Mostly natural ferment now, no malolactic, 20% new wood only, and moving to pretty much using only one year old oak in future, lees stirred once or twice. Left on lees till blending. All the fruit, pretty much, comes from the Short Flat vineyard, across the road from the Tyrrell’s winery… Smoke and nougat over just-ripe stone fruit. Proper Chardonnay scents. Quite a powerful hit of flavour here; finishes very tight and chalky.
95 points - WineFront.
…Chris Tyrrell says the difference with the 2013 Chardonnay is that it was only the second vintage to be 100% basket pressed... Struck match, cashew and almond, lime and peach. Medium bodied, mouth-filling palate, crystal clear limey acidity, power and style, but not heavy. Silky feel. Crisp flinty finish, that’s so pure and long. It’s all here. Best young Vat 47 I can remember.
96 points - WineFront.
Tyrrell's made its first Vat 47 in '71 and soon embraced barrel fermentation in French oak, to all intents and purposes the leader of the pack, playing the same role that Max Lake had played with Cabernet in '65-‘66, so it's hardly surprising Tyrrell's is a skilled practitioner.
95 points - Wine Companion.
Light to medium yellow colour, bright. The bouquet is fresh, youthful and alive, with lovely fresh clean citrusy fruit and a herbal note, the palate likewise generous but tightly-framed, focused and refined, with a long, long carry and great refinement. An ageworthy style.
95 points, Huon Hooke (October 2017)
Smoky, complex, low-level sulfides, a more modern style emerging. Biscuity oak, seems like a different kind of oak. Very good flavour depth and richness allied with subtley and refinement, then a long, long carry. Very smart wine.
96 points, Huon Hooke (March 2018)
Ripe tropical and stone fruits here, this has a wealth of acid-fueled power. Oak is restrained. There's an almost semillon-like feel to the palate.
93 points, Nick Stock (July 2017)