Tyrrell'S 'Vat 1' Semillon 2005
1 or more bottles$155.99
James Halliday97 points
Huon Hooke97 points
Gary Walsh96 points
Lisa Perrotti-B95 points
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.
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- Orange Marmalade
- White Flowers
- White Pepper
Critic Scores & reviews
"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."
"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."
"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 MW95
"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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Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.
Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.
Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.
With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.
New South Wales
New South Wales, is a wine-lover's paradise with 14 official wine regions that cater to every palate. The region boasts Australia's oldest wine-producing area, the Hunter Valley, as well as newer and exciting cool climate regions like Orange, the Southern Highlands, and Tumbarumba. With its status as the second-largest wine-producing state in Australia, New South Wales attracts wine enthusiasts from around the world. However, despite its production, the region's wine consumption far outpaces its output due to its high population.
In addition to its diverse range of wine regions, New South Wales is also known for its excellent food and wine events. The Hunter Valley, for example, is home to the famous Hunter Valley Food and Wine Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. The festival features tastings, cooking demonstrations, live music, and other activities that showcase the region's local produce and wines.
Furthermore, the New South Wales wine industry is committed to sustainable practices and environmentally-friendly production. Many wineries in the state are certified organic or biodynamic, and there is a growing trend towards low-intervention winemaking. This means that the wines produced in New South Wales not only taste great but are also produced in an ethical and environmentally conscious way.
Other regions within New South Wales, such as the Canberra District, Cowra, Gundagai, Hastings River, Hilltops, Mudgee, New England, Perricoota, Riverina, and the Shoalhaven Coast, produce some of the finest Australian wines, making New South Wales a must-visit destination for wine connoisseurs.
Hunter Valley is one of Australia's most famous wine regions and is internationally recognized alongside Barossa Valley in South Australia. This region, located about two hours north of Sydney, is a popular destination for weekend getaways from the city. The climate in Hunter Valley is characterized by regular droughts or floods, which may seem less than ideal for grape cultivation due to the hot, humid summers and cool winters. However, the region has been under cultivation since the 1800s and is renowned for its production of Australian wine, especially Semillon and to a lesser extent, Shiraz.
The success of Hunter Valley's wines can be attributed to the dedication and innovation of its winemakers, including industry pioneers such as Bruce Tyrrell and Len Evans, who helped to establish the region's reputation worldwide. The region's famous Semillon grape, once known as "Hunter Valley Riesling," is never matured in oak but is instead left to age in bottles. This wine is one of the most ageworthy whites in the country, exhibiting an impressive ability to age gracefully. Aged Semillons can exhibit burnt toast and honey notes, nutty flavors, and supremely complex palates. The soft acidity of the wine is well-balanced, and the finish can be incredibly long.
In addition to its renowned Semillon, Hunter Valley is also home to several other grape varieties, including Chardonnay, Verdelho, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The region's diverse range of soil types and microclimates provide winemakers with the opportunity to experiment with different grape varieties and production techniques, resulting in a rich and complex range of wines.
Beyond its wine production, Hunter Valley is a beautiful region with many activities and attractions for visitors. From hot air balloon rides and scenic helicopter flights to wine tours and gourmet food experiences, there is something for everyone in Hunter Valley. The region's natural beauty and rich cultural heritage make it an ideal destination for wine enthusiasts and tourists alike.
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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.