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 2000 vintage was the Trophy winner at the 2000 Hunter Valley Wine Show for current vintage Chardonnays. No 2001 vintage released.
Fruit Source: A single low cropping, old vine Chardonnay vineyard in Pokolbin.
Fermentation & Maturation: The fruit was hand picked and then whole bunch pressed. The free run juice was settled then racked to 70% new Centre of France oak barriques where natural yeast carried out the fermentation. Malo-lactic fermentation was allowed to occur in all barrels with lees stirring being conducted regularly. After 9 months in oak, the wine was cold stabilized and minimal fining carried out prior to bottling.
Winemakers Comments: 2002 in the Hunter was cool and to many perfect conditions which allowed the fruit to ripen slowly and to optimum natural ripeness, while retaining good natural acids.
A restrained style of Chardonnay showing pear/peach fruit supported by yeasty lees and subtle oak. The palate has wonderful texture and complexity with a long finish. The acidity of the wine provides the palate with structure and the ability to age over the medium term.
Cellaring: Medium term
What the experts say
“Hunter chardonnays can be clumsy, oaky and alcoholic. This is none of those.”
Huon Hooke – Top Aussie White – Good Living – 13th April 2004
“Complex-but-buttery, rich but leesy, with tangy, spicy, peachy, toasty fruit fleshing out the palate. Good wine. Gets better given time to rest in the glass. Wild and funky.”
Winefront Monthly – Campbell Mattinson – August 2004