Tyrrell’s Wines announces two new vintage releases
Thu, February 18th 2016
Vat 1 Semillon 2011
Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon is the most awarded white wine in Australia. With 2 gold medals, 4 silver and 8 bronze already under the belt, this latest vintage release seems sure to continue building on that count.
A late spring for this vintage lead into cooler conditions throughout November and early December with some rain. The result was above average crop levels which ripened well with the warmer weather in January. Picking began one week later than 2010 in early February.
In 1989 Tyrrell’s began to bottle age significant quantities of Semillon in the belief that it was only after time that the real greatness of the variety and the area would come through. When young, Vat 1 is generally a finer, more delicate Hunter Semillon style, but after 4 – 5 years it begins to show the vanillin, toasty characters of bottle age.
Vat 1 is made for long bottle ageing with the normal vintages extending for a minimum of 10 years, and the outstanding ones lasting 20 years plus.
Vat 9 Shiraz 2013
The Hunter has been making this style of Shiraz for over 150 years and Vat 9 is the flagship of the Tyrrell Hunter Valley reds. It is made in a traditional open ferment style, being respectful of the fruit with a focus on preserving purity and matured in large oak (2,700 litre barrels) for 15 months. The grapes are only sourced from the red soil ridge that runs through the winery. The oldest vines were planted in 1892 and the youngest in 1968.
The 2013 Vat 9 has the classic, savoury nose, medium body and fine fruit typical of great young Hunter Shiraz. It has plenty of aging potential and at just over 13% alcohol it is easy to finish and enjoy the whole bottle.
A late start to spring led to a cool November and December, setting Tyrrell’s up nicely for a good vintage. January brought ten days of above average warm weather helping to ripen the fruit perfectly. Picking began in the second week of February, one week later than the 2012 vintage.
Awarded one gold medal and two bronze.
Vat 1 and Vat 9 were the inaugural winners of the Hunter Valley Wine of Provenance awards.