Tyrrells Vat 47 Chardonnay 2007 (Hunter Valley, NSW)
$40, Screwcap, 14%
Is this the most cellarable Chardonnay in Australia? Hard to argue with that premise given the style off this release, which is still austere and awkward, even at 3 years of age.
Mid yellow in colour. Freshly sawn logs/sawdust oak and some of that warm year Hunter straw/hay going on. It’s a bit fat on the nose but not on the palate, with raw acidity giving plenty to chew on but nought generosity. Lanolin and peach through the hard and quite oaky finish. Looking very backward, acid driven and angular at present, (from experience) I wouldn’t touch another one of these for at least 3-4 years. Long termer. Best drunk just below room temperature. 16/87+++