Saturday, May 8, 2010

2006 Tyrrell’s Stevens Single Vineyard Semillon – Hunter Valley (Retail)

Hunter Valley Semillon is a national treasure. It’s the one grape variety that we indisputably do better than any other country in the world, and the Hunter Valley is indisputaby the best region in Australia for Semillon. It’s a wine that can sail well beyond 10 years, and sometimes 20 years, and yet most good examples can typically be bought for prices somewhere between $15-$30.

Tyrrell’s are not only one of the oldest wineries in the Hunter valley (est. in 1858), but are also generally considered the finest producers of Hunter Valley Semillon. With all that heritage and pedigree to live up to, the 2006 Stevens Semillon more than holds its own. It’s a superb Semillon.

It’s drinking beautifully now, but has a long, long way to go before reaching its toasty, mature peak. It has a spritzy, almost sherbet like nose of citrus aromas. On the palate it has lovely acidity and minerality, but this is also matched by some scrumptious rich, oily, honey like flavours. It has a long dry finish that interestingly has a hint of nuttiness. Great balance and drinkability, it’s still a fresh, youngish Semillon, though those toasty elements that will dominate in later life are evident. Loved drinking this and will love it even more with age. Under screwcap it’s assured of long life.


RRP: $25
ABV: 10.5%


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