2005 Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Hunter Semillon, 11.2%

Tyrrell's Vat 1 SemillonTasted 19/01/2015 for no other reason that it is now 10 years old and I’m terrified of losing one. Six trophies and 18 gold medals seems like gorging, but it has earned every single one of them. This may be 10 years old but it could have been made yesterday; I have no idea how long this may stay at it’s peak, but I’m certain it is on it’s throne right now.

Colour – light straw, it looks oily as you pour it into the glass.

Nose – captivating and alluring aromas of lemon/lime/honey, white stone fruit; rich and full with a vibrant lemon citrus overlay.

Palate – Rich, viscous, luscious, but the electrifying backbone of acid and citrus keeps it right on the high line. The finish is lemons, limes, honey – and long.

This is a prime example of why Hunter Valley Semillon is one of the great white wines of the world. And there are so many wonderful examples that can be had for $20 to $30 that will be bright and brilliant at youth and will develop in line with this over time. Few however can hope to achieve the richly deserved reputation that this most remarkable wine has earned.

This is one of those rare wines where I feel like I am privileged to be in its presence.

James Halliday in his Wine Companion gave it 97 points and wrote thus:

James Halliday – Published on 11 Aug 2011
Bright, pale green-straw; the wine has the stamp of the ’05 vintage all over it, with lemon citrus fruit in a seamless, unending stream; its balance, line and length are all perfect; eight gold medals, three trophies.

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