The Vat Series represents the flagship range for Tyrrell's. Made in small volumes and produced using only the best parcels of fruit from their top vineyards, these wines showcase the very best that the Hunter Valley has to offer. The name “vat” stems from the still present large oak maturation vessels which were used by the Tyrrell’s forebears. And the number represents the cask in which that style of wine was originally fermented or matured.
The 2017 Vat 47 shows a continued evolution in style towards a more delicate and textural Chardonnay for Tyrrell's. The nose shows delicate citrus and white stonefruit with a hint of oak and sulphide lift. The palate has the generosity of Chardonnay in a toned down form. The fruit is balanced well with the fresh acidity and slight textural element from extended time on yeast lees. A vastly different style to the Vat 47's from 20 years ago!
The fruit was handpicked before immediately being 100% basket pressed. The juice was cold settled for two days before fermentation was initiated in stainless steel tanks, then the fermenting juice was transferred to French Oak barriques (20% new). The wine stayed in these barriques until October before it was blended and coarse filtered into bottle.
A fine example of modern Hunter Valley Chardonnay, medium bodied with slightly struck flint yeast character, a slight spiciness with grapefruit overtones. The palate is delicate, yet rich, round creamy fruit of great texture and mouthfeel persist, which ties in nicely with the soft French Oak balance and clean acid structure.
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.
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
This is right up there with the best recent vintages of Vat 47 for me (2009, 2013). I suspect it will be quite a thing with a few more years in bottle, and I’d suggest that the sweet spot is generally around five to ten years from vintage…. Beautiful. Wait a few years, mind you
Pale gold in colour, the 2017 is bound up in a tight helix of lemon, lime and fresh melon. The sweet, crisp apple on the palate offsets the aspirin-like acidity which talks of impending greatness in decades to come.
Round and creamy; pristine, juicy peach and melon fruit knit with restrained vanilla oak and cashew-like undertones. It’s long and fluffy, translucently clear and slightly fatty, extending towards a mouthwatering finish of lemony acids .
This is very deep and composed with layers of ripe-apple, cream, coconut and pie-crust character. Full body. Lightly velvety texture and a flavorful finish. Intense but in reserve. Gorgeous white.