Region: Hunter Valley
Background: 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.
Fruit Source: A small portion of fruit was harvested early from a high block on the Howard’s ‘Somerset’ vineyard in Pokolbin.
Fermentation & Maturation: The fruit was hand picked and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Bottling took place in July 2004 under screwcap.
Winemaker’s Comments: 2004 was a cooler than average Hunter vintage that produced great Semillon fruit throughout the Valley. The fantastic natural acidity is the key to these wines which has allowed them to age slowly whilst still developing the lovely bottle age characters Semillon is renowned for.
Tasting Note: Slightly more advanced than the ‘Alexander Munro’ Semillon, on both the nose and palate. The nose showing lanolin and bees wax underpinned by intense lemon and lime. The palate has an array of flavours with great line and length.
Cellaring Estimate: Long term.
Gold Medal—Class 68—Sydney Wine Show 2007
Gold Medal—Class 16—Hunter Valley Wine Show 2007
Gold Medal—Class 28—Hunter Valley Wine Show 2008
Gold Medal—Class 15—Hunter Valley Wine Show 2009
Silver Medal—Class 20—Hunter Valley Wine Show 2006
Silver Medal—Class 8—Winewise Small Vigneron Awards 2009
What the experts say:
“Bright straw-green; strikingly similar aromas to the Alexander Munro, the palate less intense but better balanced, perhaps. A pair of striking wines.”
James Halliday – 2010 Australian Wine Companion
“This is super smart and already quite complex: chilli pod and flint, some cream too. There’s also a sea breeziness. Has a tightness on the tongue, along with juicy creaminess, with buttered rye toast and nuttiness. Excellent fruit depth here: this is fabulous.
Tim White – Australian Financial Review – 14th August 2009
“With rising characters of lanolin, lemon butter and roast nuts, this wine is beginning to edge into the mature phase of life. It maintains an impeccable balance of lemon and lime on its long, zesty finish, with great contrast of flesh and fine acid-the best of both worlds.”
Tyson Stelzer – Wine 100 – November 2009
“The 2004 Meerea Park Terracotta Semillon has a wonderfully aromatic citrus fruit nose with notes of grapefruit, yuzu zest, kumquat, white pepper, nuts and coriander seed. Crisp, clean, light body, intense. Long and minerally in the finish. Only 60 cases made. Drink now to 2020. “
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW – The Wine Advocate #188 – April 2010