Tyrrells HVD Semillon 2017


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Hunter Valley, Australia
95 points


Nestled between two arid creek beds, the HVD (Hunter Valley Distillery) vineyard boasts the perfect terroir for Semillon: free-draining sandy soils layered over coarse river sand. These dry-farmed vines, originally planted in 1908, have thrived in this exceptional environment.

The 2017 growing season stands out as one of the most remarkable in recent memory, yielding wines of unparalleled quality. A bountiful supply of rain during the winter and spring months ensured the vines enjoyed a consistent water source. As the New Year ushered in warmer weather, the fruit achieved impeccable ripeness and condition prior to harvesting. The grapes, carefully handpicked in the early hours of the morning, underwent gentle crushing and pressing, followed by a relatively cool fermentation process. Subsequently, the wine spent minimal time on yeast lees, preserving its innate freshness. It's worth noting that no oak fermentation or maturation was employed.

The resulting HVD Semillon is a textbook example, exuding a heightened, generous floral aroma while beginning to exhibit subtle hints of bottle-age complexity. The palate bursts with vibrant, mouthwatering citrus notes, a true reflection of the vineyard's character, all complemented by a finely-tuned acidity that culminates in an almost chalky, crisp finish.

Winemaker’s Notes

Handpicked in the early hours of the morning, the fruit was lightly crushed and pressed before a relatively cool fermentation. Then the wine spent minimal time on yeast lees before being bottled early to maintain its freshness. No oak fermentation or maturation.


95 points
Gary Walsh

From 1904 plantings. What a resource to have. I have a bit of a thing for HVD, when it comes to the Tyrrell’s portfolio of Sems. Rocks and a little sulphur, tangy lemon/lime, chalky feel to the texture, impressive immediately, though it feels a little raw as a young wine. Huge length on the flinty finish, with a gin & tonic with a slice of lime aftertaste. This is the dark horse of the 2017 releases, and coming back to the wine a day later, it’s clearly more cohesive and settled. Watch this baby fly over the next decade or two."

95 points
Erin Larkin

The HVD (Hunter Valley Distilling) Vineyard was planted in 1908, and the fruit for this 2017 HVD Semillon was sourced from the Sign Post block within it. The 2017 vintage was an exceptional season for Semillon in the Hunter, and the nose here leads with sun-drenched honeysuckle, green apple skins, caper brine and crushed shells. In the mouth, the wine is gentle swaying on the brink of evolution; it's still so tight and glassy, but it's starting to hint at the enveloping texture and complexity that will develop over the next couple of years. A marvel. Highly recommended.

95 points
Huon Hooke

Light-ish bright yellow hue with a most attractive bouquet of singed lemon, dried herb, dried floral and gently resiny aromas and flavours, the balance is dry and delicate yet intense and the finish lingering. Spring-water lightness and medium-long carry. A very fine wine.


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Serving Temp.
8-12 °C
Cellar until
Food pairing
Semillon pairs well with a variety of foods, but it particularly shines when served alongside seafood dishes like grilled shrimp or oysters, as well as with poultry, salads, and light, fresh cheeses.

Tasting Profile

Textbook HVD Semillon showing a lifted, generous floral aromatic and just beginning to show a hint of bottle age complexity.
The palate is vibrant with an abundance of mouth-filling citrus fruit, typical of the vineyard, with a fine-boned acidity and an almost chalky finish.

Tyrrells HVD Semillon 2017

Tyrrells HVD Semillon 2017

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