2009 Meerea Park Alexander Munro Semillon

imageAn aged release yet it remains focused and relatively youthful. Both Shiraz and Semillon fared well in the Hunter Valley in 2009. Grapes came from the sandy soils of the Braemore Vineyard, originally planted in 1969.

Lemon extends into slightly more tropical territory with aniseedy thyme in the wings. A touch of spice. Stony but starting to develop some toastiness and texture. A little curd although there’s still more than enough acid to carry it a long way. Ghosts of lime marmalade to come. Chalky finish. I’d be leaving it alone for another five years but I guess it depends on what you’re after. 94

Region: Hunter Valley
Alcohol: 10.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $40
Tasted: April 2014


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2 Responses to 2009 Meerea Park Alexander Munro Semillon

  1. Matt Moore says:

    I was in restaurant last year where they gave me half a bottle of a vintage (2006?) of this for free at the end of the meal. Apparently no one wants Hunter Sem these days (hence they were replacing it with a Chablis as part of a degustation wine flight).

    I recall that one being a surprising rich and full-fruited for a wine of its type. Also seen a few bottles of the 2003 round the traps recently which is probably more in the zone right now.

  2. I certainly see less and less of it on retail shelves and in restaurants in Brisbane. It does strike me, in its youth and maturity, as a style for the initiated. Not enough brash flavour early on to compete with other dry whites and perhaps slightly confronting to many once it has developed those array of complex bottle aged flavours and aromas. Add to that the idea that aged white wine isn’t something the general consumer seeks out and it poses a problem. I guess it’s a shame but it does result in the wines being remarkably affordable for those of us who enjoy them.

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