Category Archives: Hunter Valley

2007 Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Cellar Aged Semillon

While you wait for your other Hunter Semillons to hit maturity it’s always good to be able to grab a Lizzy. I like this more than the 2006 release. It’s slightly less developed and has more focus and reach. Lanolin, … Continue reading

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2009 Meerea Park Alexander Munro Shiraz

The Alexander Munro is now released as a five year-old and a ten year-old wine. A pretty smart idea for those who don’t have a cellar or wine fridge…or for those who just want to tuck in straight away. Blackberry over … Continue reading

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2006 De Iuliis Aged Release Semillon

Why I don’t have more Hunter Semillon stashed in my cellar is beyond me. I love the better examples with age and the lower alcohol is a much-needed tonic for my health. Lanolin and buttered toast have entered the fray but … Continue reading

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2011 Meerea Park XYZ Shiraz

Fruit was sourced from a couple of “mature” vineyards in the Hunter Valley’s Pokolbin area. Some inclusion of whole bunches which work in the wine’s favour. Slightly confected red and black berries mingle with streaky bacon, pepper and regional earthiness. Some vanilla from … Continue reading

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2011 Mount Pleasant Phillip Hunter Valley Shiraz

More approachable than the OP&OH and Rosehill in its youth although best to thoroughly decant it right now. That’ll take the edginess away from the acidity. There’s less oak apparent but it still benefits from time to relax and feel at home … Continue reading

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2011 Mount Pleasant Old Paddock and Old Hill Shiraz

I’m not sold on this release of the OP&OH although it may just be a sleeper. It feels uneven and lacks flow. There’s a heck of a lot of oak in the mix and it is clearly built for the … Continue reading

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2011 Mount Pleasant Rosehill Vineyard Shiraz

A very good vintage of the Mount Pleasant Rosehill. Good to see the alcohol back under control in these 2011 releases although there is still a fair clip of cedary oak. Primarily red fruited and lighter on its feet than … Continue reading

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2011 Meerea Park Terracotta Syrah

The most immediately appealing and approachable of the current Meerea Park reds that I tasted – I’m yet to tackle the 2011 XYZ. There is a touch of Viognier in here but it’s less prominent than I recall in previous … Continue reading

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2011 Meerea Park The Aunts Shiraz

I had an interesting chat with Meerea Park winemaker Rhys Eather last year on the matter of brettanomyces. Rhys is of the opinion that all red wines have brett and that it’s just a matter of whether that aspect is … Continue reading

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2011 Meerea Park indie Shiraz Pinot

 A blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Pinot Noir, all from the Hunter Valley, co-fermented with stalks. A 10% increase in the Pinot element from the 2010. It’s (fittingly) in a Burgundy bottle this year but we’ll make do with … Continue reading

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