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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.

Bright colour with a youthful green hue. The nose shows only a hint of toasty bottle age development behind its prominent citrus fruit profile. This wine already shows all the characteristics of a semi mature Hunter semillon, with its wonderful balance between youth and age. A core of citrus fruit, with the palate just starting to fill out with some bottle age and the acid beginning to soften into what is a seamlessly structured wine.

Gleaming straw-green; the bouquet immediately tells you this has reached the first level of maturity - the first plenitude, as Richard Geoffroy, Dom Perignon winemaker, would say. The palate is in lockstep with the bouquet, honey and lightly browned toast making an appearance, acidity an ever-present reminder there is no need to rush. Rating: 95 Points and Special Value Star; Drink by: 2025; Price: $35.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2015; Alcohol: 11%; James Halliday Wine Companion


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