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2013 Tyrrell's Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon

Hunter Valley

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Our Price: $66.99 / bottle (RRP: $85.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'Energetic and gently grippy; tightly wound but bristling with mineral intent. Bottle age has softened this ever so slightly. Nothing more. An Australian classic in the making!'
97 Points - Ned Goodwin, Halliday's Wine Companion 2019

  • The flagship Semillon and one of Australia's most awarded white wines. Vat 1 Hunter Semillon epitomises the benefits of patient bottle ageing that transforms this unoaked wine into a masterpiece. First produced in 1963, the Vat 1 is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks before it quietly spends a few years 'resting' in bottles. It is a classic Hunter Valley semillon showing a tightly structured palate with considerable length and breadth of citrus fruit flavours. This wine is only just beginning to evolve and show a hint of toasty, bottle aged complexity. An iconic Australian wine from what is a classic vintage for Hunter Valley semillon.

    First produced in 1963, the Vat 1 is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks before it quietly spends a few years 'resting' in bottles. 

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    The growing season was uninterrupted with dry conditions into the new year which resulted in smaller crop levels. The week before harvest we had a large rain event followed by dry weather and wind, which allowed the vines to get the grapes properly flavour ripe. The best whites were made just after this rain.

    Sourced from predominantly the Short Flat Vineyard, with a small percentage from neighbouring DeBeyers. These two iconic vineyards
    both sit alongside the same creek bed that runs through our property and
    both feature ideal sandy, Vineyard well drained soils. Vines planted on their own roots and dry grown. The oldest material being planted in 1923.

    The grapes were hand picked then, after a relatively cool fermentation, the wine spent minimal time on yeast lees before being bottled early to maintain its freshness. No oak fermentation or maturation.

    TASTING NOTES

    A fine Semillon vintage in the Hunter Valley. Lifted lime citrus aromas, the palate is seamless showing the typical powerful fruit core, which is balanced by the wine’s texture and soft acid profile. The length and power of fruit on the palate is what sets this year’s Vat 1 apart from the other recent vintages. A classic in the making, akin to to the legendary 2005 and 2009 vintages. Will happily reward at least another 10 years in the cellar.

    Alcohol - 11.5% 

  • REVIEWS

    'The Emperor, shy but strident, wearing a myriad of citrus and orchard colours and a tensile sash of calm, and poise. This majestic wine's lightweight belies its sheer stretch of flavours across the palate. Energetic and gently grippy; tightly wound but bristling with mineral intent. Bottle age has softened this ever so slightly. Nothing more. An Australian classic in the making!'
    97 Points - Ned Goodwin, Halliday's Wine Companion 2019

    'Classic in the making. Straw-green, slight spritz, excellent intensity yet still manages to trip lightly from the attack to the extended finish. Citrus, wax, anise and green herbs but beautifully integrated. Complete.'

    96 Points - Campbell Mattinson

    'Clean, lemon, lime, light honeyed tones - subdued - and then? A powerhouse palate presenting juicy, almost sweet, citrus fruit that fills the mouth - remarkable presence for such a light wine. Subtle powdery texture and pure acidity. Length to burn. A classic Vat 1.'
    96 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

    'Very subtle aromas of sliced lemon, apple and pear. Steel too. Full body, bright acidity and a vivid finish. Love the focus and beauty to this. Creamy mouth feel. Drink now. Screw cap.'
    94 Points - Nick Stock

    1 x Trophy, 5 x Gold Medals, 13 x Silver Medals, 15 x Bronze Medals




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