Tyrrell'S 'Vat 1' Semillon 2005

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TYSE200510 UCAU
  • A classic Hunter Valley Semillon
  • The 2005 vintage has been awarded 28 trophies; 5 Top Gold & 45 Gold
  • Semillon doesn't get any better than this!
  • Single Bottle
    $155.99
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  • James Halliday
    97 points
  • Huon Hooke
    97 points
  • Gary Walsh
    96 points
  • Lisa Perrotti-B
    95 points

Editors notes

An iconic Australian wine from what is a classic vintage for Hunter Valley semillon.

Showing a tightly structured palate with considerable length and breadth of citrus fruit flavours. This wine is only just beginning to evolve and show a hint of toasty, bottle aged complexity.

Details

Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Lemon
    • Orange Marmalade
    • White Flowers
  • Palate
    • Petrol
    • Stonefruit
    • White Pepper

Food Pairings

  • Asian
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Halliday

    97
    "Bright, pale green-straw; the wine has the stamp of the ’05 vintage all over it, with lemon citrus fruit in a seamless, unending stream; its balance, line and length are all perfect; eight gold medals, three trophies."
  • Huon Hooke

    97
    "Light yellow; hard to believe this is six years old, it looks like two! Fresh, youthful, relatively undeveloped lemony and creamy yeast lees aromas, with subtle hints of toast and resin the only suggestion of its age. Crisp and clean in the mouth, even a touch straightforward at this under-developed stage. Rich and almost a suggestion of sweetness from its concentrated and superbly high quality fruit. Very vibrant; clean, tight, reserved, but with terrific intensity and great length. Just starting to enter its drinking window and still has a long way to go."
  • Gary Walsh

    96
    "Clean, lemon, lime, light honeyed tones - subdued - and then? A powerhouse palate presenting juicy, almost sweet, citrus fruit that fills the mouth - remarkable presence for such a light wine. Subtle powdery texture and pure acidity. Length to burn. A classic Vat 1."
  • Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

    95
    "The really, really young – not budging at all in terms of aging - 2005 Vat 1 Semillon still shows a little residual CO2 on the nose along with notes of lemon and fresh yuzu zest plus hints of wet pebbles; it is actually a little closed. Not so with the palate as it is bursting with citrus flavor, tons of acid freshness and a very long and pebbly character in the finish. Still young to drink – it could well have 50+ years of ageing potential."

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Locations

Australia

The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

New South Wales

Home to 14 official wine regions, New South Wales offers a diverse and wide-ranging expanse to produce wines that appeal to every palate.

From Australia’s oldest continuous wine region – the famous Hunter Valley – to exciting new cool climate regions such as Orange, the Southern Highlands and Tumbarumba, these regions can be found to produce some of the best Australian Wine around. Recognised as the second-largest wine-producing state in Australia, New South Wales is also the most populous state with its wine consumption far outpacing the region's wine production. Although the Hunter Valley region is well known, the majority of wineries are located along the Murray and Darling Rivers (in the south-east of the state) which supplies water for many of the region's wineries.

Other regions within New South Wales include the Canberra District, Cowra, Gundagai, Hastings River, Hilltops, Mudgee, New England, Perricoota, Riverina and the Shoalhaven Coast.

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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About the brand 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.

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