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Vat 1 Hunter Semillon

by Gary Walsh on Fri, October 31st 2014

95 Point - Lemon powder and subtle tropical notes, but largely drenched in freshly squeezed lime. It has richness and intensity of flavour but remains tangy and zesty – the acid line feels tight and secure – enough to anchor it safely for many years. Sails through the mouth and coasts effortlessly long through the finish. In short, a richer style, but a beautiful Vat 1.

by James Halliday (Australian Wine companion 2015) on

94 Points & Outstanding - Only a small portion of Vat 1 is released when young to its mail list customers; the wine has very good structure to its citrus and mineral flavours; despite its alcohol, is very tight and focused, ready for the decades to come.

by Robert Parker on

94 + Points - The 2010 Winemaker’s Selection Vat 1 Semillon has youthfully mute aromas of lemon peel, fresh grass, chalk boards, fresh lime juice and grapefruit. Very crisp, dry and light-bodied, it possesses an excellent concentration of citrus and mineral flavors, finishing long.

by Lisa Perrotti-Brown on Fri, October 31st 2014

94 + Points - Vat 1 Semillon is fermented in stainless steel, spending a short time on lees in tank prior to bottling. Itsees no oak. The 2010 Winemaker’s Selection Vat 1 Semillon has youthfully mute aromas of lemon peel, fresh grass, chalk boards, fresh lime juice and grapefruit. Very crisp, dry and light-bodied, it possesses an excellent concentration of citrus and mineral flavors, finishing long.

by Alan Hunter on Sat, January 24th 2015

94 Points - Semillon is a grape from which Australians have crafted a unique style. In young wines it presents as high in acid and lemon-centred fruit, with age building layers of toast, nuts and honeyed nuance. A class act from one of the first wine families.

by Tyson Stelzer on

94 Points - …goodness, there is fruit concentration and persistence packed in. Pure lemon zest with hints of madeleine on the bouquet; the palate is layered with lemon, lime, red apples and nutmeg. Tuck in!

Old Winery Shiraz

by James Halliday on

Spicy red fruits, with cranberry and sage; medium bodied, forward, fleshy and accessible, with taut acidity and a very drinkable finish; luncheon wine in every respect.

by Tony Love on

The serious stuff: Using two of its regionally diverse vineyards across the country that go into higher-level wines, this is unashamedly designed as ripe, sweet fruited shiraz with raspberry, cinnamon, and vanillin oak influences. The fun stuff: Soft, lush and easy drinking for red novices without too many complexities to get in the way of a good time.

Old Winery Cabernet Merlot

by Winestate on

Sweet plum cake of a nose and a soft, round blueberry palate. A very nice quaffing wine.

by James Halliday on

As the label indicates, a SA/WA blend for those with the ability to sell wine (particularly at this price) opportunities to buy in bulk abound this has good black and red berry fruit flavours, and enough structure to satisfy.

Old Winery Traminer Riesling

by Drinks Trade Magazine on

Lifted musky, sweet nose with muscat characters. Elegant and bright with balanced acid and sugar. A medium-sweet light style, with honey flavours, floral notes; simple, juicy and easy drinking.

Old Winery Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

by Tyson Stelzer on

89 points

East meets west in this Hunter/WA blend, capturing the crunch of granny smith, the zest of lime and lemon and the freshness of cut grass, softened with a subtle touch of fruit sweetness.

by Geraldton Guardian on

The Semillon characteristics dominate this blend sourced from many regions. Zesty, restrained and fresh, with aromas of lemon and grass showing. Flavours of grass and semi-sweet lemon tickle the tongue and are balanced with smack of acidity provided by the Sauvignon Blanc. When it comes to this variety the price is right, and so is the palate. Tyrrell’s has made it for the market, and for everyone that enjoys an SSB with slightly lower alcohol content, it is just the ticket.

by Winestate on

Delicate nose with pretty, floral nuances. Lovely fruit expression on the palate, with a big residual sugar finish and firm, crisp acidity to balance.

Old Winery Verdelho

by James Halliday on

89 points

Attractive example; some depth to the tropical fruit salad flavours without the detriment of phenolics; good balance and length.

by Rachael McDonald on

A brilliant summer choice, this wine combines sweet tropical fruit flavour with some added spice. The citrus finish means it will compliment spicy Asian dishes, so open a bottle with your next curry.

by Peter Chapman on

A cracking good drop from one of the premium labels of the Hunter Valley. The wine features great characteristics with aromas of limes, sweet fruit and light spices One of the best of this variety I have tried.

Old Winery Sauvignon Blanc

by Tyson Stelzer on

90 points

Some lees contact builds the finely textured mouthfeel of this crunchy lemon and lime style, lifted with a pretty fragrance of lemon blossom and a long finish of grapefruit and nashi pear.

by National Liquor News on

Zesty fruit with the right amount of acid and a clean finish. Easty to drink with firm acidity balanced by sweet tropical fruit.

Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz

by Winewise on

This is an attractive mouthfilling shiraz with spicy notes and a hint of peppermint. Good short term drinking.

by Illawarra Mercury on Mon, June 2nd 2014

The third wine under Tyrrell’s Rufus Stone label came about through an inspired decision in 1994 by head honcho Bruce Tyrrell to buy an old farm at Heathcote which was transformed into a shiraz vineyard. It’s a high quality red, polished and poised with lashings of plum and black fruit, spice and peppery characters, chocolate and juicy tannins.

Vat 47 Hunter Chardonnay

by James Haliday (2015 Wine Companion) on

95 Points - The wine that (indirectly) started the whole Australian export story with its ‘71 vintage, the necessary precursor to the events of the second half of the 80’s. this is an impeccably made wine, not a hair out of place, and needs no patience (it’s ready already), just an appreciation of good wine. Screwcap. Drink to 2020

by Rob Geddes on

91 points - This chardonnay has complex flavours of pineapple, lemon, nuts and honey, with a long, linear, distinctive style. A refreshing wine with a very long, smokey finish.

by John Lewis, Newcastle Herald on

5/5 glasses - I’ve had the pleasure of drinking this wine three times over the past two years and the latest tasting last week convinces me that it holds a place in the top rank of Australian chardonnays. It’s a wine of exceptional balance, delicacy and cellaring “legs”. It is light gold with olive green tints and has scents of mango and vanillin oak. The front palate introduces elegant nectarine flavour and quince jelly, citrus and spice fruit characters integrate with cashew oak on the middle palate. The finish features flinty acid. Vat 47s are made from varying proportions of grapes from Tyrrell’s Short Flat, HVD and the New Vines Cuttings Blocks. The “New” cuttings are sourced off the original HVD vines.

by Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury on

A stunning benchmark chardonnay that chief winemaker Andrew Spinaze rates as one of the best during his tenure at Tyrrell’s. Sheer elegance, lean and clean, pristine citrus, melon and stonefruit, brilliant acidity, subtle oak influence, a crisp finish and a delight to drink.

by Peter Bourne, Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE on

3/3 Stars - Australia’s first modern chardonnay, released more than 40 years ago and considered a benchmark for Australian chardonnay. The balance between fruit, acid and oak hints at the quality of the wine and the vintage. Drinking beautifully to 2018.

by Robert Parker, on

92+ Points

by Mike Frost, Courier Mail on

95 Points - Made from fruit from two blocks, partly fermented in stainless steel before transferred to French oak barriques for fermentation and maturation. There’s melon, citrus and white peach fruit on the nose and palate, with a touch of nutty oak and fine, crisp acid finish.

by Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times on

4.5/5 Stars - While the quest for fine chardonnay drew Australian winemakers ever further south, ultimately to Tasmania, Tyrrell’s stuck to the Hunter. Forty years after first producing the variety, the family makes a range of beautiful Hunter chardonnays, including $13 Old Winery, $20 Moon Mountain, a couple of individual vineyard wines (Belford $35 and HVD $45), and the flagship, Vat 47. The 2009 is probably about as good as Hunter chardonnay can get – a rich, fine, slow-evolving, barrel-fermented style that looks very young at four years.

by Daryl Fisher, National Liquor News on

3/3 Stars - Rich and complex with notes of citrus and grapefruit

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