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.
The first release was the 1998 vintage in 2003.
Fruit Source: Situated in Pokolbin, the “Leonard Estate” vineyard is the fruit 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 in July 2001 and cellared for 4½ years prior to release.
Winemakers Comments: The vintage was a wet one but 2001 was another good year for Semillon that allowed the fruit to ripen without being sun damaged, the biggest foe of the pale skinned variety and one that can severely reduce quality. 2001 vintage Hunter Semillons show good varietal and should do well in the cellar.
Slow developing, hints of toastiness are just beginning to become evident on the nose. The palate is long, rich and balanced with a fantastic acid backbone that will see the wine develop over many years, improving all the time.
Cellaring: Further cellaring will enhance the wine. 10 years+
Selected for QANTAS 1st Class International service in 2007.
What the experts say:
“Showing some toasty development but mainly smells of lemon and hay. Very pure and clean on the palate with a lovely lemon flavour. The acidity here is really good – and by this I mean it is there but it is soft and feels very right. Good clean finish. This one is an each way bet for drinking now or cellaring”.
Rated : 93 Points
Gary Walsh – Winorama – November 2005
“A complex wine, with some deliberately funky characters on the bouquet; still retains grip and length to the ripe citrus and grass flavours. Cork. 10.5% alc.
Drink 2011 – James Halliday – 2007 Australian Wine Companion.
“With a medium-deep yellow colour and a complex, aged bouquet of beeswax and honeysuckle, this is a delicious, semi mature Hunter semillon. It has great depth of flavour and softness, although there’s no shortage of acid to help it age and develop. The finish is dry, finely balanced and very long. A superb semillon with several years left in it. Great with any grilled white-fleshed fish – such as bream. 95 Points. Best Semillon Award.
2007 Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide