Background: Alexander Munro is winemaker Rhys Eather’s, great-great-grandfather and these true reserve wines are released only in years that reflect the status of the label.
Fruit Source: Situated in Pokolbin, the “Leonard Estate” vineyard is the Semillon source for the wine. The vines have an average age of 35 years and dry-land grown, thus ensuring low yields and high quality.
Fermentation & Maturation: Hand picked fruit was crushed and fermented in stainless steel. The wine was bottled early and cellared for 3 years prior to release.
Winemakers Comments: 2000 in the Hunter Valley was an ideal white vintage. A cooler than normal ripening season allowed the fruit to obtain sugar and physiological ripeness easily. The fruit was harvested at around 11.0 baume to ensure good natural acid levels that are required for long term aging.
The three years of bottle age has transformed this wine into a Semillon classic. Youthfulness has given way to hints of toast and honey, while still retaining mouthwatering acidity.
Cellaring: Further cellaring will enhance the existing aged characters.
What the experts say:
“Intense, clean citrus/lemon/herb; still at the start of its life, but plenty there.
Rating: 91 Drink: 2010
James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion 2005