Sunday, 28 April 2013

Tyrrell's Wines Vat 47 Chardonnay 2009

This is Tyrrell's flagship Chardonnay and what a flag it is to fly. Whoa!!

Fresh, vibrant, stunning! Three days after being open there was no need to adjust my initial thoughts from a few days prior.

Hand picked, hand sorted and basket pressed, the wine spent six months in a combination of new, one and two year old French oak barriques.

Aromas are light. Some sweet biscuit and homemade lemonade developed into more varietal traits as the days rolled on.

Beautifully balanced, flavours coat the mouth with a delicate texture delivering plenty of interest. Touches of citrus and soft spice dance around. No malo here just natural acid which is bang on target. A striking feature is the oak didn't play its hand until day three. Prior to that the fruit was clearly king. Bumping in as it did really engaged my thoughts on how well this wine will age over the next decade.

Stunning! Sure, the $69 price tag may be a bridge too far for Chardonnay fans, but once you cross this bridge, there may be no turning back.

Who: Tyrrell's Wines
What: Chardonnay (13.4% alc)
Where: Hunter Valley
When: 2009
How: $69