Verdelho

A Verdelho from Hunter Valley vineyards made in a fruit driven, easy drinking but refreshing style. A great accompaniment to Asian and spicy cuisine.

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2011

2011-Verdelho-(New)-FS[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley (100%)

Alcohol: 12.5%

Background: Meerea Park’s first Verdelho release, a single vineyard wine, was in 1997 from the ‘Lindsay Hill’ vineyard located at Denman. This entry level Verdelho was added to the range in 2006, the same year the ‘Lindsay Hill’ label was discontinued.

Fruit source: Vineyards in Pokolbin.

Fermentation: Fruit was crushed as soon as possible after harvest and cold settled before fermenting in stainless steel tanks.

Maturation: No maturation or oak treatment was undertaken before bottling in February 2012.

Winemaker’s comments: 2011 turned out to be a great vintage for both white and red wines in the Hunter. Excessive rain in November and December 2010 caused widespread disease in poorly managed vineyards. January and February turned out to be hot and dry with unaffected vineyards producing exceptional fruit.

Tasting note: The nose is highly aromatic and features tropical fruit salad and pineapple characters. The palate replicates the nose and has a nice line of acidity keeping the wine fresh and lively. A hint of residual sweetness balances the acidity perfectly for a refreshing drink now wine.

Cellaring estimate: Drink now.

2010

VERD-2010[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley (100%)

Alcohol: 12.5%

Background: Meerea Park’s first Verdelho release, a single vineyard wine, was in 1997 from the ‘Lindsay Hill’ vineyard located at Denman. This entry level Verdelho was added to the range in 2006, the same year the ‘Lindsay Hill’ label was discontinued.

Fruit source: Vineyards in Pokolbin.

Fermentation: Fruit is crushed as soon as possible after harvest and cold settled before fermenting in stainless steel tanks.

Maturation: No maturation or oak treatment was undertaken before bottling in May 2010.

Winemaker’s comments: Muchlike 2009, the 2010 vintage started out very warm which ripened the white varieties quite early and generally allowed their harvest before any significant rain events. Rain in mid February caused some concerns with the Shiraz harvest for later ripening vineyards but the quality of the 2010 vintage overall is very good.

Tasting note: The nose is highly aromatic and features fruit salad and pineapple characters. The palate replicates the nose and has a nice line of acidity keeping the wine fresh and lively. A hint of residual sweetness balances the acidity perfectly for a refreshing drink now wine.

Cellaring estimate: Drink now.

Suggested food match: Asian cuisine, will handle spicy foods well.

2009

VERD-2009[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 12.5%

Background:
Meerea Park’s first Verdelho release, a single vineyard wine, was in 1997 from the ‘Lindsay Hill’ vineyard. This entry level Verdelho was added to the range in 2006, the same year the ‘Lindsay Hill’ was discontinued.

Fruit Source:
Vineyards in Pokolbin.

Fermentation & Maturation:
Fruit is crushed as soon as possible and cold settled before fermenting in stainless steel tanks. No maturation or oak treatment is undertaken before bottling.

Winemakers Comments:
The 2009 vintage started out very warm which ripened the white varieties and allowed their event free harvest. Rain in mid February caused some concerns with the Shiraz harvest but the quality of the 2009 vintage overall is very good. The 2009 white varieties look similar to the great 2005 vintage which drank very well from release.

Tasting Note:
The nose is reminiscent of fruit punch and pineapple juice. The palate is much of the same with a nice line of acidity keeping the wine fresh and lively. A hint of residual sweetness balances the acidity perfectly for a wonderful refreshing drink.

Cellaring: Short term.

 

2008

VERD-2008[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley

Background:
Meerea Park’s first Verdelho release, a single vineyard wine, was in 1997 from the ‘Lindsay Hill’ vineyard. This entry level Verdelho was added to the range in 2006, the same year the ‘Lindsay Hill’ was discontinued.

Fruit Source:
Vineyards in the Upper Hunter and Pokolbin.

Fermentation & Maturation:
Fruit is crushed as soon as possible and cold settled before fermenting in stainless steel tanks. No maturation or oak treatment is undertaken before bottling.

Winemakers Comments:
2008 was a disaster for Hunter Valley red wines but has produced fantastic whites, including this Verdelho. Verdelho was ripe quite early and missed the majority of the vintage rain providing good clean fruit with flavour aplenty.

The nose is a combination of ripe tropical fruits which are also prominent on the palate. An acid backbone keeps the wine fresh and lively. A hint of sweetness balances the acidity perfectly for a wonderful refreshing drink.

2007

VERD-2007[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley

Background: Meerea Park’s first Verdelho release, a single vineyard wine, was in 1997 from the ‘Lindsay Hill’ vineyard and this entry level Verdelho has been added to the range since.

Fruit Source: Vineyards in the Upper Hunter and Pokolbin.

Fermentation & Maturation: Fruit is crushed as soon as possible and cold settled before fermenting in stainless steel tanks. No maturation is undertaken before bottling.

Winemakers Comments: Many wine regions throughout Australia experienced problems in the 2007 vintage. The Hunter Valley on the other hand had excellent growing and harvest conditions free from rain and other problems producing both red and white wines of great quality.

Verdelho thrives in warm dry conditions and hence has produced a fruit dominant wine with lovely tropical aromas and generous flavour. The trick was to not let the fruit become over-ripe which spoils many Verdelhos.

An acid backbone keeps the wine fresh and lively and a hint of sweetness balances the acidity perfectly for a wonderful refreshing drink.

Cellaring: Short term.

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