Meerea Park Alexander Munro Semillon 2006 (Hunter Valley, NSW)
$35, Screwcap, 11%
Source: Wine list
I had this for lunch at Sydney’s Longrain on Friday, just to test out whether it would match with high end Thai food. It passed with flying colours (as did the Singha to start. Great beer that).
Now, this Semillon comes off the Braemore vineyard (which is also the source of Andrew Thomas’ scintillating ‘Braemore’ Semillon) a plot producing some of the finest Semillon grapes in the Hunter Valley. The vintage too was a good one (for Semillon), a warmish, even year that produced reasonably classic Semillon.
Suitably, this is sitting in a good place, with a very typical nose dominated by lemon curd, lightly toasty bottle aged richness over greener, appley primary fruit. It’s still very much in a primary stage with that lemon curd openness makes for a very nice fruit/development contrast. The palate accentuates this even more, with a real lemon tart acid/richness balance that makes for a wonderful mouthful of wine. It’s supported by an effortlessly long finish and soft natural acidity (as opposed to hard added acidity) rounding things off.
A long, perfectly formed, green fruit meets yellow bottle age, five year old Semillon with power and style to burn whilst still being approachable enough to woo non Semillon drinkers. World class Semillon. 18.7/95