Steve scored this wine: 94/100
TYRRELL’S WINES, Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
2010 VAT 1 SEMILLON
I enjoyed tasting wine from Tyrrell’s at an industry tasting promotion showcasing Australia’s First Families of Wine. There is more information on Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW) available at the end of this review.
Established in 1858 by English immigrant Edward Tyrrell, Tyrrell’s Wines is one of Australia’s pre-eminent family owned wine companies with vineyards extending from their historic home in the Hunter Valley to the Limestone Coast (SA) and Heathcote (VIC).
Headed up by fourth generation family member Bruce Tyrrell, Tyrrell’s is home to some of Australia’s most awarded wines including the iconic Vat 1 Semillon. 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.
From the Winery:
Vat 1 Hunter Semillon epitomized 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.
My Tasting Notes:
The 2010 Vat 1 Semillon has enticing, youthful aromas of lemon, lime and grass as well as pink grapefruit. It has excellent concentration of citrus and mineral flavours and a lengthy finish. The wine has very good structure, is very crisp and dry. Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon is very good on its own, for pairing partners I suggest pairing it with large shrimp (10-16/pound) baked lightly on coarse sea salt or, with creamy species of oysters on the half shell. This vintage is perfect now and for the next 15 years or more.
Varietal Composition: 100% Semillon
Appellations: Short Flat, Johnno’s Vineyards
Sweetness Level: Dry (00)
Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW):
AFFW together represent seventeen wine-growing regions across Australia and forty-eight generations of winemakers. The inaugural twelve-member alliance includes Brown Brothers, Campbells, Taylors, DeBortoli, McWilliam's, Tahbilk, Tyrell's, Yalumba, D'Arenberg, Jim Barry, Howard Park, and Henschke.
The aim of Australia's First Families of Wine is to showcase a representative and diverse range of the best of Australian wine with a focus on regional and iconic drops. The collective is working to engage and educate consumers, retailers, restaurants and the wine industry across the globe about the real character and personality of Australian wine, and about the unique characters and personalities behind it.
The 2010 Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon was tasted in May, 2015 in Vancouver, BC.
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