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 vines in the HVD vineyard were planted in 1908 and form the “Sign Post Block”. The vineyard lies between two small creeks that are fed from a spring in the Brokenback range. The vines are rarely stressed and their roots are almost continuously in water. Great soil moisture from the previous growing season meant that the vineyard saw it’s best season in years. Kind weather over Christmas ensured even ripening and flavour development in the bunches. Classic HVD Semillon showing lifted floral aromatics and tightly structured palate with considerable length and a great balance with it’s clean, soft acid structure.
This wine is only sourced from the vineyard planted by the Hunter Valley Distillery in 1908 on very sandy soil, the legacy of creek beds countless years before. It's stacked with flavour to the point of space invasion, and doesn't need more time for muscle building. Drink to: 2025; Date Tasted: Jan 2020; Alcohol: 10.5%; Rating: 94 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
HVD is an amazing site. If you visit it, I’d suggest wearing thongs and a nice hat to fully enjoy the experience. Lemon juicy, almost white peppery aromatics. It presents delicate flavour, with some real lemonade flavour, light chalkiness in texure, and a powdery and pleasantly herb laced finish. Tasted: Aug 2015; Alcohol: 10.5%; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018-2028; Rated: 91+ Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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