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 2010 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 2010 and was cellared for 5 years prior to release in April 2015.
Winemaker’s comments: 2010 was a great follow up vintage for Semillon after the excellent 2009 harvest. Again, slightly cooler and overcast conditions suited Semillon better than 40 degree days!
Tasting note: On the nose there is warm toast and nuances of lanolin, with underpinnings of lemon zest. The palate is flavoursome and has developed a toasty complexity. There is still ample acidity and great focus eluding to a long 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
‘Meerea Park Alexander Munro 2010 semillon ($45) sat in bottle for five years before release. Grapes were sourced from the Braemore vineyard in Pokolbin. It features delicate lemon, hay, lemongrass and wax flavours along with a light grip and juicy flow to the finish’.
95 / 100. Ben Thomas – The Weekly Review November 2015
“Grown on the Braemore vineyard. Bottled way back in July 2010 but held back from release until April 2015. It’s vital, fresh, spritzy and long. This is in super form. Wax, citrus, hay and lemongrass, with a whisper of honeysuckle holding on through the finish. Sophisticated and seductive at once. Delicate too. Just beautiful. Ready to drink now though showing no signs of tiring.”
94 Points. Campbell Mattinson – The Winefront – 10th May 2015
The grapes grown on the celebrated Braemore Vineyard produced the finest wine of the vintage once again. While still showing the life-giving acidity of Hunter Valley semillon, this has an extra layer to its panoply of lemon/citrus fruits, in turn elevating and driving the impact of the finish and aftertaste. A very high quality semillon.
Rated 96. James Halliday – 2016 Australian Wine Companion