Region: Hunter Valley
The ‘Terracotta’ wines get their name from the soils on which the fruit is grown. These red basalt/clay soils are renowned for their low fertility thus reducing the yield of the vine and increasing fruit concentration.
A small portion of fruit was harvested early from a high block on the Howard’s ‘Somerset’ vineyard.
Fermentation & Maturation:
The fruit was hand picked and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Bottling took place in July 2003 under screwcap.
2003 was a warm drought vintage that produced ripe and flavoursome Semillon fruit. Harvesting at the correct time was crucial so the fruit did not become over-ripe and as much natural acidity as possible was retained.
The nose is already toasty with a hint of lanolin. The palate is full and flavoursome with a line of acidy holding it in balance. A wine that can be enjoyed now.
Cellaring: Short to medium term.
What the experts say:
“Has less depth than Alexander Munro, but more drive and intensity to the more focused lemon and mineral flavours, and pronounced citrussy acidity. To 2013.”
James Halliday – 2009 Wine Companion
“This deliciously mature Hunter semillon is named after the terracotta coloured clay soil of the region. It reinforces Meerea Park as one of the best modern producers of this classic wine type. Lime-lemon sherbert and honeyed aromas have an earthy component, and the sustained flavour has freshness and a lingering savoury finish. ”
Ralph Kyte-Powell – The Age Epicure – 28th April 2009