'Alexander Munro' Chardonnay

'Alexander Munro' Chardonnay

2019 Chardonnay
Hunter Valley, NSW

Our reserve Chardonnay from the old-vine 'Casuarina' Vineyard on Hermitage Road which is barrel fermented in French oak

$50 each

Wine Details

Region

Hunter Valley

Vintage

2019

Type

White Wine

Variety

Chardonnay

Volume

750mL

Alcohol Volume

13.5%

Background

Pioneer Hunter Valley winemaker, 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.

Vineyard Notes

The old-vine ‘Casuarina’ Vineyard located on Hermitage Road in Pokolbin was again the Chardonnay vineyard source for the most recent 2019 vintage. This vineyard and has been consistently used by us since 2007 and is managed by Ken Braye.

Winemaking

2019 white wines are very impressive and slightly better quality than the excellent 2018, due to a slightly cooler ripening period. Slightly lower alcohols overall meant higher natural acid levels. Handpicked fruit was whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented in French oak hogsheads of which 60% were new. After 9 months maturation and no malolactic fermentation allowed, we bottled in December 2019 under screwcap.

Tasting Notes

Textbook Chardonnay aromas of white peach, nectarine and grapefruit. French oak spicy aromas to match. The medium-bodied palate has measured stone-fruit, melon and fig flavours. There is a beautiful balance with refreshing acid and an impressive length of flavour.

Peak Drinking / Cellaring Potential

Medium term. 6—10 years.

Food Matches

White meats such as chicken and pork.

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