Tyrrell's Vat 1 Sémillon 2015
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An icon of the Australian wine landscape. This is still a baby at 8 years of age, with Vat 1 typically hitting its peak at closer to 20! Expect vibrant citrus character and light notes of honey and toast development to start showing with air. Simply magnificent wine.
Tyrrell’s in one of Australia’s oldest family-owned wineries, established in 1858. Edward Tyrrell, an Englishman, arrived in Australia in 1854, aged 19, and set himself up in the Hunter Valley in 1858. The hunter Valley was an established area during this time, full of pre-existing vineyards. After planting a vineyard, the first vintage was harvested in 1864, from two varieties which were becoming popular in the Valley: Semillon and Shiraz. Since that time, the winery has been managed by a succession of Tyrrell family members, now made up of the fifth generation. From its humble beginnings, Tyrrell’s now has 106ha of Chardonnay, Semillon, Shiraz and Pinot Noir vineyards in the warm, maritime climate of the Hunter Valley, and 26ha of Shiraz in the cooler, continental climate of Heathcote in central Victoria. Fruit is sourced from other regions such as McLaren Vale and Eden Valley in South Australia. For over a century, winemaking duties were undertaken by members of the Tyrrell family, with only three non-family members holding the position of chief winemaker. The winery has undergone change over the years, such as progressing from 95% of their business emanating from the cellar door to now exporting to over 50 countries.
The range of wines from Tyrrell’s is immense, from easy-drinking whites, sparkling wines to full-bodied reds. The ‘Hunter Valley Semillon’ is sourced from several vineyards in the area, and features aromas and flavours of citrus and grapefruit, and a light to medium-bodied palate. The ‘Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz’ has aromas and flavours of plums, cherries and white pepper, and a full-bodied mouthfeel and long finish, with elegant oak notes and medium acid. The ‘Winemaker’s Selection Vat 6 Pinot Noir’ is a sumptuous wine with aromas and flavours of wild strawberries and mushrooms, with fine tannins and a long length that can see it cellar for over five years.
For more information on Tyrrell’s and their wines, visit their website.
New South Wales is an Australian wine powerhouse, accounting for almost a third of Australia’s output. The state has 16 wine regions, resulting in a huge amount of diversity in the terroir and climate and allowing for a range of varieties to be grown, each with their own distinctive trademark flavours. Although NSW is Australia’s second largest wine producing state, it’s also the most populated state, resulting in more wine being consumed than produced.
If you’re seeking a stunning white wine, that search may just end here. With over half of the wine produced in NSW being white grape varieties, it would be hard not to find something palate pleasing. The most famed variety is Sémillon, with a particular focus on produce from the Hunter Valley – the country’s oldest continuous wine region and home to over 150 premium wine producers. An honourable mention goes out to the Rieslings and Chardonnays that flow from the state’s regions.
Speaking of Chardonnay, not only was NSW the state where the first Australian Chardonnay was planted, it’s also the country’s oldest wine region. The grapes were brought over on the first fleet to arrive in the country and planted in Sydney Cove in 1788. Since then, the number of wineries has exploded to over 485, boasting over 330 cellar doors and over 40,000 hectares under vine.