‘XYZ’ Semillon

A new early drinking Semillon label in the Meerea Park portfolio that replaces the ‘Epoch’ from the 2008 vintage.

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Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 11.0%

Background: The ‘XYZ’ brand wines constitute modern styles of Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. New Generation wines from the Hunter Valley.

Fruit source: Grapes used to make this Semillon was sourced from the old-vine vine ‘Lochleven’ vineyard in Pokolbin. The block was planted in 1973.

Standard fermentation in stainless-steel with no malolactic fermentation allowed.

Maturation: No maturation was undertaken.

Winemaker’s comments: 2016 was a return to ‘normal’ Hunter Valley vintage conditions in the beginning. Warm dry days in January were punctuated later in the month with rain and cooler weather. Vintage finished with a return to dry weather and a good harvest overall.

Tasting notes: Very light colour, almost clear, with a pale lemon tinge. There is a lemon concentrate like nose with sherbert like aromas. The palate is light and fresh, with typical citrus flavours. It has great line and length.

Cellaring estimate: Medium to long term.

Suggested food match: Fresh and cooked seafood, including oysters, prawns and white fish


XYZ-SEM-2009[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 11.0%

Background: The XYZ brand wines constitute modern styles of the Hunter staples of Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. New Generation wines.

Fruit source: Fruit for this wine is from the Howard family’s 1968 planted old-vine semillon vineyard in Pokolbin.

Fermentation: The handpicked fruit was fermented entirely in stainless steel then bottled under screwcap to capture the varietal freshness of this variety.

Maturation: No maturation or oak treatment was undertaken prior to bottling in September 2009.

Winemaker’s comments: 2009 began warm and provided ideal ripening conditions for the vines. Semillon, as always performed very well producing highly flavoured wines of similar style to the acclaimed 2005 vintage.

Tasting notes: Pale straw in colour with a tinge of green. The nose shows lemon/citrus and the palate has flavours of ripe lemon and spice. Fruit and acid are in balance allowing this to be consumed now and for many years to come.

Cellaring estimate: Medium—Long term.

Suggested food match: Fresh seafood or as an aperitif.

What the experts say

“Pale crystal green; a tightly folded single vineyard wine, without the usual flamboyant fruit characters of ’09; however, will grow with bottle age.”

Rated 90

James Halliday – 2011 Australian Wine Companion

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