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 on a sand flat along Hermitage Road in Pokolbin, the ‘Braemore’ vineyard is the fruit source for the 2007 vintage and 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 July 2007 and was cellared for 5 years prior to release in April 2012.
Winemaker’s comments: The hot dry vintages continued but did not reach the extremes of the very hot 2006 vintage. 2007 was an ideal vintage for Shiraz with Semillon also being very good, producing highly flavoursome wines.
Tasting note: Strong characters of toasted bread with lanolin on the nose. The palate is rich without being broad but with intense underlying citrus. There is a crisp acid backbone and long finish.
Cellaring estimate: This wine has all the hallmarks that are required for long term cellaring.
Suggested food match: Pan-fried fish.
Gold Medal – 2008 Sydney Wine Show, class 30.
Gold Medal – 2010 Hunter Valley Wine Show, class 27.
Silver Medal – 2007 Hunter Valley Wine Show, class 4.
Silver Medal – 2008 Hunter Valley Wine Show, class 33.
Silver Medal – 2011 Hunter Valley Wine Show, class 15.
What the experts say:
“This single-vineyard Semillon is a textbook traditional Hunter style, with beeswax, lemon juice and citrus pith aromas that are still fresh and youthful. The middle palate is soft and rounded, clean and pure, with impeccable harmony. Drink now to 2022. 11 percent alcohol. “
94 / 100
Huon Hooke – Good Living – 2nd October 2012
“The colour is has vivid green tinges; the bouquet foreshadows a totally delicious palate with ripe citrus, reaching into passionfruit, flavours, and a long finish tied together with gentle acidity. The show record tells the tale: silver medals in its youth, then gold medals at the Hunter Valley and Sydney shows in ’10. Has become even more enticing.”
96 / 100
James Halliday – 2014 Wine Companion