Mon, December 3rd 2012


Headlining Tyrrell’s current crop of semillons is the iconic Vat 1. Known as Australia’s most awarded white wine, the Vat 1 Hunter Semillon was fittingly crowned with the inaugural Wine of Provenance award at the 2012 Hunter Valley Wine Show, alongside its red stablemate, the Vat 9 Shiraz.

“The Wine of Provenance award celebrates the greatest wines of the area and their ability to age and improve over time,” said Tyrrell’s Managing Director and fourth generation winemaker, Bruce Tyrrell, “I am thrilled that the judges were unable to split Vat 1 and Vat 9 and so bestowed the inaugural award on both of them. This puts us very much at the top of the tree in the Hunter Valley for both semillon and shiraz quality and consistency.”

The current release of Tyrrell’s Single Vineyard semillons span three consecutive vintages and highlight both the nuances of their terroir and vintage conditions.

The 2006 HVD Semillon was a product of a Hunter Valley drought year and shows excellent sweetness of fruit on the palate. This vintage has also done particularly well on the show circuit, with Gold Medal wins at the recent 2012 National Wine Show in Canberra and 2012 Hobart International Wine Show. It was also listed in the Top 40 Wines for the 2012 Citibank NSW Wine Awards.

The 2007 Belford Semillon was one of the last batches of semillon picked from one of the earliest vintages seen since 1981 and has a fuller palate commonly associated with the Belford vineyard. The 2007 Belford Semillon also collected a Gold Medal at the 2012 National Wine Show and a Silver Medal at the 2012 Hobart International Wine Show.

The 2008 Stevens Semillon came from a difficult vintage in the Hunter but early picking of this 100 year old vineyard avoided problems associated with the wet harvest, and the finished wine shows the wonderful balance between the toasty complexity of age and prominent citrus profile of youth commonly associated with a semi mature Hunter semillon.

Tyrrell’s young release semillons, the 2012 Brookdale Semillon and 2012 Johnno’s Semillon, round out the current #semsational offering. The Brookdale Semillon took home a Silver Medal at the recent 2012 National Wine Show.

“The Brookdale is what I’m calling ‘bucket semillon’ this year, because you can drink it by the bucketload!” said Bruce. “And the Johnno’s is already showing a perfect balance of acid and fruit with its unique textural style.”

Tyrrell’s Wines are widely available from fine wine independent and chain retailers nationally with the Vat 1 Semillon priced at $68.99, the Single Vineyard Semillons at $33.99 and the Brookdale Semillon at $19.99 RRP. The Johnno’s Semillon is exclusively available to Tyrrell’s Private Bin Wine Club members.

Full results for Tyrrell’s Wines for the 2012 Hobart International Wine Show & National Wine Show are:

Hobart International Wine Show 2012
Trophy - Best White other than Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay – Vat 1 Semillon 2005
Trophy  - Best White Wine of Show – Vat 1 Semillon 2006
Gold Medal - Vat 1 Semillon 2005, HVD Semillon 2006 (c) & 2007
Silver Medal -  Vat 1 Semillon 2006 (c) & 2007 , Vat 47 Chardonnay 2009 (c), Belford Semillon 2007 (c), Belford Chardonnay 2010 (c), Stevens Semillon 2009
Bronze Medal - Vat 1 Semillon 2008, Vat 47 Chardonnay 2010 , Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz 2010 (c)

National Wine Show of Australia 2012
Trophy - Best Semillon Premium Classes – Vat 1 Semillon 2005
Gold Medal - Vat 1 Semillon 1999, 2005, 2006 (c), 2009, HVD Semillon 2006 (c), 2009, Belford Semillon 2009
Silver Medal - Vat 1 Semillon 2004, HVD Semillon 2012, Brookdale Semillon 2012 (c), Stevens Semillon 2009
Bronze Medal - Vat 1 Semillon 2007, Vat 47 Chardonnay 2010, Belford Semillon 2012, Belford Chardonnay 2010 (c), Fordwich Verdelho 2012 (c)

( c) = currently available vintage