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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Meerea Park The Indie Shiraz Pinot 2011

The second release of the Indie for Meerea Park, the first opportunity I've had to try it. A Shiraz/ Pinot blend (70/30 respectively), a blend with a fair degree of history in the Hunter.

I think it fair to say that it's a work in progress for the team before they settle on a style and approach, for example the shift in bottle type - from an old Bordeaux high-shouldered number, to perhaps a more stylistically appropriate Burgundy style (see link below). The percentage of whole bunch has also changed, fifty percent here - although that could also be a vintage 'thing' given that 2011 is very highly regarded in the Hunter. Fruit source for the Shiraz has differed in this 201 release from that of 2010.

To the wine in question: shows a fair degree of fruit against a meaty, nigh gamey note. Medium bodied and juicy, little tannin to note - had a lightness and deftness to it. 

To be honest, I struggled to truly get my head around it, yet it kept tugging me back for more. I'd be keen to see where it goes, thinking it a decent mid-term cellaring proposition. 90

Tasted on: Monday 27th January, a Leaf Day
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: Meerea Park

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