Hunter Valley Semillon, but in a Riesling bottle. Blasphemous, maybe, but do you really care? Will it stop you from buying this Meerea Park Terracotta Semillon 2015?
My take – I don’t care if the juice is good. And I like this Meerea Park Sem. Sourced from the Leonard Estate vineyard, known for terracotta coloured soils. So unconventional dirt for classic Hunter Sem, where the best Semillon is on sandy soils, not the red clay. An unconventional bottle for a (somewhat) unconventional wine.
But it’s not really unconventional. It’s lean and green white with a real phenolic tang. Primal. Classical styles. Maybe a bit too lean, but that’s the mode – it’s for drinking next year or later, not now. There’s an unquestioned purity and a surety. You know where this is going (and it’s a good place), the middling nature of some ’15 Hunter Sems not evident here.
Best drinking: I’d wait 2-3 then for a decade. 17.7/20, 92/100+. 11%, $31.50. Would I buy it? Well worth a bottle for the cellar.