While Meerea Park has the ‘Black’ ultra-premium $500 Shiraz in the range now, Alexander Munro is still the flagship red from the Eather boys in my books.
This is very much the big end of Hunter Valley Shiraz and for drinking later. Sourced from the Roche Estate Vineyard, which is now in spitting distance of the Meerea Park cellar door, this Meerea Park Alexander Munro Shiraz 2019 includes 20% whole bunches (which is very much a new thing for the Hunter) and matured in 50% new oak. It looks oakier and warmer than the numbers suggest, very much an early noughties Hunter style with toasted oak, tart acidity, rich fruit and a slightly muddled profile. A bit all over the place. The core of fruit intensity is there, but it feels like a bunch of ingredients waiting to be stirred. They’re good ingredients, so probably just come back in 3-5 years.
Best drinking: as above. but it’s more a future wine. 17.5/20, 91/100+. 14% $115. Meerea Park website. Would I buy it? Not yet.
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