2013 ‘Alexander Munro’ Chardonnay

2013-Alexander-Munro-Chardonnay-FS[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Background: Alexander Munro was winemaker, Rhys Eather’s great-great-grandfather and these true reserve wines are released only in years that reflect the status of the label. The 2000 vintage was the Trophy winner at the 2000 Hunter Valley Wine Show for current vintage Chardonnay.

Fruit source: The old-vine ‘Casuarina’ Vineyard located on Hermitage Road in Pokolbin was the Chardonnay source for the 2013 vintage.

Fermentation: Handpicked fruit was whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented in French oak barriques of which close to 50% were new.

Maturation: After 9 months maturation and no malolactic fermentation allowed, we bottled in January 2013 under screwcap.

Winemaker’s comments: 2013 in the Hunter Valley was warm and mainly dry and produced very high quality grapes covering all red and white varieties. A return to the ‘Casuarina’ vineyard for this label sees a slight step up in quality to the 2011 vintage.

Tasting note: A powerful stone-fruit nose complimented by spicy and toasty oak characters. The palate is full-flavoured, with the stone-fruit carrying through from the nose. There is a lovely line of acidity through the wine which gives it structure and focus, a great match for the extremely long finish.

Cellaring estimate: Medium term. 5—8 years.

Suggested food match: White meats such as chicken, pork, fuller flavoured fish including Ocean Trout and Salmon.

What the experts say:

The 2013 Alexander Munro Chardonnay offers expressive notes of apricots, guava and green mango with touches of cedar, cashews and meal. Medium-bodied, it fills the palate with ripe stone fruit and tropical flavors, nicely complimented with toasty notes and refreshing acidity, finishing long and creamy. Drink it now to 2018+.

Rated : 91+.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown – The Wine Advocate #213 – Jun 2014

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