Hunter Valley, NSW
The first vintage released of 'Alexander Munro' Shiraz.
GOLD Medal 1998 Sydney Wine Show BRONZE Medal 1999 Hong Kong International Wine Challenge BRONZE Medal 1999 London International Wine Challenge 4 STAR Winestate magazine
What the experts have said about the 1997 Alexander Munro Shiraz
1997 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz “Eather, who is off to France’s Rhone Valley in September to work with the renowned Chapoutier family, has done a masterly job with his Shiraz”. Jeff Collerson, Daily Telegraph 27/6/98
1997 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz “It is a fine Hunter Shiraz, dense purple in colour with a nose that tells of mocca coffee beans and peppermint”. 5 STARS. John Lewis, Newcastle Herald 21/10/98
1997 ‘Alexander Munro’ Shiraz “an excellent palate……Would appear to have outstanding potential”. 90/100 James Halliday, 2000 Wine Companion.
Pick of the New-Age Wines…....Meerea Park Alexander Munro Chardonnay 1997, Semillon 1998 and Shiraz 1997. Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, Good Living 19/1/99.
Situated in the heart of Pokolbin, the “Tallawanta” vineyard is the Shiraz source for the wine. The vines have an average age of over 40 years and dry land grown, thus ensuring low yields and high quality.
Hand picked fruit was crushed into potter style fermenters with no heading down board. Selected yeast at low inoculation rates was used to allow a longer fermentation, at higher temperatures.
The wine was racked and returned 3 times daily via a splash tray to increase oxygen pick up. Fermentation temperatures were allowed to peak at 28 degrees Celsius. After 7 days 40% of the wine was transferred to new French Nevers and American oak to complete fermentation. The balance of the wine was then pressed out when fermentation completed. This parcel was then racked into old French oak. The wine was racked and returned to the oak every 3 months for the duration of the fermentation. The wine was lightly egg fined prior to bottling.
This medium bodied Shiraz exhibits spicy, pepper and berry fruit aromas with well-integrated oak. The palate is a wonderful combination of concentrated fruit and subtle oak leading to a very long finish. The wine has fine grain tannins, which provides it with great structure. This wine has all the hallmarks that are required for long term cellaring.