Region: Hunter Valley
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.
Situated in Pokolbin, the ‘Somerset’ vineyard is the fruit source for the 2003 vintage. The mature vines are dry-land grown and produced a yield of 1.5 tonnes per acre in 2003.
The hand harvested fruit was crushed and then fermented in stainless steel. The wine was bottled under screwcap in June 2003 and cellared for 6 years prior to release.
2003, while well noted as a hot dry vintage and very suited to the Shiraz grape, also produced some great Semillon fruit from the better vineyards. Vineyard management also came well into play with the timing of the harvest crucial.
A lovely yellow-green in colour with the nose suggesting toast, honey and lanolin. The palate has developed nicely with attractive citrus and honey complexities.
Cellaring: Drinking very well now but will continue to develop for up to 5 years.