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Tyrrell's Vat 47 Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2018

White Wine from Australia - New South Wales
A consistent award-winner, even in tough recent vintages this is an Australian wine which never fails to impress. However, in the truly exceptional 2018 vintage it is a stand-out delight. The nose is subtle and elegant, with just the right amount of everything: peachy fruit, a hint of mouthwatering mealy character and alluring vanilla pod. The palate shows great tension and finesse, with a rounded but fine character, focused lemon freshness and a hint of textural nuttiness.It is a wine of wonderful layers of flavour which will reward those most willing to give it the time and consideration it deserves.
Price: £40.00 Bottle
Price: £240.00 Case of 6
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Code: AU24101

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2029
  • 75cl
  • Screwcap

New South Wales

Australia's first vineyards were planted here in 1788. Today, the state is most famous for the Hunter Valley, where Australia's most delicate, ageworthy white wines are made. Picked early and light in alcohol, Hunter semillon is delicious for its dry, tight structure and lemony fruit which becomes toasty and soft in texture with age. In successful vintages, Hunter’s medium-bodied, earthy and ageworthy shiraz reds can also be outstanding.

Tyrrell's

A member of the prestigious Australia’s First Families of Wine initiative, it is not surprising given Tyrrell’s history that they make some of the most-awarded wines in the country.

Tyrell’s have been making wine since 1858. Their founder’s philosophy was ‘nothing is great unless it is good’ and this is still very much the family motto. Their history spans five generations, and is today headed by the irrepressible Bruce Tyrrell and his children Chris, Jane and John.

Chris has already proven to be a talented winemaker; however it is Bruce who has been behind much of Tyrrell’s success in the last two decades. Not afraid to get his hands dirty, his direct, heart-on-his-sleeve approach has made him one of the great Aussie characters of the wine world.

Like its maker, their signature Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon is one of the country’s true individuals and has proven impossible to imitate. It is grown near Sydney, where the conditions suit the grape nicely: grapes are picked relatively early and bottled quickly, meaning a low potential alcohol, high acidity and neutral flavour.

In their early days they are unexpectedly neutral in character, but their true talent lies in blossoming beautifully with age (sometimes upwards of 20 years) and showcasing the elegant, restrained and compellingly unique Hunter Valley style.

This - along with all the other Tyrrell’s wines we stock - is grown in the Polkobin area of Hunter Valley, where they first planted vines in 1879. Unsurprisingly given...
A member of the prestigious Australia’s First Families of Wine initiative, it is not surprising given Tyrrell’s history that they make some of the most-awarded wines in the country.

Tyrell’s have been making wine since 1858. Their founder’s philosophy was ‘nothing is great unless it is good’ and this is still very much the family motto. Their history spans five generations, and is today headed by the irrepressible Bruce Tyrrell and his children Chris, Jane and John.

Chris has already proven to be a talented winemaker; however it is Bruce who has been behind much of Tyrrell’s success in the last two decades. Not afraid to get his hands dirty, his direct, heart-on-his-sleeve approach has made him one of the great Aussie characters of the wine world.

Like its maker, their signature Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon is one of the country’s true individuals and has proven impossible to imitate. It is grown near Sydney, where the conditions suit the grape nicely: grapes are picked relatively early and bottled quickly, meaning a low potential alcohol, high acidity and neutral flavour.

In their early days they are unexpectedly neutral in character, but their true talent lies in blossoming beautifully with age (sometimes upwards of 20 years) and showcasing the elegant, restrained and compellingly unique Hunter Valley style.

This - along with all the other Tyrrell’s wines we stock - is grown in the Polkobin area of Hunter Valley, where they first planted vines in 1879. Unsurprisingly given the long history of the vineyards, yields are low, and their harvest (beginning in January) is one of the earliest and also shortest in the region. The maritime climate means it is generally warm, with particularly hot and dry summers.

The finished product speaks for itself: Tyrrell’s has a talent for creating wines with a distinctive, high-quality varietal character with an old world structure and new world savoury flavours.
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Australia Vintage 2018 New South Wales

South Australia and Victoria had good vintage conditions in 2018, without major heat spikes and avoiding rain at harvest, with the Barossa Valley enjoying nothing short of an outstanding vintage, hailed as the vintage of the decade, some even having gone so far to say the vintage of the century. . The Margaret River had a great vintage (as always!) with the added bonus of slightly higher yields. New South Wales was generally very dry, and the Hunter Valley could hang out the bunting after a vintage that was not scarred by rain and in which quality was high. Tasmania was also generally dry, particularly at harvest, and conditions were good for a high-quality harvest of good yields. Chardonnay and pinot noir both did very well indeed in Tas in 2018.
2018 vintage reviews

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