2014 ‘XYZ’ Shiraz

“Complexity is rarely so delicious. This is spot on. Plum and cherry liqueur fruit, smoke, licorice, cloves and meaty, spicy aspects galore. Firm but exuberant. There’s plenty to think on here but even more to simply tuck into and enjoy.

Rating: 95. James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion website – 3rd February 2016


2014 ‘Terracotta’ Syrah

This is right in the slot. A Barry White meets Sade number. Sexy croon + smooth operator.

Aromas are an evocative mix of savoury goodness and berry fruits. A dollop of Viognier (2%) has given this a floral lift. Juicy red and dark berry fruits run riot with a dab of fruit sweetness. Generous in delivery but holds the medium body frame. A style of wine which is hard not to adore, the softer approach certainly has a more endearing persona. Plummy, delicate chocolate, a dusting of earth and spice round out a deliciously smooth and supple wine. Damn.

Cellar long term. Or not.

Excellent. Qwine – 17th January 2016


2014 ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz

Hell Hole is a reference to pokol (Hungarian for hell or purgatory) and legend has it that early migrant settlers used the term “hell hole” in the midst of a scorching hot Pokolbin summer.

That said, this is a hell of a good red, with purple-tinted crimson hues, 14 per cent alcohol and gamy scents.

Plush loganberry flavour shows on the front palate, rhubarb, licquorice, dark chocolate and cedary oak marry on the middle palate and minty tannins play on the finish.

5 stars. John Lewis – Newcastle Herald – 9th January 2016.


2014 ‘Hell Hole’ Hunter Valley Shiraz

Ignore the name, there is nothing at all cursed about this wine.

It’s elegant, graceful and downright gorgeous in its fragrant violet, rose petal and black cherry bouquet.

The palate captures pristine black cherry fruit, upholding fragrant poise from start to finish, underlined by very fine, gentle, mineral tannins. This is what classic Hunter Shiraz is about.

95 Points – Tyson Stelzer – January 2016


2014 ‘BLACK’ Shiraz

Yes, its expensive, but it is an exceptional red and will cellar for yonks.

It displays cassis and lavender aromas and brings Satsuma plum to the front of the palate.

Mulberry, black pepper, anise and dark chocolate characters meld with vanillan oak on the middle palate. Rating 5.5 glasses.

John Lewis – Newcastle Herald – 2nd December 2015.


2010 Alexander Munro Semillon

‘Meerea Park Alexander Munro 2010 semillon ($45) sat in bottle for five years before release. Grapes were sourced from the Braemore vineyard in Pokolbin. It features delicate lemon, hay, lemongrass and wax flavours along with a light grip and juicy flow to the finish’. 95 / 100.

Ben Thomas – The Weekly Review November 2015


2014 Terracotta Syrah

‘Here is a class act from the Leonard Estate vineyard, in Pokolbin. It is vivid purple, has 14 per cent alcohol and brings scents of berry pastille and cinnamon to the nose. Profound ripe plum flavour rolls onto the front palate and cherry, coffee cream chocolate , spearmint and spice fruit characters integrate with savoury oak on the middle palate. The finish brings forth smooth, earthy tannins. ★★★★★.

John Lewis – Newcastle Herald – 21st October 2015


2013 ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz

Old vine fruit fermented in open vats, then matured in French oak (45% new) for 20 months. Rhys Eather obviously recognised the potential of the grapes early on in the piece when allocating the amount of new oak; you can see it, but it’s tightly surrounded by the clasp of intense blackberry, earthy fruits; its tannins strengthen that clasp, but not brutally. Rated 95. James Halliday – 2016 Australian Wine Companion


2005 ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon – Aged Release

From the celebrated Braemore Vineyard planted in ’69, and still on an upwards trajectory. Bright green-straw; lime, honey, buttered toast and acidity contribute equally to a great Hunter Valley semillon, the length and aftertaste prodigious. Rated 97. James Halliday – 2016 Australian Wine Companion


2010 ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon

The grapes grown on the celebrated Braemore Vineyard   produced the finest wine of the vintage once again. While still showing the life-giving acidity of Hunter Valley semillon, this has an extra layer to its panoply of lemon/citrus fruits, in turn elevating and driving the impact of the finish and aftertaste. A very high quality semillon. Rated 96. James Halliday – 2016 Australian Wine Companion


2005 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz – Aged Release

The grapes come from the 50+yo vines of the Ivanhoe Vineyard. A full-bodied shiraz with varietal and regional  expression contributing equally to the sombre black fruits, earth, leather and black olive flavours. The wine is still in its infancy, but has the balance to coast through the next two decades, even then with more life ahead. Rated 96. James Halliday – 2016 Australian Wine Companion


2010 ‘Terracotta’ Semillon

From the Howard family vineyard on Oakey Creek Road. Glistening gold, it has now confidently entered the second phase of its life, its bouquet fragrant, its palate with a wisp of honey joining the circus of citrus flavours. Keep this for as long as you like – or revel in it tonight. Rated 95. James Halliday – 2016 Australian Wine Companion


2014 ‘Hell Hole’ Semillon

From 40yo vines on the Lochleven Vineyard. Rich and generous, reflecting the vintage – a luxury for semillon makers wishing to determine when they wish to pick, not forced by rain, actual or imminent. This is full of sweet lemon juice  nicely tempered by crisp acidity. Rated 94. James Halliday – 2016 Australian Wine Companion


2013 ‘XYZ’ Shiraz

Whole bunch fermentation in a large, French oak foudre was followed by maturation in French hogsheads. This has resulted in a generous helping of X-factor in the XYZ. Light, bright and clear red, it is very fresh, the oak less obvious than the crisp acidity and low tannin make up. Likely to split opinions: too much of a good thing or not? Rated 93. James Halliday – 2016 Australian Wine Companion


2013 ‘Indie’ Shiraz Pinot

From a single vineyard in Pokolbin, 80% shiraz, 20% pinot, matured in French hogsheads (50% new) for 20 months. The shiraz has absorbed the pinot all bar a flicker of red fruits and a slightly softening of the palate. Counterintuitively, the     influence of the pinot may become more obvious with time. Rated 93. James Halliday – 2016 Australian Wine Companion


2013 Cabernet Merlot

A 78/28% blend from the Terra Australis Vineyard, matured in used French oak for 17 months. Has instantaneous appeal with its juicy red cherry, cassis and blueberry flavours leading the way on the light to medium-bodied palate, perfectly pitched oak and tannins add an extra dimension. Ludicrously underpriced. Rated 92. James Halliday – 2016 Australian Wine Companion


2014 ‘Indie’ Marsanne Roussanne

2014 ‘Indie’ Marsanne RoussanneBoth parcels from the mature Lochleven Vineyard; hand-picked, each fermented separately in French oak (20% new). A complex matrix is presented, and given its genealogy, it should be given a few years to point to its future. The only reservation is that it starts with a big base (as does its maker).Rated 92. James Halliday – 2016 Australian Wine Companion


2005 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz

This is big for a Hunter shiraz; deep and assertive with density. Smoky, charred barrel and coconut over dark cherry and plum. It’s impressively proportioned. Best 2010 to 2020. 93/100.

Huon Hooke – SMH Good Living

 


2009 ‘XYZ’ Shiraz

Medium-deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 XYZ Shiraz has a good intensity of pure blackberry and black cherry aromas over anise, tree bark, violets and cumin seed. Very crisp and medium-bodied in the mouth, it has just enough flesh with a medium level of very fine grained tannins and a long berry laced finish. Consider drinking this one 2012 to 2018+. 91+.

Lisa Perotti-Brown MW – The Wine Advocate #194

 


2014 Hell Hole Semillon

“From 40yo vines on the Lochleven Vineyard. A rich and generous wine, reflecting the vintage and the consequent alcohol – a luxury for Semillon makers wishing to determine when they wish to pick, not forced by rain, actual or imminent. This is full of sweet lemon juice nicely tempered by crisp acidity”

94 Points. James Halliday – Wine Companion Magazine – June/July 2015.


2010 Alexander Munro Semillon

“Grown on the Braemore vineyard. Bottled way back in July 2010 but held back from release until April 2015. It’s vital, fresh, spritzy and long. This is in super form. Wax, citrus, hay and lemongrass, with a whisper of honeysuckle holding on through the finish. Sophisticated and seductive at once. Delicate too. Just beautiful. Ready to drink now though showing no signs of tiring.”

94 Points Campbell Mattinson – The Winefront – 10th May 2015


2014 Alexander Munro Chardonnay

“Rhys Eather used grapes from the old-vine Casuarina vineyard in Hermitage Road, Pokolbin to make this Meerea Park flagship brand chardonnay. The fruit quality was assured because the vineyard is managed by master viticulturalist Ken Braye. The wine is green-tinted straw and has scents of mango and vanilla beans. Vibrant yellow nectarine flavour features on the front of the palate and cumquat, oatmeal and butterscotch fruit characters meld With vanillin oak on the middle palate. Lemony acid comes through at the finish.”

🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷John Lewis – Newcastle Herald – 9th May 2015


2010 Terracotta Semillon

“A gorgeous maturing Hunter Semillon, savoury and full of interest. The plump, succulent palate has a lingering finish. Ageing? Drink over four years.”

Score : 96 Points

Value Fantastic.

Ralph Kyte-Powell – Sydney Morning Herald – Good Food – 5th May 2015


2013 ‘Indie’ Shiraz Pinot

“Made from 80% shiraz and 20% pinot noir, this blend has gamey scents show on the nose and the front palate unfolds smooth plum flavour. Blackberry, peppermint chocolate and licorice fruit characters meld with subtle leathery oak on the middle palate and ferric tannins display at the finish.”

4 ½ stars – John Lewis – Newcastle Herald – 29th April 2015


2009 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz

“Rhys Eather here capitalises on some fine shiraz fruit from Stephen and Tracy Drayton’s Ivanhoe vineyard in Marrowbone Road, Pokolbin. The wine is crimson with deep purple tints and has aromas of ripe cranberries and vanilla pods. Intense Satsuma plum flavour glides on to the front palate and black pepper, Turkish delight chocolate and anise fruit characters combine with subtle vanillan oak on the middle palate. Smooth minty tannins feature at the finish.”John Lewis – Newcastle Herald – 27th April 2011

 


2013 Hell Hole Shiraz

“If, like me, you’re a fan of traditional – dare I say “old fashioned” – Hunter Valley “burgundy”, you’ll bloody love this. Like some of the great old Hunter Shirazes of the past, this single vineyard wine has enormously wild, earthy, animal complexity: it tastes like ripe squashed blood plums rolled in red dusty soil and drizzled with the pan juices from a rib eye roast. Yum.”

Max Allen – The Australian – 6th April 2015


2009 ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon

“Here’s another wine of the highest quality. The fresh lemon curd aromas are captivating, and the palate is rich and long, with a great line of acidity. If you wish to try a brilliant Hunter Semillon in the prime of its life, buy this without hesitation.”

★★★★★
Winewise Magazine – 2015 Semillon Championship.


2011 ‘Black’ Shiraz

Medium-to-deep red colour, with little purple tinge. It has a developed slightly animal bouquet, peppery, oyster shell and briny notes. The palate is full-bodied, savoury and inky, with developed savoury flavours and dry, firm tannins. Dry and slightly warm on the palate, with plenty of flavour. Will repay further aging.”

93 Points. Huon Hooke – The Wine Guide 2015


2009 ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon

“Bright, light, yellow/green colour. The bouquet, but not the colour, revealing toasty straw bottle-age. Very bright, fresh, youthful and lively, with beginnings of bottle-aged straw and toast flavours, and starting to be quite complex. Intense and penetrating palate, Delicious middle-aged Semillon. It has many years still to go.”

94 Points. Huon Hooke – The Wine Guide 2015


2010 ‘Terracotta’ Semillon

“From the Howard family vineyard on Oakey Creek Road. Glistening gold, it has now confidently entered the second phase of its life, its bouquet fragrant, its palate with a wisp of honey joining the circus of citrus flavours. Keep this for as long as you like – or revel in it tonight.”

95 Points – James Halliday – Wine Companion March 2015


2005 Terracotta Semillon

“Glowing green-gold; generous lemon and lemon tart flavours are braced by typical acidity. The vines are grown on red basalt/clay soils that limit the yield, and provide the seamless texture and structure – a seriously good wine, still in second gear.” Rating 96.

James Halliday – 2015 Australian Wine Companion


2011 The Aunts Shiraz

“Open-fermented, plunged and pumped over, then spends 18 months in French (80%) and American oak, 35% new; egg white-fined and sterile filtered. Excellent crimson-purple; there is generous blackberry and plum fruit, but the oak interrupts the flow on the palate. Needs time.” Rating 93.

James Halliday – 2015 Australian Wine Companion


2011 XYZ Shiraz

“A new generation Hunter Valley shiraz indeed. It comes from a single vineyard in the Pokolbin area, with whole bunch fermentation and maturation in larger format French puncheons and hogsheads. The opulently juicy black fruit flavours are totally seductive, and the balance and length will win applause from the objective taster.” Rating 95.

James Halliday – 2015 Australian Wine Companion


2009 Alexander Munro Semillon

“Still pale straw-green; from the celebrated Braemore Vineyard and held for its first release in Apr ’14 when 5 years old; this is an exceptional semillon with power, precision and varietal purity rocketing through the ultra-long palate.” Rating 96.

James Halliday – 2015 Australian Wine Companion


2011 Black Shiraz

“The wine commemorates Meerea Park’s 20th vintage in the Hunter Valley, and is a blend of the best wines from ’11. It is a very good wine, speaking clearly of this exceptional Hunter Valley vintage, but it reflects the all-too-human winemaker response of choosing new oak barrels. I know, because I’ve been there. In 10 years it is more than possible that all will be forgiven, for there is some very good varietal fruit.” Rating 94.

James Halliday – 2015 Australian Wine Companion


2009 Alexander Munro Shiraz

“Re-release. The wine has barely changed (nor the price increased) since first tasted 3 years ago, when I wrote ‘Crimson; a fragrant damson plum and black cherry bouquet, then a silky medium-bodied palate, the tannins fine, the finish long, the balance perfect.’ ” Rating 96.

James Halliday – 2015 Australian Wine Companion


2011 Terracotta Syrah

“Open-fermented with a little viognier; 22 months maturation in French hogsheads (30% new); name change from Shiraz to Syrah. What Hell Hole has in power, this has in finesse; red fruit notes are balanced with positively silky tannins.” Rating 95.

James Halliday – 2015 Australian Wine Companion


2011 Indie Shiraz Pinot

“A 70/30% blend looking back to the great wines of Maurice O’Shea made 70 or so years ago, the last surviving bottles still marvellous to drink; fermented with the stems included, and matured in French oak, this sings an ode to O’Shea, with its silky red berry fruits and tangy spices ex the stems.” Rating 95.

James Halliday – 2015 Australian Wine Companion


2011 Hell Hole Shiraz

“Sourced from nigh-on 50-year-old vines from the Leonard Vineyard; open-fermented; 22 months in French hogsheads (30% new). Vivid crimson-purple, this medium to full-bodied wine is all class; black fruits framed by Hunter Valley leather and earth, and French oak; excellent tannins. Will be exceptionally long-lived.” Rating 96.

James Halliday – 2015 Australian Wine Companion


2013 Hell Hole Semillon

“Old vine semillon from the Kindred Vineyard has produced an extremely intense and finely chiselled palate, with minerally acidity appearing through to the long finish and aftertaste. Absolutely certain to outlive me by several decades.” Rating 94.

James Halliday – 2015 Australian Wine Companion


2009 Terracotta Semillon

“Pale straw-green; the lemongrass, cut grass and mineral characters run through the long palate from start to finish, the first hint of honey starting to make its presence felt on the back-palate and finish. A distinguished semillon at the start of a meaningful life.” Rating 94.

James Halliday – 2015 Australian Wine Companion


2009 Hell Hole Shiraz – Cellar Release

“Is still bright crimson; a truly delicious Hunter Valley shiraz, the foundation red plum and black cherry fruit swathed in the finest imaginable, yet persistent, web of tannins; oak is a contributor, but no more. A wine I desperately wanted to drink during this tasting.” Rating 96.

James Halliday – 2015 Australian Wine Companion


2013 Semillon Sauvignon

“A jazzy new label design for Meerea Park is a plus, and this Hunter Valley semillon/Orange sauvignon blanc doesn’t disappoint, even if the junior partner (sauvignon blanc) has assumed control of proceedings with passionfruit and guava to the fore, semillon providing the largely hidden structure. Bargain basement.” Rating 90.

James Halliday – 2015 Australian Wine Companion


2005 ‘Terracotta’ Shiraz

Hunter Valley shiraz writ large. Smoky char oak and meaty, earthy fruit typical of the region but with superb concentration and depth. Elegant, fleshy and just a tad animal. This is a character-filled red of great potential. Now to 2025. 93/100.

Huon Hooke – SMH Good Living

 


2013 Alexander Munro Chardonnay

“The 2013 Alexander Munro Chardonnay offers expressive notes of apricots, guava and green mango with touches of cedar, cashews and meal. Medium-bodied, it fills the palate with ripe stone fruit and tropical flavors, nicely complimented with toasty notes and refreshing acidity, finishing long and creamy. Drink it now to 2018+. 91+.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown – The Wine Advocate #213 – Jun 2014

 


2013 ‘Hell Hole’ Semillon

“Old vine Semillon from the Kindred Vineyard has produced an extremely intense and finely chiselled palate, with minerally acidity appearing through to the long finish and aftertaste. Absolutely certain to outlive me by several decades. 94 Points.

James Halliday – Wine Companion Magazine – June/July 2014.


2011 ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz

“Sourced from nigh-on 50-year-old vines from the Leonard Vineyard, open-fermented, 22 months in French hogsheads (30% new). Vivid crimson purple, this medium to full-bodied wine is all class; black fruits framed by Hunter Valley leather and earth, and French oak; excellent tannins. Will be exceptionally long lived. 96 Points.

James Halliday – Top 100 Cellaring Selections – June 2014.


2009 Terracotta Semillon

Intensely scented of lemongrass, fresh hay and kumquats with a hint of crushed stones, the 2009 Terracotta Semillon gives plenty of expressive, evolved Semillon flavors supported by crisp acid and finishing with very good persistence. Drink it now to 2022+. 91+.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown – The Wine Advocate #213 – Jun 2014


2011 Terracotta Syrah (Shiraz)

Deep garnet-purple in color and full of cassis, wild blueberries and crushed plum aromas with chocolate box and violet hints, the generously fruited, medium to full-bodied 2011 Terracotta Shiraz gives tons of ripe, black fruit flavors supported by medium levels of finely grained tannin set aside just enough acidity. It finishes long with some floral and spice nuances coming through. Drink it now to 2021+. 92+.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown – The Wine Advocate #213 – Jun 2014


2009 Alexander Munro Shiraz

Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Alexander Munro Shiraz has maturing blackberry preserves and dried plum notes over nuances of Chinese five spice, incense, licorice and smoked bacon. Light to medium-bodied, the palate reveals a tart acid backbone cutting through the concentrated flavors and medium to firm, chewy tannins before finishing long. Drink it now to 2019+. 90+

Lisa Perrotti-Brown – The Wine Advocate #213 – Jun 2014


2011 Indie Shiraz Pinot Noir

A blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Pinot Noir, the 2011 Indie Shiraz / Pinot Noir is medium garnet in color with a hint of purple and scented of warm black plums, mulberries and black cherries with a black raspberry, pepper and anise undercurrent. Medium-bodied, it fills the palate with pepper-laced, red and black fruit flavors supported by velvety tannins and a lively acid backbone. It finishes long. Drink it now to 2017+. 89+.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown – The Wine Advocate #213 – Jun 2014


2011 Hell Hole Shiraz

“Deep garnet-purple in color the 2011 Hell Hole Shiraz has an intense nose of blackberry preserves, blackcurrant cordial and dried plums with hints of fertile earth, charcoal and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, it gives and very good concentration of earthy black fruit flavors framed by rounded tannins and balanced acidity before finishing long. Drink it now to 2019+. 91+.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown – The Wine Advocate #213 – Jun 2014


2011 Black Shiraz

“Medium garnet-purple in color and scented of dried mulberries and kirsch with hints of Indian spices, tree bark, truffles and aniseed, the 2011 Black Shiraz manages to pack plenty of muscular, multi-layered black fruit and exotic spice flavors into a medium-bodied, delicate package held in place with medium to firm, rounded tannins, lively acid and a finish with great length. Drink it now to 2023+. 94+.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown – The Wine Advocate #213 – Jun 2014


2011 ‘The Aunts’ Shiraz

“This was a successful season for the Hunter, unfazed by conditions that challenged other regions. Sourced from a 1965 block, the 2011 vintage was matured in all French, rather than American, oak. Tannin structure is now taut and chalky; dark cassis fruit has sweet cherry highlights and traces of pepper and earth. 93.

Alan Hunter – Qweekend – 17th May 2014.


2014 ‘Indie’ Marsanne Roussanne

“Marsanne and roussanne are two French-origin grape varieties that in their homeland produce the white wines of St Joseph, Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage appellations in the northern Rhone Valley. A vintage at Chapoutier winery gave Meerea Park winemaker Rhys Eather liking for Marsanne-roussanne blends and here he has produced one from the 2014 Hunter vintage. It shines light gold in the glass and has musk aromas. Quince flavour features on the front of the palate and lychee, orange peel and cinnamon characters on the middle palate. The finish has slatey acidity.”

4 ½ stars – John Lewis – Newcastle Herald – 21st March 2014


2014 ‘Indie’ Marsanne Roussanne

“Marsanne and roussanne are two French-origin grape varieties that in their homeland produce the white wines of St Joseph, Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage appellations in the northern Rhone Valley. A vintage at Chapoutier winery gave Meerea Park winemaker Rhys Eather liking for Marsanne-roussanne blends and here he has produced one from the 2014 Hunter vintage. It shines light gold in the glass and has musk aromas. Quince flavour features on the front of the palate and lychee, orange peel and cinnamon characters on the middle palate. The finish has slatey acidity.”

4 ½ stars – John Lewis – Newcastle Herald – 21st March 2014


2009 Alexander Munro Shiraz

First released in 2011, when I gave it a massive rap in these pages. Three years later, Alexander the Great has returned at the same price, a rerelease to bring the release age up to five years. It’s upheld great fruit integrity of black cherries and dark plums, layered with spice and a subtle backdrop of dark chocolate oak. This is an unashamedly medium-bodied style of lively acid focus, beautifully textured structure, poise and grace. Drink: 2019-2029 95 points.

Tyson Stelzer – Taste Weekly #143 – 14th March 2014


2009 Alexander Munro Semillon

“I don’t care what anyone says, the best semillon in the Hunter always comes from sandy soils, giving more finesse, better acid structure and longevity” says Meerea Park winemaker Rhys Eather, comparing his Alexander Munro (sandy soils) with his Terracotta (clay). Munro is sourced from the 1969 planted Braemore vineyard, referred to by Eather as Burgundian in the way Andrew Thomas, Pepper Tree and Meerea Park all source from the same vineyard. Harvested in a single pick, this is a semillon of pristine focus, tension, energy and texture, with a core of primary citrus energy and epic acid line. Profound mineral texture is classic Braemore, beautifully refined, eminently persistent and backward at five years of age. $30 at Banks (2008). 2009 coming late. Drink: 2019-2029. 96 points

Tyson Stelzer – Taste Weekly 143 – 14th March 2014


2011 Black Shiraz

“Sip and surrender is all I can advise. The dark, deep flavours of the earth and all its ferrel greatness slowly rise and spread through the mouth encapsulating all. “Oh, Er, Wow” is my tasting note. 98 points and I’m sure it will gain the other as it ages. $190 is a lot to ask so this wine is for the few that can afford it. However, in global terms, I think it very good value.

Tony Keys—The Key Report On Wine – 15th February 2014


2010 ‘The Aunts’ Shiraz

Light to medium crimson-purple; this may be the least of the three Individual Vineyard shirazs of Meerea Park, but it’s no slouch; its juicy medium-bodied palate is driven by its red cherry and plum fruit, oak very much a junior partner. Rating: 93.James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

 


2010 ‘XYZ’ Shiraz

Bright, light red-purple; pushes the envelope of ‘new Hunter Valley style’ with whole bunch fermentation and maturation in French oak puncheons (500-litre) and hogsheads (300-litre); light- to medium-bodied, it has vibrant red fruits and feathery tannins providing a silky mouthfeel. Ready now, but won’t collapse any time soon. Rating: 93.James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

 


2010 ‘Indie’ Shiraz

A bid to re-create wine in the style of Maurice O’Shea with its blend of shiraz from the Ben Ean Vineyard and pinot noir from the Kindred Loch Leven vineyard (both Hunter Valley, of course). It is elegant and medium-bodied, with berry fruits and fine, savoury tannins. Time will tell how close Rhys Eather has gone to achieving his aim. Rating: 92.James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

 


2007 ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon

The colour is has vivid green tinges; the bouquet foreshadows a totally delicious palate with ripe citrus, reaching into passionfruit, flavours, and a long finish tied together with gentle acidity. The show record tells the tale: silver medals in its youth, then gold medals at the Hunter Valley and Sydney shows in ’10. Has become even more enticing. Rating: 96.James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

 


2010 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz

The flagship of Meerea Park showcases the power of the Hunter’s ’10 vintage in its juicy fruit intensity, yet upholds great precision at every moment. An air of violets and white pepper hovers over focused, ripe black plum and blackberry fruits, on a supportive bed of finely textured, soft tannins. There are nuances of exotics, thanks to a healthy inclusion of stalks in the ferment. Rating: 95.James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

 


2010 ‘Terracotta’ Shiraz

Purple-crimson; the most complex, structured and aristocratic of the three Meerea Park Individual Vineyard shirazs from ’10; blackberry and plum fruit has a juicy drive and energy that courses through the palate to the finish and aftertaste; the tannins are balanced, and contribute more than the oak. Rating: 95.James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

 


2008 ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon

Bright, light straw-green; well on the way to developing the full majesty of mature semillon; lemon, lime and lemongrass intermingle with hints of lanolin which add flesh to the texture. Will develop very well, thanks to its balance. Rating: 94.James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

 


2011 ‘Hell Hole’ Semillon

The grapes come from the distinguished Howard’s Somerset Vineyard; it is as distinguished as it is fine and delicate; its balance and length exemplary. The flavours of lemongrass and herb are threaded through the acidity which guarantees a long life ahead. Rating: 94.James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

 


2011 ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz

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. Rating: 94.James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

 


2011 The Aunts Shiraz

“Open-fermented, plunged and pumped over, then spends 18 months in French (80%) and American oak, 35% new; egg white-fined and sterile filtered. Excellent crimson-purple; there is generous blackberry and plum fruit, but the oak interrupts the flow on the palate. Needs time. Rating 93.

James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion – 3rd October 2013.


2011 Black Shiraz

“Opened 36 hours ago, this is my third taste and it’s humming. Primary black fruits with a hint of earthy charcoal, redcurrants and leather ensure the Hunter’s terroir is carried confidently by the olfactory signature. Hints of vanilla cream and chocolate stem from the expensive new and old French oak from a mixture of barriques and puncheons. It’s pillow soft and carries an intense red fruit line with a tannin framework that’s seamlessly woven as it passes through the palate. It gathers and rolls with a gentle momentum carrying the oak well and pushing through the finish with a delicate, spicy length. So much enjoyment already but an exultant future ahead too. 95 Points.

Patrick Haddock – Wining Pom — 19th August 2013


2010 ‘Indie’ Shiraz Pinot

“Based on a traditional blend, the aromas are intense and spicy, perfumed, floral and lifted: quite unlike most Hunter shiraz. There’s a hint of ginger, while the taste is penetrating and elegant with fine but persuasive tannin.”

Winte Mag – April 2013

 


2011 Terracotta Syrah (Shiraz)

“A single-vineyard wine from Leonard Estate, with deep, smoky, toasted-fruit Hunter regional shiraz bouquet. It’s smooth and supple with intense mellow flavour, lashings of tannin and a fleshy texture. Delicious flavour; very long carry. A serious, cellarworthy shiraz. Best 2016 to 2041. 95/100.

Huon Hooke – SMH Good Living – 25th March 2013


2010 ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz

“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.” 94 Points.James Halliday – Wine Companion – 3rd October 2012

 


2007 ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon

“This single-vineyard Semillon is a textbook traditional Hunter style, with beeswax, lemon juice and citrus pith aromas that are still fresh and youthful. The middle palate is soft and rounded, clean and pure, with impeccable harmony. Drink now to 2022. 11 percent alcohol.” 95 / 100Huon Hooke – Good Living – 2nd October 2012

 


2010 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz

“Meerea Park’s flagship shiraz encapsulates all the power of 2010, embracing the juicy fruit intensity that characterises the vintage, yet doing so with great precision. This is wine of focused, ripe black plum and blackberry fruits over a field of violets and layers of white pepper, hovering above a finely textured plane of soft tannins. A healthy proportion of stalks in the ferment infuses nuances of exotics, lingering with great persistence. Drink: 2015 – 2020”

Tyson Stelzer – Wine Taste Weekly – 7/9/12.

 


2010 Inidie Shiraz Pinot

“It’s 1000 litres of Shiraz (some whole bunch, puncheon) off Ben Ean and 200 litres of Pinot Noir (barrique) from Kindred Lochleven Estate located at the end of Palmers Lane. 115 dozen 750ml + 100 magnums. $40 RRP ($100 magnum) and Cellar Door only. I wrote some fabulous and incisive comments on the wine, only to have a problem with ‘version control’ of my notes, so now I only have the first half. Oh well.Szechuan pepper, cloves, raspberry and cherry, vanilla and typical regional earthiness – but boy is it spicy. Medium bodied with juicy cherry and red fruit, a fair amount of tannin and balanced acidity – firm structure, playful fruit. Has length and no lack of interest. It’s a wine that runs on charisma and bold character – unusual, yet engaging. Needs a little time to settle down.” 93 Points.Gary Walsh – The Wine Front – August 2012

 


2006 ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon

The 2006 Alexander Munro Semillon has pronounced notes of lemongrass, lime juice, apple peel, grass and lemon tart. Crisp, dry and light-bodied, it has lots of citrusy flavor and a long clean finish. Drink it now through 2018+.91.

Lisa Perotti-Brown MW – The Wine Advocate #194

 


The Future Makers

“Meerea Park have gone further than perhaps anyone in making the most of the region’s old vineyards, and turning them into ultra-traditional Hunter wine styles.”

Max Allen – The future makers (Australian wines for the 21st century)

 


2009 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz

Alexander the Great is heir to the throne of Hunter shiraz, with no fear of the grave(yard). A wine of beautifully fine, chalky tannins, immaculately honed texture, refreshingly low alcohol and vibrant acid profile, it lingers with blueberries, olives, sarsaparilla, nutmeg, pitch and graphite. Long live the king! Drink 2019-2029. 96 Points.Tyson Stelzer – Wine Taste – 29th April 2011

 


2006 ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon

“Here’s a beautifully aged semillon that won a gold medal in the named vineyard, any vintage class at the 2009 Hunter Wine Show. it is brassy gold and has enticing scents of melon and vanilla beans. Preserved lemon flavour glides onto the front of the palate and nashi pear, spice and subtle honey and toast characters meld on the middle palate. The finish shows flinty acid.”John Lewis – Newcastle Herald – 11th April 2011

 


2009 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz

“Meerea Park? flagship shiraz is grown on the Ivanhoe Vineyard and then fermented with 30 percent whole bunches. Maturation is in all French oak, 40 percent of it new. No Alexander Munro Shiraz was produced from the rain-affected 2008 vintage.Less earth, more fruit and oak. The earthy Hunter characters will develop with time. Good signs all around. Flavours of pure, bright plum, creamy-smoke oak, woodspice and fresh cherries. It? a beautifully pure, pristine wine. Tannin is soft and ripe. Can? fault it. Accordingly, the contents of my bottle disappeared too fast.

Drink it while it? young and spunky; or wait another four or five years for developed characters to set in.” Rated : 93 Points

Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front – April 2011

 


2009 ‘XYZ’ Semillon

“Pale crystal green; a tightly folded single vineyard wine, without the usual flamboyant fruit characters of ’09; however, will grow with bottle age.” Rated 90James Halliday – 2011 Australian Wine Companion

 


2009 ‘XYZ’ Chardonnay

“Bright yellow-green; touches of smoky/funky characters (borrowed from Burgundy, perchance) lift the nectarine, fig and cashew characters of the palate; 250 cases made.” Rated 93James Halliday – 2011 Australian Wine Companion

 


2009 ‘Alexander Munro’ Chardonnay

“Some colour pick-up; very well made; nectarine and melon fruit swathed in a gauze of French oak, lengthened by citrussy acidity; 40-year-old vines.” Rated 93James Halliday – 2011 Australian Wine Companion

 


2008 Shiraz

“A blend of Hunter Valley/Hilltops which comes together very well, the Hilltops cooler-grown fruit adding elegance to a light- to medium-bodied palate that has persistent black fruits, licorice, leather notes. Gold medal Winewise ’09.” Rated 93James Halliday – 2011 Australian Wine Companion

 


2007 ‘The Aunts’ Shiraz

“Strong and bright colour; has distinct regional earthy overtones to the black fruits on the bouquet, but the sheer strength of the fruit on the palate, and in particular its bright acidity, swamps the regional notes away at this stage of its development; they will return later.” Rated 93James Halliday – 2011 Australian Wine Companion

 


2007 ‘Terracotta’ Shiraz

“The vintage produced powerful red wines, and this is no shrinking violet. But the viognier (less than 5%) has added what I call ‘light and shade’ highlights in both the red-fruit-tinged flavour, and a touch of finesse to the structure.” Rating 94James Halliday – 2011 Australian Wine Companion

 


2007 ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz

“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.” Rating 94James Halliday – 2011 Australian Wine Companion

 


2005 ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon

“Bright pale straw-green; has developed slowly but surely, still youthful and built around lemony acidity; is still building flavour, with another five-plus years to go to get close to its peak.” Rating 94James Halliday – 2011 Australian Wine Companion

 


2009 ‘Hell Hole’ Semillon

“For once vintage rain did not force early picking, and the ’09 semillons (this wine included) have an unusually intense citrus (lime and lemon) framework which offers great drinking now without threatening a sure-fire, 10-year future, thanks to the acidity and the screwcap.” Rated 94James Halliday – 2011 Australian Wine Companion

 


2008 ‘XYZ’ Shiraz

“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 95James Halliday – 2011 Australian Wine Companion

 


2007 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz

“Crimson-purple hue; a particularly distinguished single vineyard wine, featuring the Hunter Valley at its very best; dark plum, cherry and blackberry fruit is framed by supple tannins and perfectly balanced oak.” Rating 96James Halliday – 2011 Australian Wine Companion

 


2005 ‘Terracotta’ Semillon

“Glowing green-gold; richer and fuller than Alexander Munro, with generous lemon and lemon tart flavours braced by typical acidity; any time over the next five years. Screwcap.”Rating 96James Halliday – 2011 Australian Wine Companion

 


2010 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

“A handy stylistic take on the crisp dry white, drawing together Hunter semillon and Orange sauvignon to impressive effect. It’s all about crisp, juicy citrus and tropical fruit characters; the acidity kicks nicely through the finish, finishing lithe and long.” 91 Points.Nick Stock – 2011 Good Wine Guide

 


2009 Cabernet Merlot

“These medium-weight, affordably-priced reds from the Hilltops region have a habit of creeping up on you; the further you delve into the bottle, the more impressed you become.I liked this from the first sip. It seemed easy-going, curranty, fleshy/fruity through the finish and satisfying. As I topped up for the second and third time though I started to appreciate the wine? suede-like tannin, its earthen undercarriage and excellent length. It? not a big or ballsy wine and it is only medium in terms of its flavour intensity ? but it is a quality wine at an outstanding price.” 90+ Points.

Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front – January 2011

 


2009 ‘The Aunts’ Shiraz

“This wine is ruby-hued and has cherry and tobacco scents. Intense blackcurrant grabs the front palate and anise fruit combines with nutty oak on the middle palate. Slatey tannins and berry fruit harmonise at the finish.”John Lewis – Newcastle Herald – 15th December 2010

 


2002 ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon

“Delicious green-gold colour. Perfect mix of primary and secondary flavours. Hay, lanolin, lemon zest and lime. Great complexity. Great freshness. Length is good. The marvel of good Hunter Valley semillon? This is an example.”Rated : 93 PointsCampbell Mattinson – The Winefront – 3rd September 2010

 


2009 Shiraz

“Meerea Park? Hilltops/Hunter Valley shiraz blend has proven enormously popular in recent years. Rightly so. 2009 was a fantastic year in Hilltops.Sweet, violetty, jube-like fragrance bursts from the glass. It? alive and kicking right from the get-go. It tastes of liqueured cherries and blackberries, subtle spice and subtle, toasty oak. Really though it? about pure, essence-like fruit flavour, served fresh and medium bodied and delicious. Velvety tannins keep it tidy. Fantastic quaffing.” Rated : 91 Points.

Campbell Mattinson – The Winefront – 9th June 2010

 


2005 ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon

“From the Braemore vineyard, Rhys Eather has made a scorching semillon. Wonderful delicacy and intensity of lightly-browned toast and lemony flavours, beginning to build bottle-aged complexity. A classic and just 11 per cent alcohol. Now to five-plus years.” 96 / 100.Huon Hooke – SMH Good Living – 8th June 2010

 


2007 ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz

“Meerea Park ?ell Hole? Hunter Valley Shiraz 2007: As with its brother (Terracotta) it has the hunter earthy nose and immediately releases savoury flavours those flavours go deep and last long the whole effect in the mouth is a wonderful sensation. I found it more forward (slightly) then Terracotta therefore more enjoyable to drink now and worth a point more as well 94 also worth $50.”Tony Keys – Key Report of Wine #27 – 30th April 2010

 


2008 ‘XYZ’ Shiraz

“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.” 93/100.Huon Hooke – SMH ‘Good Living Wine Of The Week’ – 20th April 2010

 


1999 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz – Aged Release

“From old vines on the Howard vineyard at Pokolbin, this is a classic aged Hunter red, loaded with leathery, earthy, tar and crushed oyster-shell aromas. It has terroir by the spadeful. It’s savoury, elegant and mature.” 95.Wine Magazine – Top 100 New Releases – April 2010

 


2009 ‘Hell Hole’ Semillon

“The 2009 Hell Hole Semillon is a single vineyard wine, coming off Braemore Vineyard. It has an intense lemon / lime, lemongrass and slightly toasty nose. Very crisp and dry with a light body and great intensity of pure citrus fruit. Long finish. Drink 2012 to 2019. ” 90 Points.Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW – The Wine Advocate #188 – April 2010

 


2008 ‘Alexander Munro’ Chardonnay

“Coming from 40 year vines, the 2008 Meerea Park Alexander Munro Chardonnay is whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented in 35% new oak with no MLF. It gives a nice vibrancy of tropical, pineapple and guava aromas with some honeydew and a bit of spicy, toasty oak. Touch of oatmeal. Creamy, silken texture. Crisp acid. Rich yet medium body with a modest 13% alcohol. Nice concentration. Long in the finish with some minerality. Just 180 cases. Drink now to 2018. ” 92 Points.Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW – The Wine Advocate #188 – April 2010

 


2004 ‘Terracotta’ Semillon

“The 2004 Meerea Park Terracotta Semillon has a wonderfully aromatic citrus fruit nose with notes of grapefruit, yuzu zest, kumquat, white pepper, nuts and coriander seed. Crisp, clean, light body, intense. Long and minerally in the finish. Only 60 cases made. Drink now to 2020. ” 92 Points.Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW – The Wine Advocate #188 – April 2010

 


2004 ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon

“The 2004 Alexander Munro Semillon provides an intensely scented nose of lemon curd, grilled bread, toasted almond, lime cordial plus a touch of bark and pepper. Crisp with some honey-nut flavors coming through on the palate and a light body, it gives a very long finish. Only 180 cases produced. Drink now to 2020. ” 91 Points.Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW – The Wine Advocate #188 – April 2010

 


2007 ‘Terracotta’ Shiraz

“The 2007 Meerea Park Terracotta Shiraz was co-fermented with 3% Viognier. With a medium-deep garnet color it has a pretty hint of honeysuckle on the nose over blackberry crumble, vanillin, licorice and kirsch. There? also a warmer touch of prunes and spice-cake on the nose. Full and viscous. Rich, quite peppery with a long finish. Drink now to 2017. ” 92 Points.Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW – The Wine Advocate # 188 – April 2010

 


2007 ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz

“Such was the supreme ripeness of 2007 that 20-25% stalks were included in the ferment of the 2007 Meerea Park Hell Hole Shiraz. It was matured in larger French oak format, hogsheads and puncheons, for 20-21 months, 30-40% new. It gives a deep garnet color leading to spicy, peppery, warm blackberry and blueberry aromas with some anise, underbrush, cardamom and a noticeable waft of cedar. Violets come through after a few minutes. Clean, pure, medium bodied, it is very spicy on the palate with finely grained tannins of a medium level. Elegant. Long finish. Drink 2012 to 2018. ” 93 Points.Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW – The Wine Advocate # 188 – April 2010

 


2007 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz

“The 2007 Alexander Munro Shiraz is matured in French barriques rather than the larger formats. It has a very deep garnet black color and a beautifully fragrant nose of allspice, cassis, violets, dried plum, star anise, cassis, cardamom and some hung meat. Very concentrated with great structure, medium-high acid and medium-firm, very fine tannins. A nice touch of earthy truffles in the very long finish. 400 cases made. Drink 2012 to 2020. ” 94 Points.Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW – The Wine Advocate #188 – Apr 2010

 


1999 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz – Aged Release

“This “aged release” is a great Hunter red, loaded with personality and totally opposite to modern juicy-fruit reds. Very leathery, earthy aromas with crushed-seashell nuances. Just 13.5 per cent alcohol so it’s lighter and leaner in the mouth. Those who are scared of feral aromas best stay away. Drink now.” 95/100.Huon Hooke – SMH Good Living – 2nd February 2010

 


2009 ‘Hell Hole’ Semillon

“The Hell Hole name refers to the hot, dry country that is the Hunter Valley. Rhys Eather has packed a lot of fruit into this ’09: plenty of lime and lemon citrus, even grapefruit on the palate. Great texture and a sparkling crisp acid finish.” 93 points.Nick Stock – Wine 100 – February 2010

 


2006 ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz

“Deep, but bright colour; voluminous shiraz fruit aromas and flavours are supported by positive tannins; long range proposition and will reward.” Rating 93.James Halliday – 2010 Australian Wine Companion

 


2006 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz

“Good crimson hue; distinguished Hunter style, certain to age gracefully, the black fruits supported by perfect tannins.” Rating 95.James Halliday – 2010 Australian Wine Companion

 


2010 Australian Wine Companion

“Right in the mainstream of young Hunter Valley semillon, its future assured; grass, herb and lemon zest flavours are supported and balanced by crisp acidity.” Rating 94.James Halliday – 2010 Australian Wine Companion

 


2008 ‘Alexander Munro’ Chardonnay

“Pleasant wine, with ripe stone fruit and melon flavours, bolstered by enough acidity to provide balance and length.” Rating 90.James Halliday – 2010 Australian Wine Companion

 


2008 ‘XYZ’ Shiraz

“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

 


2009 ‘XYZ’ Chardonnay

Here we are in 2009 and here is an oaked chardonnay from the 2009 vintage ? the fresh new way of Australian chardonnay. It? a gorgeous wine too. It tastes of pears and melons, oak-spice and toast. Most particularly though it has both deliciousness and persistence all wrapped up. Searing acidity but a wealth of flavour to carry it. Beautifull. Rated : 94.Campbell Mattinson The Winefront 8/12/09

 


1999 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz – Aged Release

“A well-inserted, quality cork has done its job well, carrying the wine through to the start of its plateau of maturity, with earthy Hunter flavours running through the black fruits, the tannins present but fine; has a particularly long finish.” Cork.James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion – December 2009

 


2008 ‘Alexander Munro’ Chardonnay

“A super rich and fascinating chardonnay that manages to maintain balance and vibrancy. The palate has structure, finesse, creaminess and length, together with a little barrel ferment complexity. Oak shows on the finish, but the intensity of flavour carries it well.” Highly Recommended.Winewise Magazine – December 2009

 


2004 ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon

“Tight and fine, with some lees-type smells, mealy parmesan, gentle toast and lemon-peel fruit. Tight and lime; juicy in the mouth, pith and peel. Incredible drive across the palate, but also lightness. Will peak in three to four years. 95/100.Tim White – Australian Financial Review – 28th November 2009


2004 ‘Terracotta’ Semillon

“With rising characters of lanolin, lemon butter and roast nuts, this wine is beginning to edge into the mature phase of life. It maintains an impeccable balance of lemon and lime on its long, zesty finish, with great contrast of flesh and fine acid-the best of both worlds.” 94 Points.Tyson Stelzer – Wine 100 – November 2009

 


2007 ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz

“Blackberries and raspberries, spice and a little sappiness with latent liquorice richness and quality vanilla oak.It? rich and spicy but only just medium bodied, lithe rather than heavy with firm fine tannins and no shortage of length. Classic Hunter Shiraz from a top vintage.” 95 Points.Gary Walsh – The Wine Front – September 2009

 


2009 ‘Hell Hole’ Semillon

“The name derives from a verbal corruption of “hot as hell” by early settlers, a fair description of 45C days. For once vintage rain did not force early picking, and the ’09 semillons have an unusually intense citrus framework which offers great drinking now without threatening a sure-fire, 10 year future, thanks to the acidity and the screwcap.” Rating: 94.James Halliday – The Weekend Australian Magazine – 29th August 2009

 


Australian Financial Review

“Today, Meerea Park’s wines are some of the finest in the region, in fact the whites are some of the best of their type in the country”.Tim White – Australian Financial Review – 14th August 2009

 


2007 ‘XYZ’ Shiraz

“Cedary, spicy and fragrant. Has smoked oyster and coal dust, but also sweet -smelling forest berries. Almost pomegranate. Has a really easy and sparkly, forest berry mouth-feel – dust-storm tannins – and just a bit of meatiness. There’s a touch of salami and walnut toasty oak to close. 94/100.Tim White – Australian Financial Review – 14th August 2009

 


2004 ‘Terracotta’ Semillon

“This is super smart and already quite complex: chilli pod and flint, some cream too. There’s also a sea breeziness. Has a tightness on the tongue, along with juicy creaminess, with buttered rye toast and nuttiness. Excellent fruit depth here: this is fabulous. 96 (97)/100.Tim White – Australian Financial Review – 14th August 2009

 


2008 Shiraz

“A wine of power and finesse, reflecting cool-grown material. The palate is long and beautifully balanced, delivering rich dark fruits flavour. This is a bargain blend of Hunter and Hilltops material.” OUTSTANDING.Winewise – August 2009

 


2008 Shiraz

“For a cool, savoury Shiraz from the bargain basement, this is a very cleverly assembled wine with very few like-priced peers. It’s a spicy, peppery, gamey Shiraz with leathery complexity overlaying its berry/plum fruits. Oak is subtle, tannins are fine and balanced and it has impressive length and poise.” 91 Points.Tyson Stelzer – Wine 100 – August 2009

 


2009 ‘Hell Hole’ Semillon

“Hell Hole semillon has fast become an ?ver reliable?. It? grown on the Braemore vineyard. Love the low alcohol style of it – it adds to the enjoyment of what it has to offer.Fine and long but an enjoyable drink already. Citrussy and pure, acidic and pear-like. Lovely even flow to it – finishes a touch spicy too, in a good way. Can? go wrong here.” Rated : 92 Points.

Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front – 5th June 2009

 


2003 ‘Terracotta’ Shiraz

“Semi-mature reds of this quality are rare. Nicely developed with tertiary complexities, this is loaded with earthy, leathery, roast-meat, savoury Hunter character. There are a lot of tannins, balanced by a core of sweet, ripe fruit.” 95 Points.Wine Magazine – Top 100 New Releases – June / July 2009

 


2008 Shiraz

“Impressive purple red colour – looks really fresh with meaty complexity across violets and purple berry fruit. Elegant and bright palate with good acidity and more meaty nuances, supple, medium weight and balanced. A drink now style.” 91 Points.Nick Stock – Wine 100 – May 2009

 


2008 Shiraz

“Bright purple in the glass with mixed ripe berries, dark toasted spices and a gentle earthy side. The palate has a smart drive through the entry and fleshes out in the middle before gearing into some drying tannin through the back. Crisp, elegant and compact finish.” 93 Points.Nick Stock – Wine 100 – May 2009

 


2008 Shiraz

“Meerea Park is one of a lively group of family wineries in the Hunter Valley working hard to re-establish some of the great traditions of the region. Rhys and Garth Eather take fruit from a range of local growers and offers shiraz and semillon at different price points. Meerea Park ‘Alexander Munro’ and ‘Hell Hole’ are expensive, ageworthy and impressive single site wines. This is the Meerea Park entry level red: vibrant, juicy mulberry and raspberry flavours, smooth texture, medium-body and fine, gentle tannins. An attractive early-drinking style at a fair price.” Rating: Bloody Good.Peter Forrestal – www.quaff.com.au – 1st May 2009

 


2003 ‘Terracotta’ Semillon

“This deliciously mature Hunter semillon is named after the terracotta coloured clay soil of the region. It reinforces Meerea Park as one of the best modern producers of this classic wine type. Lime-lemon sherbert and honeyed aromas have an earthy component, and the sustained flavour has freshness and a lingering savoury finish. “Ralph Kyte-Powell – The Age Epicure – 28th April 2009

 


2008 Shiraz

Bargain of the week. “A terrific value red from the Eather brothers, made from Hilltops and Hunter grapes. It’s a lovely, fresh, bright, fruit-forward red with nicely ripened dark berries and spices to sniff. A lighter, soft, early-drinking style and very enjoyable. Now to five years.” 88 / 100.Huon Hooke – SMH Good Living – 21st April 2009

 


2006 ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz

“A beautifully made shiraz which is fragrant and spicy, yet has just enough of the classic regional tilled earth character to beguile the taster. The flavours are rich and long on a firm but balanced palate thats begs for time.”Winewise – Australia’s Great Shiraz Wines – April 2009

 


2003 ‘Terracotta’ Shiraz

“A classic old-fashioned Hunter Valley “burgundy”. The colour has a distinct tawny rim; the bouquet has earth, tar and roast-meat complexities. The palate is rich and savoury with fully ripe, fruit flavours backed by drying tannins. Stylish stuff. Now to 12-plus years.” 95/100.Huon Hooke – SMH Good Living – 10th February 2009

 


2007 ‘XYZ’ Shiraz

“Unusually (for a Hunter shiraz), grape stalks were added to the fermenter, resulting in a delicious, vibrant, sappy red, all sweet, glossy black berries at first, then revealing classic, regional Hunter soily notes later.”Max Allen – Weekend Australian Magazine – 7-8th February 2009

 


2002 ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon

“A lovely, pure semillon, with just the right amount of development; long and seamless, with an array of flavours that really persist. To 2018.” Rating 95.James Halliday – 2009 Wine Companion

 


2007 ‘Alexander Munro’ Chardonnay

“Impressive Hunter chardonnay; melon and white peach fruit; good line and length, the oak well-balanced and integrated. To 2013.” Rating 92.James Halliday – 2009 Wine Companion

 


1998 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz – Aged Release

“Now shows all the classic Hunter aromas and flavours of mature shiraz, with leather and warm earth along with black fruits; the tannins are fine, but sufficient to sustain it for another decade or two, and underpin its great length. To 2018.” Rating 94.James Halliday – 2009 Wine Companion

 


2005 ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz

“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. To 2020.” Rating 94.James Halliday – 2009 Wine Companion

 


2003 ‘Terracotta’ Semillon

“Has less depth than Alexander Munro, but more drive and intensity to the more focused lemon and mineral flavours, and pronounced citrussy acidity. To 2013.” Rating 94.James Halliday – 2009 Wine Companion

 


2008 ‘Hell Hole’ Semillon

“A pristine lemon and grass expression here, relly bright and effusive savoury citrus notes. The palate brings some crisp green lemon and faint tropical fruits in the background, fine acidity, super fresh and tidy through the finish. Score 91.Nick Stock – 2009 Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide

 


2006 ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz

“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”. Score 94.Nick Stock – 2009 Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide

 


2007 Shiraz

“This regional pairing works well, Hilltops fruit adds bright fragrance and lift to the ripe berries, with plenty of earthy Hunter notes below. The palate’s forthright, delivering great density and supple savoury tannins, still in the medium-bodied league, finishing with elegant plum fruits”. Score 91.Nick Stock – 2009 Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide

 


2006 ‘The Aunts’ Shiraz

“Named after two spinsters from way back, there’s punchy overt oak sitting out from the fruit here, dark spiced fruit aroma and concentrated earthy presence. Dressed to impress, in the regional style, tannins are fine and savoury; finishes with dried berry and chocolate flavours”. Score 91.Nick Stock – 2009 Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide

 


1999 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz – Aged Release

“Still pretty fresh and lively with raspberries, blackberries and liquorice, pepper, cedar oak, the sweet old leathery scent of bottle age and an intriguing sort of smell which could be a) malt b) miso c) iodine or d) all of the above – well it? quite complex anyway is all I? trying to say. Then medium to full bodied, suitably mellowed by bottle age – the tannins smooth and fine but still lightly drying and grippy. It? sweetly fruited but finishes dry with good length. Lovely wine just entering its plateau of charming maturity. Classic.” Rated : 94 Points.Gary Walshhe Wine Frontarch 2009.

 


2007 ‘Terracotta’ Shiraz

“It takes savoury character and piles it on. It’s full of spicy, earthy flavour with toasty, oak-derived edges, its inky, plummy heart playing second fiddle to its distinct regional style. The tannins are firm but have folded well into the wine, and if you search hard you find a licoricey, beefy, gamey character floating through the aftertaste. Keep this in a cool, dark place for five or six years and it should drink beautifully.” Rated 93 points.Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh – The Big red Wine Book 2009/2010

 


2007 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz

“Explosive red. Crushed berries and cherries, pepper, sap, dusty vanilla oak and a touch of licorice. Medium-bodied but tannic, dry and punchy – and balanced. Big finish. Long-term. A big-hitter in grand style. Excellent.” Score 96.Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh – The Big Red Wine Book – 2009/2010

 


2007 ‘XYZ’ Shiraz

“This is an experimental wine from Meerea Park. Basically (and I hate it when people start a sentence with that word) it? about four hogsheads of old vine Shiraz (off the Howard Vineyard) with 50% whole bunch and 100% new oak.There? a 110 dozen made and a fair whack of those are magnums..of which I will grab a couple.There? a caveat here that if you don? like a bit of stalk action in your wine then this is probably not for you. It? fresh and lively with cherry and berries and the lift of menthol and stalk. Throw in some liquorice, spice and plenty of cedar oak and you get the complete picture. I should add that all that new oak is already being mopped up by the fruit most admirably. It? firm and distinctly fresh in the mouth, and even though only just above medium bodied, has excellent drive and power. Sappy, spicy and fresh berried closing with a good length and dryness. This is a wine for the connoisseur, the enthusiast or the adventurous. I? say it will live a long time and may even have a few tricks up its sleeve yet to play”. Rated : 94 Points

Gary Walsh – The Wine Front – September 2008

 


2008 ‘Alexander Munro’ Chardonnay

I’ve had this open for three days now and it keeps improving. The fruit comes off the Casuarina vineyard in Pokolbin, the vine age being about 40 years. It’s still young and fruity with a mix of white peach, preserved lemon and spice. Only medium bodied and sporting an excellent flavour to weight ratio, sensible spicy oak and a clean fresh mouthfeel. There’s no malolactic, so no creaminess and only moderate lees influence which provides a bit of savoury stuffing (blessed are the makers who don’t turn their Chardonnay into cheese). Clean long finish too. It’s fine and balanced – a wine of admirable restraint and complexity even at such an early age. Give it another 6 months to settle though. ABV: 13% Drink: 2009-2013. 92-93 points.Gary Walsh – The Wine Front – 20th August 2008

 


2006 ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz

“This is a poised, taut Hunter shiraz, which is ready to pounce, but demands a long time in the cellar to really come out of itself. When it does, its elegant black fruits, spice and fine , minerally tannins will confirm it as one of the greats in the Meerea Park cellar”. 93 Points.Tyson Stelzer – Wine Business Monthly 100 – August 2008

 


2006 ‘Terracotta’ Shiraz

“Bright colour; the inclusion of 5% co-fermented viognier works well, taking the wine outside the usual context of Hunter shiraz into lifted red fruit territory; finishes with fine tannins”. Screwcap. 14? alc. Rating 94.James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion – August 2008

 


2006 ‘Terracotta’ Shiraz

Mixed berries, clean earth, dark chocolate and licorice, spice and vanilla oak – lightly perfumed and beautifully presented. I thought there might have been a slight attractive grassiness about it at times that I just might mention. It? medium bodied and feels fluid, clean and fresh – a wine with energy and life. All red and blue fruits with a little pepper, fine oak and supple smooth fine grained dry tannins that glide through the mouth and off into the distance with a minimum of effort. Lovely wine and a particularly charming one too?. 94 Points.Gary Walsh – Winorama – 28th July 2008

 


2006 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz

“Here, another one I’ve been meaning to write up, having tasted it once in February and again in July with consistent points, but slightly different notes. This year sees a bit of experimentation going on with the inclusion of 20% whole bunch and 50% indigenous yeast. I’ve included both notes – just because.Creamy vanilla oak, blackberry, bacon, fragrant whole bunch, peppermint/pine needles. Medium to full bodied with meaty bacon, blackberry/boysenberry, earth and French vanilla. Quite rich with some stalky influence. It has dry tannins and plenty of length. Needed a couple of days to come up. Should be very good. aniseed/liquorice, light earth – fragrant – some smoke and stalk. Medium full with superb fine tannins and a bit of sappy grip. Predominantly red fruit flavours. Balanced and long. Really good. Much less of the stalk/pine/mint of the previous bottle. Big finish – closing dry with some stalk. Third day looking very fresh and firm with more raspberry and fresh berry flavour”. Rated : 94+ Points

Gary Walsh – The Winefront – July 2008

 


2008 ‘Hell Hole’ Semillon

“Typical young semillon, the bouquet locked up, but the wine springs to life on the palate, with grainy, zesty lemon-accented fruit. The future is assured”. Screwcap. 10.5? alc. Rating 93.James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion July 2008

 


2008 ‘Hell Hole’ Semillon

Here we are in May 2008 and the odd 2008 wine is already rolling in for review – and when they are as good as this, there are no complaints from me. The 2008 Hunter season was shockingly cold and wet, and for some perverse reason that often means that the semillon turns out excellent. I believe this has. This is very acidic and lemony but it is long and pristine too, with the odd flash of white flowers floating through the wine’s aromatics. It’s is very young, but very good?. Drink: 2010-2018. 94 points.Campbell Mattinson – The Wine front – 28th May 2008

 


2006 ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz

“Two tastings of this now, one in February and one a couple of days ago, and both times I?e scribbled in a 94-95 point range. The first tasting was amongst its siblings (Alexander Munro and Aunts) and the second amongst its peers (Graveyard and KISS).It’s aromatic and fresh with berries, plum, spice, a bit of earthiness and some liquorice richness coming through with a bit of airing – quite Rh?ey even. Again the theme is replayed on the palate – medium bodied, bright and very lively with refreshing acidity, fine lightly grippy tannins and a real sense of vigour throughout. It has flavours of plum, spice and earth with a deft application of tasteful malty oak and a very long dry finish. Serious and stylish but really needing a bit of cellar time to show its best.” 94+ Points.

Gary Walsh – Winorama – 26th May 2008

 


1998 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz – Aged Release

“A lovely mature style, this has weight, elegance and length. Rating: 93.Ken Gargett – Courier Mail – QWeekend – 3rd May 2008

 


2006 ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz

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. 96 Points.Campbell Mattinson The Big Red Wine Book May 2008

 


2007 Shiraz

Son of a gun. This is good or maybe even better than the outstanding 2006. The tannin structure of it, the easy-going complexity, the blush of ripe, bright, vibrant fruit, its all going on. A mouthful of plummy, spicy flavour at ridiculously low price. Drink: 2008-2017. 93 Points.Campbell Mattinson Yhe Big Red Wine Book May 2008

 


1998 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz – Aged Release

“A multi-layered, fathomlessly complex aged Hunter shiraz with aromas of leather, crushed seashells and all manner of weird things. Loaded with character, it makes other wines seem simplistic. Tannins are very evident and it’s best with protein-rich food. Now to 10 years. 93/100.Huon Hooke – SMH Good Living – 15th April 2008

 


2005 ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz

“The Eather brothers, Rhys and Garth, have a family tradition in Hunter winemaking stretching back to the mid-19th century but their wines are very much at the forefront of modern Hunter style. This 100 per cent shiraz is based on specific vineyards, and is a bright, ripe-fruit style with a lick of nicely handled oak. All Meerea park shirazes are at the more powerful end of Hunter style”.Huon Hooke – SMH Good Living – 4th March 2008

 


1998 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz – Aged Release

“Brash and obvious with juicy stonefruit, tropical fruits, quince, vanilla and roasted nuts. On the palate medium to full bodied with good rich flavours of slightly candied stone and tropical fruit, spice and supporting vanilla oak. It has a lightly slippery glycerol mouthfeel with balanced acidity and a dry spicy finish of good length. Good wine. Smart price”. Rated : 91 Points.Gary Walsh – Winorama – March 2008.

 


1998 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz – Aged Release

“A museum release from Meerea Park of one of the best reds they’ve made to date. It tastes mighty good as a ten year old too. It’s all leather, earth and fresh blackberry, a slight mentholly character adding lift and life. For my tastes it’s just entering its peak drinking window – though it will age nicely, and well, for another five or even ten years. It’s one of those aged reds that smells beautiful – time has been kind to it”. Drink: 2009-2020. 93 points.Campbell Mattinson – The Wine front – 20th February 2008

 


1998 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz – Aged Release

“I’ve tasted this wine on numerous occasions over the years and my sampling last week shows it’s better than ever and still has lots of cellar life in it. It is deep garnet in the glass and has plum pudding and leather aromas. Beautiful, intense, mellow plum flavour glides onto the front of the palate and cassis, dark chocolate and molasses fruit characters integrate with subtle nutty oak on the middle palate. Persistent plum flavour and smooth earthy tannins combine at the finish. It would be perfect with char-grilled kangaroo fillet, duck a l’orange, or roast fillet of beef with mushrooms. Ageing 10 years.John Lewis – Newcastle Herald – 12th February 2008

 


2007 ‘Alexander Munro’ Chardonnay

“This is a prime example of the new style of Hunter chardonnay – fresh, crisp, smoky and boosted with a quick injection of quality oak (it must have only been in oak for a few months). In my books it tastes great. Crisp, lemony, peachy and clean, the finish tangy and refreshing. Excellent. Drink: 2008-2013. 92 points”.

Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front – 4th February 2008

 


2007 ‘XYZ’ Shiraz

There is a bit of free sulphur at the moment and then citrus and stonefruit – almost a tropical richness and pleasant grass and lettuce overtones. Its bright, juicy and balanced in the mouth – not austere with just a dab of sweetness to help it along. Its excellent now and fairly bursts with flavour, the length and overall package just bang on. Is not cellar it – its a perfect low alcohol white for drinking over the next few summers. Rated : 92 Points.Gary Walshhe Wine Front January 2008

 


2004 ‘The Aunts’ Shiraz

“A nicely constructed medium-bodied wine, with neat red fruits and fine tannins”. Rating 90.

James Halliday – 2008 Wine Companion

 


2006 ‘Hell Hole’ Semillon

“A spotless bouquet, then a super-precise and focused palate offering intense mineral, herb and lemon flavours; very long finish; 150 dozen made”. Rating 95.

James Halliday – 2008 Wine Companion

 


2004 ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz

“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”. Rating 94.

James Halliday – 2008 Wine Companion

 


2004 ‘Terracotta’ Shiraz

“The aroma and flavour complexity is enhanced by the 6% viognier; blackberry, dark chocolate and that touch of apricot; soft and satisfying finish. Controlled use of french oak”. Rating 94.

James Halliday – 2008 Wine Companion

 


2006 Shiraz

Aromas of blackberry, plenty of spice, dark chocolate, smoky bacon and some earthiness. All very nice. It has a medium to full bodied palate with blackberry and dark cherry fruit, spice, dark chocolate and earthy flavours. Firm dry lightly grippy tannins and good weight (not too heavy, not too light) so that you can drink heartily and well (but no more than your allotted two standard drinks per day mind you..) at a very keen price. Outstanding value?. Rated: 91 Pointsa

Gary Walsh – Winorama – November 2007

 


2006 Shiraz

Awesome value. A lovely medium-weight, savoury wine that will probably go well in the cellar over ten years but, of course, drinks deliciously now. It’s savoury but fruity, its cherry-plummed heart flecked with spice, earth and cedar. Its tannin are firm and grapey – this is a case buy. Really. Drink: 2007-2017. 92 points.

Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front October 2007

 


2007 ‘Hell Hole’ Semillon

Fantastic aromas, classically varietal in nature. Fresh and invigorating, limes, limes and limes abound. Ripe resplendently lively and fresh. Lemon citrus follows. A gloriously composed wine with a clean crisp finish. Beautifully balanced and superbly drinkable. Really spot on stuff. Try with stuffed squid. Drink to 2020. About $25. 95/100 – Superb.Paul Ippolito – www.paulippolito.com.au – October 2007

 


2002 ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon

The 2004 version of this wine, made from Ken Braye’s Braemore vineyard grapes, won a gold medal in the 100 per cent Hunter Valley any vintage semillon dry white class at the recent Hunter Valley Wine Show. The 2002 is pale straw in the glass and has green apple and lanolin scents. Crisp lemon flavour shows on the front of the palate and sherbert and lime zest characters chime in on the middle palate. Fresh steely acid refreshes at the finish. It’s a lighter, delicate style of white that would be best with potato and leek soup, chicken and mushroom vol-ua-vent or warm broccoli and tuna salad. Aging: 5 years. 4 glass rating.

John Lewis – Newcastle Herald – Uncorked – 5th September 2007

 


2007 ‘Hell Hole’ Semillon

This wine was straight out of the fridge on the second day and the aromatics were already pumping, again. You just cannot hold a great wine down – amazing stuff indeed. Gary has recently said that he judges young Semillons by balance and length of flavour, and I think that is sound logic. And it must be said that this wine has both of those characteristics in spades. An awesome nose, lemon and lime, slate and just a shaving of citrus peel. The palate showed lemony acid, tight and refreshing, dry with some slightly grassy characters, soft acid and a long long finish. It is not simple; it is pure. Pure pleasure. Beautiful balance and length. Top notch stuff?. Rated : 95 Points.

Lincoln Scott – Winorama – July 2007.

 


2005 ‘The Aunts’ Shiraz

Top 101 Red Wines

The ‘Red Album’- The Wine Front – July 2007

 


2007 ‘Hell Hole’ Semillon

Immaculate expression of variety and region. Typicity up to its gills – and a single vineyard wine to boot. I’m in the midst of writing a book called (provocatively?) Why The French Hate Us: The Real Story of Australian Wine – and it’s wines like this that I’m going to ram forward. This is pure, piercing, lingering and lovely. It’s cutely zesty and acidic, as a wine of this quality should be. It will be gorgeous in ten years – as, with oysters, it is gorgeous right now. Drink: 2008-2019. 95 points.

Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front – July 2007.

 


2005 ‘The Aunts’ Shiraz

Aromas of rich blackberry, raspberry, pepper and licorice with smoky bacon and vanilla oak. On the palate medium bodied with blackberry, raspberry and blackcurrant, spice, vanilla and some smoky earthy flavours. Beautifully ripe expressive fruit without any heaviness. Smooth and supple with fine ripe tannins and balanced acidity. Long dry spicy finish with a blackcurranty aftertaste. Lipsmackingly good wine. Rated : 94 Points.

Gary Walsh – Winorama – June 2007.

 


2005 ‘Terracotta’ Shiraz

The third wine is a very interesting beast. It’s very perfumed, quite licoricey, fruity and attractive, and yet it’s still a savoury wine. It’s the kind of wine you can sit and smell all day. As it turns out, it has five percent viognier in it, which is why it has such a sweetly exotic nose, but in the mouth it’s not apparent at all, offering a delightful serve of medium-bodied, savoury, spicy Hunter Valley shiraz goodness. The tannins here, again, are ripe and fine, and for a moment I thought that this was the Hell Hole – a hefty compliment. 92 points.

Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front – May 2007.

 


Courier Mail

“In years to come these guys will challenge the best”.

Ken Gargett – Qweekend – Courier Mail – 7th October 2006

 


Paul Ippolito

“Every time someone asks me for the “next big wine thing” tip I point them to Meerea Park wines in the Hunter Valley”.

Paul Ippolito – Paul Ippolito Talks Wine – July 2006

 


Huon Hooke – Good Living

“Over the past decade, Meerea Park has established itself as one of the Hunter’s best producers.” “Meerea Parks’ four shirazes constitute one of the strongest ranges of Hunter red.”

Huon Hooke – Good Living – 12th July 2005

 


2002 ‘Terracotta’ Shiraz

“Yes I know this is expensive but I think it’s simply the best Hunter red I’ve had in years – maybe ever. This is not one of your tough old leathery Hunter Shirazes, as mighty as some of those have been. This has lovelyrich fruit, beautiful balance and structure and a little splash of Viognier, which makes it not only trendy but also just a tiny bit more delicious. If this is the future of Hunter Shiraz then I want a part of it.”

Stuart Gregor – Don’t Buy Wine Without Me 2005

 


Winefront Monthly

“The next morning I visited the boys at Meerea Park, who all of a sudden are putting together some of the Hunter’s best wines, at all prices. It’s a tiny operation with barrels in every spare inch and the heart of passionate, small-scale winemaking on everyone’s sleeve.”

Winefront Monthly – Campbell Mattinson – Sept-Oct 2004

 


Daily Telegraph

“Meerea Park is among the Hunter Valley’s foremost boutique winemakers..”

Jeff Collerson – Daily Telegraph – 30th April 2003

 


The Wine Advocate

“Meerea Park? offerings are generally not complex, but they are hedonistic, delicious reds possessing abundant fruit . . . everything a beverage of pleasure should be”.

Robert Parker Jnr. – The Wine Advocate – October 2002

 


Australian Financial Review

Rhys Eather….”He’s become something of a star winemaker, but he’s picky.”

Tim White – Australian Financial Review – February 2002

 


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