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Munari Estate

www.munariwines.com

1129 Northern Highway, Heathcote, 3523

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (03) 5433 3366

Munari Estate's rather rustic cellar door. The elegant wines cetainly aren't.

Munari Estate is one of the region's stand out wineries with a focus on finesse and elegance rarely seen elsewhere in this super-charged red wine region. Adrian and Deborah Munari moved to the Heathcote region in the mid 1990s and in 1996 established Murani Wines.

The 8 ha property's portfolio of wines has grown from a single Shiraz and a blend (the Schoohouse) into a well rounded portfolio. The Shiraz, particularly elegant for the Heathcote, has been joined by a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec (in some vintages) and the Schoolhouse blend.

In 2005 the portfolio was futher expanded by the first Fortified Shiraz, a Shiraz-Viognier, a Rose, and a late harvest Viognier-Marsanne (grown on a neighbouring vineyard).

Adrian's philosophy is as many other traditional winemakers believe: "understand your site, its soil profile, seasonal climate variation, and thus grow the most appropriate varieties. Don't be restricted by the past: complement old winemaking principles with the innovative techniques developed in the new world for quality control. Doing so allows room for experimentation and adventure in the attaining of superior expression in the terroir".

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Munari Estate Lady’s Pass Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2028

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, fragrant and floral black cherry and mulberry with violet florals and white pepper notes, quite elegant and long medium bodied palate has some game nuances, well integrated clove/cinnamon French oak and fine dusty tannins (*****)

Munari Estate Lady’s Pass Shiraz 2011

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, from a cold vintage which has led to a fragrant and supple wine with some similarities to Cote Rotie Syrah, elegant and focussed mulberry and red cherry with rose petal florals and white pepper notes, dusty and just medium bodied with slaty minerals and savoury game nuances on the back end, balanced clove/cinnamon French oak (*****)

Munari Esate Beauregard Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, supple dark plum, mulberry and redcurrant with bay leaf, black pepper and violet notes, savoury and medium bodied with spicy mocha oak and fine tannins (***1/2)

Munari Estate Beauregard 2007

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, modestly spicy and elegant blend of 47% Merlot, 30% Petit Verdot and 23% Shiraz, long but delicately sweet core of cranberry, glazed red cherry and dark plum with violet and mint notes, medium bodied with some glycerol on the mid-palate and a streak of graphite minerals, lingering dusty tannins (****)

Munari Estate Schoolhouse Red 2007

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, mellow blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Shiraz and 9% Petit Verdot, leafy cassis, cranberry and red cherry with a light dusting of spice and mint, medium bodied with persistent dusty tannins and baked earth on the finish, the oak also brings dark chocolate/vanilla and warm spices to the finish (***1/2)

Munari Lady’s Pass Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, ripe and slightly forward blackcurrant and mulberry with black pepper and liquorice notes, mouth-filling glycerolness although is medium-full bodied mid-palate, earthy and savoury with a backbone of lively acids, plenty of coffee-cedar oak fills out the finish (***1/2)

Munari Malbec Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, rather ripe and tarry blackberry and stewed plum with cinnamon, dried herb and plum cake nuances, streak of chalky minerality brings some structure, finish balanced by the fresh acids and finely grained tannins (***1/2)

Munari Estate Lady’s Pass Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2008, fresh and vibrant black cherry and redcurrant flavours with violet and liquorice notes, spicy and medium bodied palate with mouth-filling glycerol smoothness, seamlessly integrated slightly charry cedar-vanilla oaking with some coffee aspects, well balanced acidity and fine, savoury tannins (****)

Munari Estate Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2008, smooth and medium-full bodied showing dark plum, mulberry and raspberry flavours and a touch of liquorice, glycerolly palate with black pepper on the mid-palate, some cigar box and unusual citrus notes on the finish (***1/2)

Munari Estate Fortified Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, concentrated raisened plum and dried fig, treacle and sweet chocolate although not as intense as many fortified Shirazes with an emphasis of expression on cinnamon, mocha, black olive and other complex characters, I agree with James Halliday that they should tone down the back end sweetness to make it really stand out from the pack (***1/2)

Munari Estate Lady's Pass Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, savoury black cherry and red currant flavours with violet and liquorice notes, medium bodied palate has elegant pepper and spice features, good length, smoky cedar-vanilla oaking, well balanced acidity, smooth tannins, a class act in what was a difficult drought vintage for many in the Heathcote (****1/2)

Munari Estate Schoolhouse Red 2004

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, Shiraz-Viognier blend, soft spicy style with multi-layered red and dark fruits, medium to full bodied with mid-palate Viognier lift but not too much, slight eucalypt note on finish (****)

Munari Estate The Ridge Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, sweet black cherry and plum flavours, full bodied palate shows spice and pepper features, smoky cedar oak, firm tannins (***1/2)

Munari Estate Fortified Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, lighter style but has lots of sweet port flavour particularly on the finish, clean spirit, 18% alcohol (***1/2)

Munari Estate Lady's Pass Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, savoury black cherry and raspberry flavours with violet and liquorice notes, mildly spicy, medium-full bodied palate, good length, smoky cedar-vanilla oaking, smooth tannins, deeper and more powerful than the 2003 but not quite as elegant (****)

Munari Estate India Red Cabernet 2004

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, lively sweet red and dark fruits with cumquat, anise and cedar notes, medium bodied, firm tannins with faint mint and charry American oak on the finish (***1/2)

Munari Estate Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, sweet dark plum and red cherry flavours, medium bodied with earthy and savoury features, smoky cedar-vanilla oaking and grippy tannins (***1/2)

Munari Estate Rose 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, derived from Shiraz Viognier blend, fresh and light bodied with subtle blackcurrant, apricot and musc notes, with surprisingly spicy mid-palate and crisp finish (***1/2)

Munari Estate Late Harvest Viognier Marsanne 2005

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, rich and sweet citrus and stewed apricot, marmalade features of palate, with some soft acid (***1/2)