Wednesday, January 6, 2010


- Lower Hunter Valley, NSW
- $40-$59
- Screwcap
- 10.5%alc

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.
94 points


  1. That's a lot less shiny medals than Tyrrell's normally flaunt. Isnt it?

  2. I suppose so, but all the same I'm sure it's show career is far from over....

  3. The problem with the Tyrrells Vat 1 is the wine always runs out before the meal finishes and that is my criteria for a great wine.

  4. I know what you mean Ken. Even worse are those wines that run out before the meal even starts..... ;)