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.
Now cruising towards the first stage of maturity, the balance of the mouthfeel is exceptional. It is this that will underwrite the long period as the changes of age become less obvious, but incrementally are spectacular. Drink to: 2034; Price: $85.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2019; Alcohol: 11.5%; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
Vat 1, year in, year out, rarely sets a foot wrong. Honey and some soapy perfume, white fruit like pears, plus mixed citrus and a flicker of pepper. Light in body, yet delivers plenty of flavour, ripe lime, lovely clean acidity – almost a sherbetty character – then a finish that’s light, delicate but very long. Precision and beauty. Good bet for the cellar too. Tasted: Aug 15; Alcohol: 11.5%; Price: $40; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018-2035; Rated: 95 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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