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Tyrrell’s ‘Vat 1’ Semillon

6 + $91.80 each
12 + $85.17 each
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New South Wales


Hunter Valley


I asked baby-faced winemaker Chris Tyrrell which vintage he thought 2017 most resembled for Semillon, and he ventured 2006. Or I think he did? Or maybe I just thought it resembled 2006? Anyway, both vintages had many days where the temperature pushed over 40c. The 2017 vintage came with healthy yields, and crop levels matching 1999 and 2009, with a high extraction rate (amount of juice per berry).Tasting the wines, and pitching my mind back over a decade, I can see the similarities to 2006 in how they taste as youngsters.

Intense limey goodness here, which will roll on to become a classic white Hunter Burgundy with bottle age: a subtle white flower perfume tells part of tale. Perfectly pitched, intense and crunchy, flavoursome too, with weight but no heaviness. There’s a light powdery texture, which seems to be a hallmark of the 2017 vintage. Then the finish. So long. A phenomenal Vat 1. 96+ Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front