'The bouquet reveals a superbly mellow middle-aged Semillon with straw, hay and toasty aromas, the palate crisp and dry, savoury and intense with great length and perfect balance. At 11 years, it’s still fresh and refined, a great example of semi-mature Hunter Semillon.' - 99 Points. Huon Hooke
'Geez, this looks good. Scents of lanolin, honey on toast, lemon curd, faint crumbled honeycomb. Very evocative of the region and older wines of semillon. Supple-fine texture, softer than expected but with bright, tangy acidity underlying, the ‘right amount’ of toast creeping in, limey freshness in there, incredible length, sense of purity, finesse. Superb wine.' - 96 points. Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
The fruit for the 2009 Vat 1 Semillon was predominately sourced from our best old blocks on our Short Flat vineyard, with the oldest vines on this site dating back to 1923. These vines are dry grown in ancient sandy loam soil, adjacent to old creek beds.
Great soil moisture from the previous growing season meant that all of the vineyards saw their best season in years. Kind weather over Christmas ensured even ripening and flavour development in the bunches.
All the fruit was hand picked in the early hours of the morning when the temperature is coolest. All fruit was lightly pressed before a relatively cool fermentation. After which, the wine spent a minimal time on yeast lees before bottling early to maintain its freshness. No oak fermentation or maturation.
The appearance of the wine immediately belies its age; bright and glossy with vibrant, green hues. The nose is incredibly complex; lemon curd, candle wax, buttered toast; freshened with a hint of lemon zest. Showing classic aged Hunter Semillon characters, with a palate weight and intensity only seen in the best of the best vintages. Complex, seamless layers with a powerful citrus drive, and persistence of flavour. The perfect balance of youthfulness and bottle age.
- notes from Tyrrell's Wines
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