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.
Fruit Source: Situated in Pokolbin, the “Leonard Estate” vineyard is the Semillon source for the wine. The vines have an average age of 35 years and dry land grown, thus ensuring low yields and high quality.
Fermentation & Maturation: Hand picked fruit was crushed and fermented in stainless steel. The wine was bottled early and cellared for 5 years prior to release.
Winemakers Comments: 1999 in the Hunter Valley was an ideal Semillon vintage. A cooler than normal ripening season allowed the fruit to obtain sugar and physiological ripeness easily. The fruit was harvested at around 11.0 Baume to ensure good natural acid levels that are required for long-term aging.
The five years of bottle age has transformed this wine into a Semillon classic. Youthfulness has given way to hints of toast and honey, while still retaining mouthwatering acidity and a tight structure.
Cellaring: Further cellaring will enhance the existing aged characters.
Selected for QANTAS “First Class” International service in 2006.
“Len Evans Trophy” 2004 Hunter Valley Wine Show
“Tyrrell Family Trophy” 2004 Hunter Valley Wine Show
GOLD Medal 2003 Hunter Valley Wine Show
GOLD Medal 2004 Hunter Valley Wine Show
GOLD Medal 2007 Melbourne Show Wine
GOLD Medal 2007 National Wine Show
What the experts say:
“A very classy Semillon which is only beginning to show the first signs of bottle development. The palate is fine and long, enlivened by crisp acidity. Another 3-5 years cellaring will be richly rewarded.” Outstanding
Winewise, March 2004
“Everyone agreed that the 1999 Meerea Park Alexander Munro was looking remarkably young for its age. Forrestal thought it developed yet youthful, bright, intense and focused. Bullied said lemon curd and grilled nuts and a fresh, tight acidity that would continue to age. I admired this wine for its savoury, lemon verbena characters and fine, creamy palate embellished with more honey, nutty notes”.
5 Star Semillons – Australian Gourmet Traveller – Wine Magazine – Top 10 – Feb/Mar 2007