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 2009 vintage and the mature vines are dry-land grown and produced a yield of 1.3 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 2009 and was cellared for 5 years prior to its initial release in April 2014 and again again in March 2018.
Winemaker’s comments: Semillon did extremely well in the conditions of 2009. Warm dry weather early with a heavy storm during February after the white varieties were safely harvested. 2009 was also great for long term cellaring Shiraz.
Tasting note: Youthful appearance still with tinges of green; aromas of toast, lemon butter and lanolin. The palate has citrus like minerality filled out with toasty complexity, but is still tight and focused. Lovely line and length.
Cellaring estimate: Drinking well now, if cellared carefully, this wine has another 15 years cellaring life.
Suggested food match: Pan-fried fish.