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Vat 47 Hunter Chardonnay

2010 Vat 47 Hunter Chardonnay

A great balanced between fruit acid and oak hints at the quality of the wine and the vintage. The wine has the typical seamless Vat 47 palate with great fruit length and a clean acid finish.

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Hunter Valley, NSW
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Overview & Tasting Notes

A great balanced between fruit acid and oak hints at the quality of the wine and the vintage. The wine has the typical seamless Vat 47 palate with great fruit length and a clean acid finish. 

Entirely hand picked with a proportion also being basket pressed. After cold settling the juice was partially fermented in stianless steel before being transferred into new, one and two year old French oak barriques where it was matured on yeast lees for 6 months prior to blending and bottling.


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Awards & Accolades


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2010 Vat 47 Hunter Chardonnay has won a total of 9 awards.


  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Robert Parker, on

    92+ Points

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Daryl Fisher, National Liquor News on

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

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2009 Tasting Notes (247 KB pdf)

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