Sunday, November 15, 2009


 - Lower Hunter Valley, NSW
 - $20-$33
 - Screwcap
 - 11.0%alc

Tyrrell's produce Australia's most prized collection of semillon. Their range begins with the very affordable Old Winery and Lost Block labels, peaks at the top with the mighty Vat 1, and also incorporates a range of superb single vineyard selections. The introduction of screwcaps across the entire range is only going to improve the standing of these already proud Australian wines.

A distinctly young looking clear/pale straw colour, the 2004 Stevens presents an even perfume representative of both youthful freshness and clean development. Its bright lemon/lime citrus and straw aromas are backed by a flinty edge, with just a hint of honeyed sweetness showing through. Mineral accented and very refreshing, the squeaky palate delivers its lemon and melon flavours with precision and clarity, finishing tight and dry with toasty undertones, pungent rubbery qualities and chalky grapefruit-like acids.

üHaving developed evenly and relatively slowly across the last 5 years, this $25 semillon should be a great buy for your cellar. Thanks to its screwcap I can say that with confidence. Drink to 2018.
93 points

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