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Futures White Option

2013 Futures White HVD Semillon (Redeemable in 2017)

$152 per Option
Alc: 11.8%
pH: 2.95
TA: 6.88

How to Order
To join the Tyrrell’s Futures Wine program, simply complete the Future’s application form online or by download an order form and send it to Tyrrell’s Wines, together with an amount to cover the value of the Option you wish to take.

To download an order form, please click here

Winemaking Notes
The grapes were all hand picked and hand sorted in the vineyard to ensure only the fruit in the best condition made it to the winery. They were then crushed and allowed to drain before being gently pressed. This ensures the juice goes to ferment in the best condition and with a minimal amount of handling. Fermentation was at cool temperatures and the wine spent a short time on yeast lees before being fined and bottled in early July.

Style
Like all HVD Sign Post Semillons, this wine is bigger and softer than say, Vat 1 or Belford, and with all of our 2013 semillons being somewhat fuller and richer than normal anyway, the vintage really lent itself to this style. The wine has lots of soft fruit now but also has the backbone of acid to see it live long into the future. It will, however, be hard to keep after release as it will be so good to drink at four years of age.

The HVD Vineyard
Tyrrell’s HVD vineyard is situated within the Hunter Valley, 150km north of Sydney. First planted in 1908 and partally replanted in the mid 80s, the original semillon block known as the Sign Post, and the original chardonnay block (also planted in 1908), are still producing wine of great character.

The HVD Vineyard has light, sandy, well drained soils and is situated between two creeks that run out of Moore’s Gully. We use traditional viticultural techniques of cane pruning and clean cultivation with a mound thrown up under the vines. This reduces the temperature at the base of the vines. The clean cultivation reduces moisture competition from grass and weeds plus closes any cracks in the ground to prevent moisture evaporation during the hot months of December and January.

The 2013 Vintage

The growing season for the 2013 vintage was quite different to the previous two years. We had a warm to hot spring and an early summer with basically no rain. In the middle of January the paddocks were like a dust bowl and we went into the vintage period with small berries and high acids. On the January long weekend the heavens opened and we received about 175ml of rain which really got the vines working, and by the Wednesday of that same week the flavours we were looking for started to appear and picking started in earnest. 

Tasting through a number of local semillons from 2013 there is a real difference between those picked before and after the long weekend.

This wine was picked on January 31, which was absolutely spot on.

Cellaring Potential
Hunter semillon is one of those wines that simply gets better and better with bottle age; particularly when it is made from one of the best vineyards in the region. At four to six years old this wine will show both the benefits of bottle age, with complex toasty honey characters, but will also retain some youthful freshness. It will be brilliant drinking in 2017, but as is always the case it will easily handle further bottle aging.