notes too; attractive and clean. Plenty of dark earthy complexity and oak spice in the mouth, medium-weight; dry dusty tannins dig in through the finish, dropping a wake of savoury liquorice complexity and dark minerals.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Deep, but bright colour; voluminous shiraz fruit aromas and flavours are supported by positive tannins; long range proposition and will reward.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
Maybe it's the name but ever since it first appeared - with the 2003 vintage - it's been a wine I've looked forward to tasting. It's a single vineyard wine made from the Howard 'Somerset' vineyard, planted in the 1960s. It is one of the Hunter's best vineyards. 2006 RELEASE I liked this wine so much that I felt like a better person the moment I started drinking it. It's perfumed and musky and outrageously plummy, its earthy, spicy foundations evident, but discreet. A fine flourish of scented flavour bursts through the finish; as do superfine tannins. Wow. Classic Hunter, in the best possible way. DRINK 2012-2020.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A silky, fluid mouthfeel, with undulations of red fruits and supple tannins; though only light- to medium-bodied, has all the flavour one could wish for.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Meerea’s take on the old-style shiraz. This is a soft wine with regional earthy spice flavours, well worth the wait for it to mature.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; an elegant, medium-bodied wine; good texture and structure; plum, cherry and blackberry fruit, with fine tannins. Has soaked up the French oak in which it spent 2 years; 150 dozen made.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Slightly more advanced colour (than the Alexander Munro); quite focused and intense black fruits; good structure and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006

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