‘2013 and 2014 will be top vintages’, states winemaker Andrew Spinaze, ‘it’s a real Vat 1 character; very intense, robust almost. Intensity is at the highest here in 2014’. Interestingly, the winemaking team is talking shifting production across to the basket press, for more phenolic work and complexity of texture. A changing of style, or reverting to…
Compact and powerful wine. Such focus and persistence too. Waxy and floral notes in perfume, citrus to the max. Purity of flavour, light juicy citrus, squeaky waxiness in texture, big hit of flint-like minerality, almost a rock chisel and then green apple. Incredible power. Incredible focus. Incredible young release.
96 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, August 2014.
Only available to Wine Club members now, the main release 5 years down the track. Made from the estate's Short Flat Vineyard, the blocks dating back to '23, this is destined to add yet more trophies to the Tyrrell's warehouse of such tributes. Its balance and mouthfeel are remarkable, supple and juicy, yet cleansed by gently insistent acidity.
97 points, James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, September 2014.
A fantastic semillon, this is deep and dry with lemon-curd, salt, stone and pear-skin character. Full and energetic. So much going on here. It goes on for minutes. Block of marble.
95 points, JamesSuckling.com (May 2019)
When you look at Vat 1 in a blind line-up including other top semillons, what makes it stand out is its sheer intensity of flavour, as well as its freshness compared to other wines of similar age. This wine has incredible palate depth, not to mention delicacy, form and grace. Lemon curd aromatics with faint and respectful flintiness. The bright palate is soft, generously flavoured and mouth-filling, with an integrated acid line. Completely delicious and well-worthy of its icon status.
95 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
Creamy lanolin and ripe lemon aromas, lovely nose. It's rich and full of flavour, deep and generous, with Sunlight Soap lemony notes and some nettles. Intense and deep. A real mouthful of wine. Concentrated but soft and retains its subtlety.
94 points, The Real Review (June 2015)