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 along the Hermitage Road sand flat in Pokolbin, the ‘Braemore’ vineyard is the fruit source for the 2011 vintage and the 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 2011 and was cellared for 5 years prior to release in April 2016.
Winemaker’s comments: 2011 finished up being a great all round vintage, for both shiraz and semillon, with maybe shiraz just ahead in quality terms. The semillons will possibly not have the longevity of shiraz, but in return, will reward drinkers earlier.
Tasting note: Very pale yellow colour gives a hint to the youthfulness of this wine. Still shy on the nose with complexity, but has typical young Semillon citrus traits. Mouth-watering acidity keeps the palate tight and focused around the long flavour profile.
Cellaring estimate: Although drinking well now, this wine has all the hallmarks that are required for further medium term cellaring.
Suggested food match: Pan-fried fish.