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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 wined including the iconic Vat 1 Semillon. Since 1971, Tyrrell’s has been awarded over 5,000 trophies and medals and in 2010 was names “Winery of the Year’ in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion. With 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.

Youthful banana esters with a little grass and hay like character. It’s fine boned, limey and lightly flinty with a long dry finish. Features an attractive roundness of fruit married to even handed acidity – bright and zesty it is, piercing and terse it is not. The smooth operator of this year’s Semillon line up who’s subtle charms may go under-appreciated in a hurried appraisal. Rating: 94 Points; Drink: 2018-2031; Price: $35; Date Tasted: Sept 2011; Alcohol: 11.5%; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

Vat 1 can always be relied upon to deliver a pure, focused and linear wine, year-in, year-out; as a young wine, there is just enough flesh for a little pleasure, with lemon sherbet, lime leaf and straw; the structure indicates a long future ahead, and real pleasure will come at least five years down the track. Certainly worth investing both time and money to watch it truly come together. Rating: 96 Points; Drink by: 2035; Price: $36.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2012; Alcohol: 11.5%; James Halliday Wine Companion

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