Region: Hunter Valley
Background: ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon is our flagship white wine and made from the best parcel of Semillon fruit we receive each year. Only wine from the very best Hunter vintages will be kept to cellar and re-release at 8—10 years of age. This is the first Semillon Aged-Release.
Fruit Source: Situated on Hermitage Road in Pokolbin, the ‘Braemore’ vineyard is the Semillon source for this wine and has been consistently our best Semillon fruit source since 2004. The vines have an average age of 40+ years.
Fermentation: The hand harvested fruit was crushed and then fermented in stainless steel.
Maturation: The wine was bottled under screwcap in July 2005 and was cellared for 5 years prior to its initial release in April 2010.
Winemaker’s comments:2005 was a Hunter drought vintage and produced great wines both red and white. As a rule, the Semillons are all very well balanced and proportioned wines with flavour and character in spades.
Tasting note:This wine is already showing classic secondary characters of toast and honey along with lanolin on the nose, but still quite restrained for its age. The palate is fruit pure, with loads of flavour, crisp acidity but still balanced with an extremely long finish.
Cellaring estimate: This wine has all the hallmarks that are required for further long term cellaring. 20+ years.
Suggested food match: Pan-fried fish.
Gold Medal—2014 NSW Wine Awards—Class 9
Top 40 NSW Wine 2014
Gold Medal—2014 Hunter Valley Wine Show—Class 27
Gold Medal—2014 Winewise SVA—Class 9
Gold Medal—2013 Hunter Valley Wine Show—Class 22
Gold Medal—2012 Hunter Valley Wine Show—Class 27
Gold Medal—2011 Hunter Valley Wine Show—Class 32
Gold Medal—2010 Tri Nations Wine Challenge—Class 5
Gold Medal—2010 NSW Wine Awards—Class 9
Top 40 NSW Wine 2010
Gold Medal—2009 Hunter Valley Wine Show—Class 32
What the experts say:
From the celebrated Braemore Vineyard planted in ’69, and still on an upwards trajectory. Bright green-straw; lime, honey, buttered toast and acidity contribute equally to a great Hunter Valley semillon, the length and aftertaste prodigious. Rated 97.
James Halliday – 2016 Australian Wine Companion