Monday, 1 July 2013
Meerea Park Alexander Munro Shiraz 2003
An aged release coming from 50+ year old vines, all the cellar work has been done for you. Though this is ready to drink now, and drinking very well I may add. It still has enough in it to hang around for another ten years but I can't see it getting too much better.
A distinct cured meat aroma, bacon bits, mushroom gravy, plums and dark fruit spring to life in the glass. Meaty stuff and I like it. The bottle suggests to decant, and that you must do as there is plenty of sediment lurking in the deep.
Superbly balanced with excellent length, the characters above flow through the wine beautifully. The texture is soft and supple. Moreish.
One to savour and certainly a sip all night type of wine.
Whilst the price stated may be well out of reach for many, a quick Google search will find you a bargain.
Coming from the best vintage made at Meerea Park, get hold of it if you can.
Who: Meerea Park
What: Shiraz (14.5% alc)
Where: Hunter Valley
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Arras Grand Vintage 2003
This is a smashing bottle and excellent example of Australian Pinot Chard, coming from Tasmania who produce many stellar examples.
Medium straw appearance and a wonderfully fine bead. The palate is a delicate mix of creamy, biscuity goodness. Almonds are prominant too.It sits in the palate beautifully and is seamless from start to finish due to its great acid structure.
The finish is super long lasting and urges another sip.
I have read much about winemaker Ed Carr and his ability to produce cracking sparkling wines. The proof is here. This is clearly the best Australian Sparkling I have had the pleasure of sharing. Nectar!
On the shelf it sells for $55-$65, which in my opinion, is an excellent option compared to some of the French Champagnes offered at that mark.
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