Meerea Park Alexander Munro Shiraz 2003 (Hunter Valley, NSW)
14.5%, Cork, $70
This was opened up alongside the 05, 07 and 09 vintages, and for drinking right now it was difficult to put this down. Garth Eather (who runs Meerea Park alongside his brother winemaker Rhys) believes this to be the best vintage they’ve ever made. It certainly looked the goods in this capacity.
It’s something of a polarising wine on the nose though, with roasted meat, mushrooms, bonox and truffles. It’s a fully evolved, earthen, classically Hunter nose, in a very ‘winey’ form, but I can see how it could be a little too meaty for some.
The palate is surprisingly clean and juicy after that nose, looking quite youthful even, with rich, bitter chocolate meets beefy savoury flavours, with a silken texture and firm grained tannins. There is still some truffled wildness on that palate, but in a lovely meaty form. It’s a big ball of earthen goodness, topped off with still grippy tannins. Lovely evolved red with years to go still. Win. 18.7/95