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TYRRELL'S Stevens Semillon, Hunter Valley 2009

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TYRRELL'S Stevens Semillon, Hunter Valley 2009 TYRRELL'S Stevens Semillon, Hunter Valley 2009

TYRRELL'S Stevens Semillon, Hunter Valley 2009

Tyrrell’s is among the leading exponents – many would say it is THE leading exponent – of Hunter Valley Semillon. Neil Stevens’ dry-grown Glenoak Vineyard is on Marrowbone Road, Pokolbin. Its oldest Semillon vines were planted in 1911 on mostly light, sandy soils. Bruce Tyrrell calls Glenoak a ‘sacred site’ to which he has access on the basis of a handshake deal strengthened by the long friendship between the two families involved. Stevens Vineyard Semillon is cool fermented and spends minimal time on yeast lees before being bottled early (with no oak fermentation or maturation) to maintain freshness. The nose typically shows fresh citrus and floral characters associated with the vineyard. The palate is dominated by lime characters with a mineral edge showing good length with a soft, approachable acid structure. Stevens Semillon is routinely held for release as a ‘semi-mature’ Hunter Semillon ‘with its wonderful balance between youth and age… a core of citrus fruit… the palate beginning to fill out with bottle age… the acid softening into a seamlessly structured wine’. The established use of screwcaps has led to a better understanding of the style, which typically begins to peak 10 years from vintage.
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Tyrrell’s is among the leading exponents – many would say it is THE leading exponent – of Hunter Valley Semillon. Neil Stevens’ dry-grown Glenoak Vineyard is on Marrowbone Road, Pokolbin. Its oldest Semillon vines were planted in 1911 on mostly light, sandy soils. Bruce Tyrrell calls Glenoak a ‘sacred site’ to which he has access on the basis of a handshake deal strengthened by the long friendship between the two families involved. Stevens Vineyard Semillon is cool fermented and spends minimal time on yeast lees before being bottled early (with no oak fermentation or maturation) to maintain freshness. The nose typically shows fresh citrus and floral characters associated with the vineyard. The palate is dominated by lime characters with a mineral edge showing good length with a soft, approachable acid structure. Stevens Semillon is routinely held for release as a ‘semi-mature’ Hunter Semillon ‘with its wonderful balance between youth and age… a core of citrus fruit… the palate beginning to fill out with bottle age… the acid softening into a seamlessly structured wine’. The established use of screwcaps has led to a better understanding of the style, which typically begins to peak 10 years from vintage.
  • Style: Semillon
  • Vintage: 2009
  • Region: Hunter Valley
  • Code: TSSE
  • Varietal: Semillon
  • Country: Australia

Region Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is the most important quality wine-producing region in New South Wales, even though it represents only a Franceaction of the state’s production. Established in the early 1800s, the first vignerons recognised that the coastal Franceinge north of Sydney was too wet and humid for viable viticulture and thus took the decision to move into the hinterland. Although the region can be particularly hot, the cloud and rainfall patterns significantly modify the microclimate. The Hunter Valley is maritime influenced, with afternoon sea breezes funnelling up through the Hunter River and Goulburn River gap. Rainfall is very erratic and can arrive at the most inopportune time. Soils are generally rich volcanic and alluvial. The best vineyard sites are located within sight of the imposing Brokenback Range that is exposed to the cool sea breezes. Further inland, the maritime influence gives way to a greater degree of continentality. The Hunter Valley is best known for exceptional age-
The Hunter Valley is the most important quality wine-producing region in New South Wales, even though it represents only a Franceaction of the state’s production. Established in the early 1800s, the first vignerons recognised that the coastal Franceinge north of Sydney was too wet and humid for viable viticulture and thus took the decision to move into the hinterland. Although the region can be particularly hot, the cloud and rainfall patterns significantly modify the microclimate. The Hunter Valley is maritime influenced, with afternoon sea breezes funnelling up through the Hunter River and Goulburn River gap. Rainfall is very erratic and can arrive at the most inopportune time. Soils are generally rich volcanic and alluvial. The best vineyard sites are located within sight of the imposing Brokenback Range that is exposed to the cool sea breezes. Further inland, the maritime influence gives way to a greater degree of continentality. The Hunter Valley is best known for exceptional age-worthy Semillon and Franceesh savoury medium-bodied Shiraz, although Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay also perform well.
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Winery TYRRELL'S

Tyrrell’s is one of the oldest family wineries in Australia with a history dating to the mid 19th century. In 1850 Edward Tyrrell arrived in Sydney. He was eventually granted 330 acres of prime Hunter Valley land, planting his first vines in 1858. Tyrrell’s first vintage in 1864 began a family tradition of winemaking in the Hunter Valley. His original slab hut is still standing today. The economic slump in the 1930s,saw a decline in production as demand waned. Over the years Tyrrell’s has managed to survive and thrive, producing numerous wines including a handful of premium wines including the iconic Vat 1 Semillon, Vat 47 Chardonnay and Vat 9 Shiraz.
ABN: 77 159 767 843
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