Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

A classic blend of cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc and world renowned Hunter Valley Semillon in a fresh, clean drink now style.

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2016

2016-sauvignon-blanc-semillon-tnRegion: Orange (90%) & Hunter Valley (10%)

Alcohol: 12.5%

Background: Meerea Park released a Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend from 1997—2000, with the Sauvignon Blanc being sourced from McLaren Vale. It has only recently been re-introduced.

Fruit source: Semillon fruit was used from the Kindred family’s ’Lochleven’ vineyard in Pokolbin and Sauvignon Blanc from the ’Kywarra’ vineyard in the cool-climate Orange region.

Fermentation: Both parcels of fruit were crushed as soon as possible after harvest and treated separately. The two parcels were then blended in a final ratio of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon.

Maturation: No maturation or oak treatment was undertaken before bottling in November 2016.

Winemaker’s comments: The blend changes slightly this vintage to a 10% Semillon and 90% Sauvignon Blanc. Great growing and harvesting conditions gave us plenty of great Sauvignon Blanc to play with. Hunter Semillon was also great, but in a leaner more classic style.

Tasting note: A very lifted nose of tropical fruit salad and hints of lemon. The palate is juicy but lively with tangy citrus underpinning exotic fruit flavours. There is fine balanced acidity with a dry, clean and lasting finish.

Cellaring estimate: Drink now.

Suggested food match: Fresh and cooked seafood dishes, or simply on its own!

2015

2015-Sauvignon-Blanc-SemillonRegion: Orange (50%) & Hunter Valley (50%)

Alcohol: 12.5%

Background: Meerea Park released a Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend from 1997—2000, with the Sauvignon Blanc being sourced from McLaren Vale. It has only recently been re-introduced.

Fruit source: Semillon fruit was used from the Kindred family’s ’Lochleven’ vineyard in Pokolbin and Sauvignon Blanc from the ’Kywarra’ vineyard in the cool-climate Orange region.

Fermentation: Both parcels of fruit were crushed as soon as possible after harvest and treated separately. The two parcels were then blended in a final ratio of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon.

Maturation: No maturation or oak treatment was undertaken before bottling in February 2016.

Winemaker’s comments: The blend changes slightly this vintage to a 50% Semillon and 50% Sauvignon Blanc. Great growing and harvesting conditions gave us plenty of great Sauvignon Blanc to play with. Hunter Semillon was also great, but in a leaner more classic style.

Tasting note: A very lifted nose of tropical fruit salad and hints of lemon. The palate is juicy but lively with tangy citrus underpinning exotic fruit flavours. There is fine balanced acidity with a dry, clean and lasting finish.

Cellaring estimate: Drink now.

Suggested food match: Fresh and cooked seafood dishes, or simply on its own!

2014

2014-Semillon-Sauvignon-Blanc---TN[1]Wine Notes

Region:Hunter Valley (60%) & Orange (40%))

Alcohol: 12.5%

Background: Meerea Park released a Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend from 1997—2000, with the Sauvignon Blanc being sourced from McLaren Vale. It has only recently been re-introduced.

Fruit source: Semillon fruit was used from the Kindred family’s ’Lochleven’ vineyard in Pokolbin and Sauvignon Blanc from the ’Kywarra’ vineyard in the Orange region.

Fermentation: Both parcels of fruit were crushed as soon as possible after harvest and treated separately. The two parcels were then blended in a final ratio of 55% Semillon and 45% Sauvignon Blanc.

Maturation: No maturation or oak treatment was undertaken before bottling in August 2014.

Winemaker’s comments: Semillon was again exceptional from the Hunter Valley in 2014, continually being called one of the best white vintages for years. Orange’s 2014 vintage was also very good for the cool climate region.

Tasting note: Lifted tropical and subtle lemon fruit aromas are evident on the nose. The palate is lively with tangy citrus and green apple freshness. There is fine but harmonious acidity with a very slight hint sweetness to balance everything up.

Cellaring estimate: Drink now.

Suggested food match: Fresh and cooked seafood dishes, or simply on its own!

2013

2013-Semillon-Sauvignon-Blanc[1]Wine Notes

Region:Hunter Valley (60%) & Orange (40%))

Alcohol: 12.5%

Background: Meerea Park released a Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend from 1997—2000, with the Sauvignon Blanc being sourced from McLaren Vale. It has only recently been re-introduced.

Fruit source: Semillon fruit was used from the Kindred family’s ’Lochleven’ vineyard in Pokolbin and Sauvignon Blanc from the ’Kywarra’ vineyard in the Orange region.

Fermentation: Both parcels of fruit were crushed as soon as possible after harvest and treated separately. The two parcels were then blended in a final ratio of 60% Semillon and 40% Sauvignon Blanc.

Maturation: No maturation or oak treatment was undertaken before bottling in December 2013.

Winemaker’s comments: Orange’s 2013 vintage was good all round and particularly for the white varieties. Semillon was exceptional from the Hunter Valley in 2013, one of the best white vintages for years.

Tasting note: Lovely lemon and tropical fruit aromas are exhibited on the nose. The palate is lively with citrus and apple freshness and also a hint of mango. There is fine acidity with a very slight sweetness to balance everything up.

Cellaring estimate: Drink now.

Suggested food match: Fresh and cooked seafood dishes, or simply on its own!

What the experts say:

“A jazzy new label design for Meerea Park is a plus, and this Hunter Valley semillon/Orange sauvignon blanc doesn’t disappoint, even if the junior partner (sauvignon blanc) has assumed control of proceedings with passionfruit and guava to the fore, semillon providing the largely hidden structure. Bargain basement.”

Rated : 90 Points

James Halliday – 2015 Wine Companion

2012

2012-Semillon-Sauvignon-Blanc[1]Wine Notes

Region:Hunter Valley (60%) & Orange (40%))

Alcohol: 12.0%

Background: Meerea Park released a Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend from 1997—2000, with the Sauvignon Blanc being sourced from McLaren Vale. It has only recently been re-introduced.

Fruit source: Semillon fruit was used from the Kindred family’s ’Lochleven’ vineyard in Pokolbin and Sauvignon Blanc from the ’Kywarra’ vineyard in the Orange region.

Fermentation: Both parcels of fruit were crushed as soon as possible after harvest and treated separately. The two parcels were then blended in a final ratio of 60% Semillon and 40% Sauvignon Blanc.

Maturation: No maturation or oak treatment was undertaken before bottling in December 2012.

Winemaker’s comments: Orange had favourable vintage conditions in 2012 and the blend has reverted once again to all NSW sourced fruit. Semillon held up well as always despite the Hunter Valley rainfall and the resulting wine we are very happy with.

Tasting note: A nose of cut grass, green apple and lemon flower aromas; the palate is lively with citrus and apple freshness. There is fine acidity with a very slight sweetness to balance everything up.

Cellaring estimate: Drink now.

Suggested food match: Fresh and cooked seafood dishes, or simply on its own!

2011

SEM-SAUV-2011[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley (50%) & Adelaide Hills (50%)

Alcohol: 12.0%

Background: Meerea Park released a Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend from 1997—2000, with the Sauvignon Blanc being sourced from McLaren Vale. It has only recently been re-introduced.

Fruit source: Semillon fruit was used from the Howard family’s ’Somerset’ vineyard in Pokolbin and Sauvignon Blanc from the Adelaide Hills region.

Fermentation: As with the locally sourced Semillon, both parcels of fruit were crushed as soon as possible after harvest and treated separately. The two parcels were then blended in a final ratio of 50% Semillon and 50% Sauvignon Blanc.

Maturation: No maturation or oak treatment was undertaken before bottling in February 2012.

Winemaker’s comments: 2011 eventually ended in being a great Hunter Valley vintage all round and was very good in the Adelaide Hills as well. Warm dry conditions resulted in ripe clean fruit.

Tasting note: An inviting nose of lemon and tropical fruit salad aromas, the Sauvignon Blanc component adding the lifted aromatic punch. The palate is flavoursome with fruit salad and mouth-watering citrus characters, good length of flavour and well balanced acidity that keeps it crisp and lively.

Cellaring estimate: Drink now.

Suggested food match: Fresh and cooked seafood dishes, or simply on its own!

2010

SEM-SAUV-2010[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley (60%) & Orange (40%)

Alcohol: 12.5%

Background: Meerea Park released a Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend from 1997—2000, with the Sauvignon Blanc being sourced from McLaren Vale. This is our first release of this blend since then.

Fruit source: Semillon fruit was used from the Howard family’s ’Somerset’ vineyard in Pokolbin and Sauvignon Blanc from the high altitude (800m) ‘Kywarra’ vineyard at Orange. The Sauvignon Blanc fruit was trucked to Pokolbin overnight for processing.

Fermentation: As with the locally sourced Semillon, both parcels of fruit were crushed as soon as possible after harvest and treated separately. The two parcels were then blended in a final ratio of 60% Semillon and 40% Sauvignon Blanc and bottled in May 2010.

Maturation: No maturation or oak treatment was undertaken before bottling in May 2010.

Winemaker’s comments: Much like 2009, the 2010 vintage started out very warm which ripened the white varieties quite early and generally allowed their harvest before any significant rain events. Rain in mid February caused some concerns with the Shiraz harvest for later ripening vineyards but the quality of the 2010 vintage overall is very good.

Tasting note: A lovely nose of lemon and tropical fruits, the later being attributed to the Sauvignon Blanc component. The palate is crisp but flavoursome with fruit salad and mouth-watering citrus characters, good length of flavour and well balanced acidity.

Cellaring estimate: Drink now.

Suggested food match: Fresh and cooked seafood dishes, or simply on its own!

What the experts say

“A handy stylistic take on the crisp dry white, drawing together Hunter semillon and Orange sauvignon to impressive effect. It’s all about crisp, juicy citrus and tropical fruit characters; the acidity kicks nicely through the finish, finishing lithe and long.”

91 Points.

Nick Stock – 2011 Good Wine Guide

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