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 2012 vintage release. 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 June 2012 and was cellared for 5 years prior to release in early 2017.
Winemaker’s comments: No Shiraz was harvested by us in 2012 and only a couple of parcels of Chardonnay and Semillon. The reason Semillon is so successful in the Hunter Valley is its ability to handle a wide range of weather conditions. The best Semillons are made in the cooler years, and 2012 was certainly that. The class of the ‘Braemore’ vineyard was apparent in delivering grapes that weren’t just usable, but also very high quality.
Tasting note: A pale yellow colour, with a slight straw hue. The nose is starting to show aged complexity, but also has fading young Semillon citrus fruit characters. A lovely mouth-filling palate with tidy acidity keeps the palate focused and enhances the long balanced palate.
Cellaring estimate: Although drinking well now, this wine has all the hallmarks that are required for further short—medium term cellaring.
Suggested food match: Grilled fish.