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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.

The grapes for this wine come from the Belford vineyard owned by the Elliott family, situated 15km north/north-west of the Tyrrell’s winery. Planted in 1933, the vines are dry grown and planted on their own roots.The last of the semillon picked, this wine has a fuller palate commonly associated with the Belford vineyard, with great fruit intensity and a slightly higher acid intensity than normal years due to the cooler growing conditions.

Clean, fresh, almost peachy fruit along with aniseed and lime. It’s flinty and fine boned with sparklingly pure acidity and excellent length of flavour. There’s a suggestion of lettuce and grassiness, but it doesn’t obscure the delicacy and finesse of this little gem. It’s approachable now, in smash it with fish and chips kind of way, though it would seem a shame to do so. I liked it immediately. Suspect it’s going to be grand. Rating: 94 Points; Drink: 2012-2031+; Price: $25; Date Tasted: Sept 2011; Alcohol: 10.9%; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

Gleaming straw-green; while lemongrass and lemon citrus are very much in the frame, there are some honeyed notes starting to develop and encourage a second glass, and a third... But given its alcohol level, one of the strong points of Hunter Valley semillon, that's not as unwise as it might seem at first blush. A lovely mouthfilling style. Drink By: 2026; Price: $35.00; Alcohol: 10.5%; Rating: 94 Points; James Halliday


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