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.
A great balanced between fruit acid and oak hints at the quality of the wine and the vintage. The wine has the typical seamless Vat 47 palate with great fruit length and a clean acid finish. Entirely hand picked with a proportion also being basket pressed. After cold settling the juice was partially fermented in stianless steel before being transferred into new, one and two year old French oak barriques where it was matured on yeast lees for 6 months prior to blending and bottling.
This is right up there with the best recent vintages of Vat 47 for me (2009, 2013). I suspect it will be quite a thing with a few more years in bottle, and I’d suggest that the sweet spot is generally around five to ten years from vintage. Lime and melon, vanilla and spicy biscuit, kinda delivers that classic Vat 47 flavour profile, along with some cashew and a minor smokiness. Medium bodied, a little toast and nuts, but a fluid and glycerol feel with flinty texture, delightful mouth-perfume, and a fine long finish. Beautiful. Wait a few years, mind you. Wrote a score of 95+ or 96. Either or. Tasted: Apr 18; Alcohol: 13%; Price: $70; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2022-2032+; Rated: 96 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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