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Meerea Park XYZ Shiraz

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The brothers Eather like to experiment a fair bit with their wines and this Shiraz not only saw a splash of Viognier in the ferment but 10% of the Shiraz fruit was left on stems in open fermenters to lend complexity. Technical wizardry aside, the end result is a fabulous regional Shiraz. The addition of Viognier has added tremendous perfume and the palate is nicely rounded with sweet berry fruit and a soft finish. Go to the butcher and order a nice cut of steak for this one.

Winemaker's Notes

A bright crimson colour in the glass; the combination of an addition of stems and Viognier to the ferment has added to the already lovely fragrance of red berry fruits. The palate is medium-bodied with a hint of fruit sweetness. Oak is subtle and the tannins are fine and soft.

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Meerea Park XYZ Shiraz

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
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.
Aug/Sept 2013
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Meerea Park is a noted Hunter Valley producer, but this wine is from the Canberra District. It was made because of the wash-out in the Hunter in 2008. 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 it should age very, very well. One for the cellar.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good hue and depth of colour; fresh, bright fruit profile, the flavours in a cherry/raspberry range. Experimental wine; 110 cases made.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
An experimental wine from Meerea Park made using 100 per cent new oak and, less common for the region, 50 per cent whole grape bunches. This means that the grapes were fermented into wine as whole clusters rather than with the stems removed. A wine for the enthusiast or the adventurous. It's fresh and lively with cherry, berries and the lift of menthol and stalk. Throw in some licorice, spice and plenty of cedary oak and you get the complete picture. It's a firmly tannic wine and only just above medium-bodied, though it has drive and power. It should mature very well.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009

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