Monday, 3 June 2013

Tyrrell's Single Vineyard HVD Chardonnay 2012

Coming from what is reputed the oldest Chardonnay vineyard in Australia, planted in 1908, the dry grown fruit is hand picked and hand sorted before being basket pressed. Eight months in one year old French oak finished the job.

Fleshy white peach and creamy oak shone through with some Arnott's Shortbread Cream biscuit type flavours skipping about. There is a a little toasty character hovering around too.

Initially I thought the wine was short and lacked drive. Day two and three allowed it to show its true colours and it certainly found its mojo. Wow!

The delicate fruit is lip smacking good and the texture that developed over those few days was superb. Fruit to oak balance is gorgeous.

A smart wine indeed.

Only 350 dozen made and worth hiding some in the cellar.

Who: Tyrrell's Wines
What: Chardonnay (11.5% alc)
Where: Hunter Valley
When: 2012
How: $45