Sitting atop Tyrrell's well constructed hierarchy of Hunter Valley semillon is the almighty Vat 1. It's a true Australian benchmark, one of this country's classic dry whites, and its impeccable record with cellaring is known throughout the fine wine drinking world.
The 2003 Vat 1 remains a youthful clear-straw colour, unfolding to a cleanly lifted fragrance of toasty melon, lime and lemon fruits marked by flinty mineral edges and a surprising hint of spice. Bell-clear, fresh and zingy, this drought year semillon (handpicked in late January) presents a juicy expression of pristine citrus/melon flavours enveloped by distinctly drier, developing notes of toast and cashew nuts. It finishes savoury, long and dry, with a somewhat prickly, broader influence of zesty acids and spritz.
ü This 7 year old Vat 1 might be nearing the halfway mark of its development, yet it's exceptionally addictive and easy to drink right now, without a single sign of adolescent awkwardness whatsoever (perhaps due to its choice of closure?) Under screwcap it should cellar safely and improve for up to another decade. Drink to 2019.