‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz is our flagship wine and made from the best parcel of shiraz fruit we receive each year. Alexander Munro was winemaker Rhys Eather’s great-great-grandfather and these true reserve wines are released only in years that reflect the status of the label.
Situated in Pokolbin, the ‘Ivanhoe’ vineyard is the Shiraz source for this wine and has been consistently the best Shiraz fruit source since 2001. The vines have an average age of 40 years, with some much older and are dry-land grown, ensuring low yields and high quality.
Hand picked fruit was crushed into open vats and plunged twice daily to optimize flavour and tannin extraction. The wine was then lightly airbag pressed and transferred into French oak barriques of which 40% were new. After 20 months of maturation the wine was lightly egg white fined and then bottled with minimal filtration.
Deep crimson colour in the glass, plenty of ripe dark fruits and hints of earth, spice and licorice on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied; lush and rich with blackberry and creamy oak. This wine has an elegant long finish and is already showing great balance.
Peak Drinking / Cellaring Potential
This wine has all the characteristics that are required for further long term cellaring.