Region: Hunter Valley
Background: ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon is our flagship white wine and made from the best parcel of Semillon fruit we receive each year. Only wine from the very best Hunter vintages will be kept to cellar and re-release at 8—10 years of age.
Fruit Source: Situated on Hermitage Road in Pokolbin, the ‘Braemore’ vineyard is the Semillon source for this wine and has been consistently our best Semillon fruit source since 2004. The vines have an average age of 40+ years.
Fermentation: The hand harvested fruit was crushed and then fermented in stainless steel.
Maturation: The wine was bottled under screwcap in July 2006. The initial release was in 2011, but 60 dozen has been held back for a further 10 years.
Winemaker’s comments: The hot dry vintages continued, and 2006 was possibly the hottest overall with 46 degrees recorded on New Years day 2006. Getting fruit ripe was never an issue and the real challenge was making sure it did not become over-ripe and lose acid which would ultimately affect long-term aging ability.
Tasting note: Now well into its secondary phase, the colour is holding at light straw, the lanolin aroma character is becoming more evident and even a hint of butterscotch developing. The clean crisp palate tastes of lemon butter with sherbert like acidity. The palate length extremely long.
Cellaring estimate: This wine has all the hallmarks that are required for further long term cellaring. 20+ years.
Suggested food match: Pan-fried fish.
Gold Medal – 2009 Hunter Valley Wine Show, class 32.
Gold Medal – 2010 Hunter Valley Wine Show, class 32.
Gold Medal – 2011 Hunter Valley Wine Show, class 32.
Gold Medal – 2012 Hunter Valley Wine Show, class 27.
SILVER Medals – 9 (2007—2015)