Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley Semillon 2014
A new range for Tyrrell’s comprising a Shiraz, Chardonnay and this Semillon. From what I can gather sits between the single vineyard/Vat wines and Lost Block. Bang on for presentation and style too.
What appeals is how easily drinkable, gentle, approachable yet varietal correct it is. Immediately it carries both the acid driven length of Tyrrell’s Semillon, yet cast a little softer, with more green/yellow apple and lemonade fruit than some of the bone dry Vats (helped along by a perfect ripe vintage). Importantly, there is no sensation that this is a second or third wine, as it just feels naturally right – like a standard AC Chablis.
High on drinkability, yet made without compromise, its a great ad for just how enjoyable Hunter Sem can be. It lacks the wild intensity of the more serious Tyrrell’s Sems, but is unquestionably enjoyable – I finished off a glass or three at a local overpriced Japanese without even trying.
Details: 11.5%, Screwcap, $20
Tasted: March 2015, Sample
Best drinking: 2015-2022
Score: 17.5/20, 91/100
Would I buy it? Yes. Absolutely.
Buy online: Tyrrells website