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  • The ‘baby brother’ to the famous Vat 47 Chardonnay
  • A rich, fresh and generous Chardonnay
  • Generous, textured and complex
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Pale-Straw
Nose A citrus nose with a slight hint of oak.
Palate A weighted palate that is generous and has the texture and complexities associated with time on lees.
Food Pairing Chicken or pasta dishes.
Cellaring 3-5 Years
Notes Excellent drinking on release and will develop in complexity with short term bottle age.
Variety Chardonnay
Body Medium Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2016
Region Hunter Valley
Country Australia
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Tyrrell's
One of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries, Tyrrell's is an icon in the nation's wine industry. With vineyards from its home in the Hunter Valley, to South Australia and Victoria, the family has sourced premium parcels of fruit with which to continue their heritage of fine wine. The Tyrrell's name has been synonymous with the wine industry since its inception in 1858 by English immigrant Edward Tyrrell.



Today, the winery is managed by Bruce Tyrrell, a 4th generation family member and the head winemaker. In 1989, Bruce completed his first vintage of Semillon and named it 'Vat 1'. Upon its release to the market as an aged Semillon seven years later, it swept the awards shows and is now considered the benchmark of that wine style. As a family endeavour, Bruce and his wife Pauline's children are also involved; Jane is a sales representative of the brand, while her brother Chris as assistant winemaker, helps his father make the wines that have captured the global wine industry's attention.
Hunter Valley
Internationally, Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s two most well known wine regions, alongside Barossa Valley in South Australia. Located about a two hour drive north of Sydney, the region is very popular for weekend escapes from the city of Sydney.



Hunter Valley’s climate includes regular droughts or floods, seemingly less than desirable conditions to grow grapes, with the hot, humid summers and cool winters. Nevertheless, the region has been under cultivation since the 1800’s and is responsible for putting Australian wine, in particular Semillon and to a lesser extent Shiraz, on the world wine map. Winemaking pioneers such as Bruce Tyrrell and Len Evans helped the region gain worldwide recognition.



The famous Hunter valley Semillon was for many years known as ‘Hunter Valley Riesling’ and is never matured in oak. It is however one of the most ageworthy whites in the country with bottles showing an inordinate ability to age gracefully. Bottle-aged Semillons will often exhibit burnt toast and honey characteristics, slight nutty notes and supremely complex flavours on the palate. This palate complexity is coupled with soft acidity and the finish can be very long indeed.

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