97 Points & Top 100 Wines of 2018 James Halliday
97 Points Huon Hooke
96 Points Gary Walsh, Winefront.
Trophy & 5 Gold medals
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. Winemaker’s 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.
“The grapes came from two vineyards, one planted in ’23, the younger one in ’69, both on well drained sandy soils. This is classic stuff, the Tyrrell family with generational experience and an embarrassment of richness with its holdings of old vines, here resulting in lime/lemon/talc flavours and texture.” – 97 Points & Top 100 Wines of 2018 James Halliday
“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, Winefront.
“Bright, medium to light-yellow colour. A whiff of free sulfur comes off at first sniff, then there’s lemony herbal freshness, discreet and refined with no single aroma dominating. There’s just a whisper of toast starting up, but the wine is reserved for its age, promising to live long if cellared. Taut, dry, savoury and restrained. An excellent wine with a long future ahead of it.” – 97 Points Huon Hooke