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 along the Hermitage Road sand flat in Pokolbin, the ‘Braemore’ vineyard is the fruit source for the 2009 vintage and the mature vines are dry-land grown and produced a yield of 1.3 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 2009 and was cellared for 5 years prior to release in April 2014.
Winemaker’s comments: Semillon did extremely well in the conditions of 2009. Warm dry weather early with a heavy storm during February after the white varieties were safely harvested. 2009 was also great for long term cellaring Shiraz.
Tasting note: Aromas of buttered toast and waxy lanolin. The palate has filled out with toasty complexity but is still tight and focused eluding to a good cellaring life ahead of it.
Cellaring estimate: Although drinking well now, this wine has all the hallmarks that are required for further medium—long term cellaring.
Suggested food match: Pan-fried fish.
What the experts say:
“Still pale straw-green; from the celebrated Braemore Vineyard and held for its first release in Apr ’14 when 5 years old; this is an exceptional semillon with power, precision and varietal purity rocketing through the ultra-long palate.”
Rated : 96 Points
James Halliday – 2015 Wine Companion
“I don’t care what anyone says, the best semillon in the Hunter always comes from sandy soils, giving more finesse, better acid structure and longevity” says Meerea Park winemaker Rhys Eather, comparing his Alexander Munro (sandy soils) with his Terracotta (clay). Munro is sourced from the 1969 planted Braemore vineyard, referred to by Eather as Burgundian in the way Andrew Thomas, Pepper Tree and Meerea Park all source from the same vineyard. Harvested in a single pick, this is a semillon of pristine focus, tension, energy and texture, with a core of primary citrus energy and epic acid line. Profound mineral texture is classic Braemore, beautifully refined, eminently persistent and backward at five years of age. $30 at Banks (2008). 2009 coming late March 2014. Drink: 2019-2029”
96 / 100
Tyson Stelzer – Taste Weekly 143 – 14th March 2014
“Bright, light, yellow/green colour. The bouquet, but not the colour, revealing toasty straw bottle-age. Very bright, fresh, youthful and lively, with beginnings of bottle-aged straw and toast flavours, and starting to be quite complex. Intense and penetrating palate, Delicious middle-aged Semillon. It has many years still to go.”
Huon Hooke – The Wine Guide 2015
“Here’s another wine of the highest quality. The fresh lemon curd aromas are captivating, and the palate is rich and long, with a great line of acidity. If you wish to try a brilliant Hunter Semillon in the prime of its life, buy this without hesitation.”
Winewise Magazine – 2015 Semillon Championship.