What makes the 2014 Tyrrell’s Stevens Semillon so special is the six full years of bottle age that has passed since it was originally bottled. Tyrrell’s know that for a great Semillon to really unleash its innate character, it needs time, and that’s why these single-vineyard wines are only released when ready.
Since then, it’s gone on to win a trophy, a top-gold medal, two golds, 5 silver medals and 10 bronze across the major wine shows in Australia.
A benchmark, in anyone's language. And at this price? It's a bargain too.
Sourced from Neil Stevens’ Glenoak vineyard, a combination of light sandy loams and transitional darker, heavier clay soils. Oldest plantings on this vineyard are from 1911. Fermentation in stainless steel at cool temperatures with some time on lees before bottling.
The nose shows fresh citrus and floral characters associated with the Stevens vineyard. A palate which is dominated by lime characters with a mineral edge and a spine of fresh acidity
Tyrrell's is an iconic Hunter Valley winery renowned for producing some of Australia’s greatest wines. Tyrrell's was established by English immigrant, Edward Tyrrell in 1858 at the foot of New South Wales’ striking Brokenback Range. Today, Tyrrell's is headed up by 4th generation winemaker, Bruce Tyrrell, with the 5th generation hot on his heels! Tyrrell's produces a broad array of wine varieties and styles, ranging from the inexpensive to the luxurious. They have championed the Semillon variety, with their flagship, of course, being the world-renowned Vat 1. They strive to create wines of individual character, flavour and integrity. Since 1971, Tyrrell’s has been awarded over 5,000 trophies and medals and in 2010 was named “Winery of the Year” in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion. With the fifth generation, Chris, Jane and John, involved in the business, Tyrrell’s will continue to remain family owned with the simple philosophy of producing high quality wine that people love to drink.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Bright, light straw-yellow hue. The bouquet a matter of dried herbs and dry grass, savoury and straw-like, while the palate is juicy and lemony, with almost a sensation of sweetness in the middle. Limes, lemons and great intensity of semillon fruit. It's magical how it combines richness with delicacy. It fills the mouth with fruit which lasts and lasts on the beautifully harmonious aftertaste.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
A famous wine in the context of the Tyrrell's semillon portfolio, a wine of long standing and - curiously - the only single vineyard semillon to be machine-harvested. It has a distinct citrus core allied with minerally acidity, and responds well to lengthy cellaring.
Faintly smoky, toasty and buttery; fresh melon, lemon and a hint of tobacco; long, pure and generous, with a juicy core of fruit and a vivacious acidity.
Very tight and refined white with wonderful finesse and density, in a compact and beautiful way. Cooked-apple, lemon-rind and some stone and lemon-curd character. Medium body. Creamy and beautiful. Excellent this year. Drink now or hold. Screw cap.