Semillon * 75cl * 11.5% ABV * Hunter Valley, Australia
This 100% Semillon has the ability to be astonishingly long lived - it goes through a development cycle of being crisp and fresh when young, then it sort of goes to sleep for a bit and then gets really, really good in 10-15 years. But don't worry - the impatient among you who want to drink it now won't be disappointed - it's at a great stage at the moment, with intense flavour (citrus) and toastiness. It'll keep developing though until about 2030 - so do hang onto it if you can.
Famous wine journalist, Matthew Jukes, has this to say about it:
“2010 Vat 1 popped up in last year’s Report and I can tell you that it is about to hand over the reins to the new 2011 vintage. These two vintages are so completely contrasting it is remarkable. 2010 is a relatively comely vintage with discernible juiciness and a forward air. Eleven is a veritable nail-gun through the palate such is its stupendous acidity and rigid structure. It is more typical in this regard, but there is still an awesome amount of depth and richness here, too. It is delivered in such a measured manner that you want to claps your hands in appreciation.”
Vat 1 is only ever made from the premier old vines, in sandy, free-draining soil. The oldest vines date back to 1923. For the 2011 vintage, a late spring led to cooler conditions throughout November and December, with some rain. Above average crop levels ripened well when the warmer weather came in January.
The 2011 Vat 1 Hunter Semillon won Gold in the National Wine Show (Australia) and was reviewed by Will Lyons in The Sunday Times Magazine on 16th July. He said, 'I have long been a fan of Bruce Tyrrell's fresh, racy Semillon. Subtle top notes of lime and citrus combine with lively acidity and it finishes deftly, dry and clean. This wine will improve with age for many years.'