Region: Hunter Valley
Background: Alexander Munro was 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 best Semillon parcel harvested is selected each year to make this wine.
Fruit source: Situated on a sand flat in Pokolbin, the ‘Braemore’ vineyard is the fruit source for the 2005 vintage whose mature vines are dry-land grown and produced a yield of 1.5 tonnes per acre.
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 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. The palate is fruit pure, with loads of flavour, crisp acidity but still balanced and long.
Cellaring estimate: This wine has all the hallmarks that are required for long term cellaring. 20 years.
Suggested food match: Pan-fried fish.
What the experts say:
“From the Braemore vineyard, Rhys Eather has made a scorching semillon. Wonderful delicacy and intensity of lightly-browned toast and lemony flavours, beginning to build bottle-aged complexity. A classic and just 11 per cent alcohol. Now to five-plus years.”
96 / 100.
Huon Hooke – SMH Good Living – 8th June 2010
“Bright pale straw-green; has developed slowly but surely, still youthful and built around lemony acidity; is still building flavour, with another five-plus years to go to get close to its peak.”
James Halliday – 2011 Australian Wine Companion