2011 Meerea Park Alexander Munro Chardonnay
Color, nose and palate
The nose has powerful stone-fruit and citrus aromas along with subtle spicy oak characters. The palate is full-bodied, with the stone-fruit and citrus carrying through from the nose. There is a lovely line of acidity through the wine and an extremely long finish.
Cellaring potential:Medium term. 5
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Meerea Park first released a Chardonnay from the 1991 vintage and the ‘Alexander Munro’ Chardonnay was introduced as a reserve Chardonnay in 1997. Whole bunch pressing and fermentation in French oak all combine to make a rich, complex style.
Alexander Munro was winemaker, Rhys Eather’s great-great-grandfather and these true reserve wines are released only in years that reflect the status of the label. The 2000 vintage was the Trophy winner at the 2000 Hunter Valley Wine Show for current vintage Chardonnay.
2011 panned out to be a great Hunter Valley vintage with Chardonnay stronger than Semillon for a change. Although there were disease pressures early on, January and February were particularly dry which allowed easy ripening in unaffected vineyards.
After 8 months maturation and no malolactic fermentation allowed, we bottled in October 2011 under screwcap.
Awards: 90 Points – Lisa Perotti – Brown – The Wine Advocate