Thursday, 19 July 2018

Tyrrell's Wines Vat 63 Chardonnay Semillon 2017


I was talking to a wine rep (not related to Tyrrell's) about wine varieties making waves. Talk shifted to blends and he made the point, "No one drinks white blends anymore. Why waste your time with stuff like Chardonnay Semillon blends?" Funny how things unfold - this came across my table not too long after that conversation. He will be reading this and perhaps this is a good place for him and others to restart their relationship with Chardonnay Semillon blends.

As per the website: This year’s blend is made up of HVD, DeBeyers and Pokolbin Hills Estate Vineyards and is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Semillon. Both parcels were fermented separately and blended prior to bottling. The Chardonnay spent nine months in old oak while the Semillon only saw stainless steel.

Fans of Chardonnay and Semillon will be right at home. 2017 has all the hallmarks of a great Hunter vintage and this is a wine expressing the two white varieties it does best.

Straight out of the bottle scents of green melon and green banana before it settled into a neat groove. Lemon zest and white fleshed nectarine lap at your feet with a soft caress. On the lighter side of medium bodied, its clean with a purity about the way it walks. Fresh citrus juice rolls through effortlessly. Acid is well shaped adding another dimension. Some grip in the mouth ensures a long finish to consider your next move. A beautiful drink and one which I found evolved with more time in the glass.

No one drinks blends anymore, eh? This will change that theory damn quick.

Drink now to eight years.

93/100

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $55
Source: Sample

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