Barossa Valley Shiraz, Coonawarra Cabernet, Hunter Valley Semillon. There are just a few Australian wines styles that are synonymous with their respective regions. When you think of these regional styles, what is the wine comes to mind? Moreso than any other, Tyrrell’s Vat 1 is that wine; it is the Hunter Valley Semillon.
In the finest examples, Hunter Valley Semillon carries its primary fruit through decades in the cellar on a zip line of fine acidity. And, Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon is the finest of examples. Langton’s Classified Outstanding, this bonus upgrade is already a decade young and very much worth waiting for.
While you’re waiting, there are eleven bottles of the bright, fresh and ready-to-roll Tyrrell’s Pokolbin Semillon 2016. This wine is made from fruit sourced from the Vat 1 block albeit picked a little later so the fruit is more generous. A little lees ageing too, so the body has more texture. But it requires less time. None at all in fact.
"Classically proportioned Hunter Valley semillon at an affordable price. Clean and bright with sweet-lemon flavours on the palate. Stainless steel fermentation and lees ageing create a wine with beautiful freshness and softness. With low-to-moderate alcohol, it is a perfect drink for warm summery evenings."
89 Points, The Real Review
"From two dry-grown blocks with an average age of 60 years. Five years have passed since the wine was made, but it's oh so young and fresh, with years of life in front of it; its balance and length are faultless, so its future is gold-plated, but I must point it as it is today."
95 Points, Wine Companion
"Lemon powder and subtle tropical notes, but largely drenched in freshly squeezed lime. It has richness and intensity of flavour but remains tangy and zesty – the acid line feels tight and secure – enough to anchor it safely for many years. Sails through the mouth and coasts effortlessly long through the finish. In short, a richer style, but a beautiful Vat 1."
95 Points, The Wine Front
"Vat 1 Semillon is fermented in stainless steel, spending a short time on lees in tank prior to bottling. It sees no oak. The 2010 Winemaker’s Selection Vat 1 Semillon has youthfully mute aromas of lemon peel, fresh grass, chalk boards, fresh lime juice and grapefruit. Very crisp, dry and light-bodied, it possesses an excellent concentration of citrus and mineral flavors, finishing long. Don’t even think about drinking this now – try it in about 5-6 years when it will start to enter its drinking window. It should cellar to 2022+. Tyrrell’s continues to set a very high benchmark in the Hunter, offering a broad range of wines across many price points and styles that can’t fail to impress. Australia’s original Chardonnay – Vat 47 – is partially fermented in stainless steel before being transferred into new, one and two year old French oak barriques. Malo-lactic is avoided. It is matured on yeast lees for around six months prior to blending and bottling."
94+ Points, Wine Advocate