Tyrrells Vat 1 Semillon 2016


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Hunter Valley, Australia
96 points


Tyrrell's is an iconic Hunter Valley winery renowned for producing some of Australia’s greatest wines. Headed up by fourth-generation family member Bruce Tyrrell, Tyrrell’s is home to some of Australia’s most awarded wines including the iconic Vat 1 Semillon. Since 1971, Tyrrell’s has been awarded over 5,000 trophies and medals and in 2010 was named “Winery of the Year” in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion.

A classic Hunter Valley Semillon showing a tightly structured palate with considerable length and breadth of citrus fruit flavours. First produced in 1963 from Semillon grapes grown on a Short Flat vineyard, Vat 1 is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and then quietly spends a few years ‘resting’ in bottles. Released after 5 years of bottle age, Vat 1 is a classic example of aged Hunter Semillon. Arguably Australia’s finest Semillon, Vat 1 epitomises the benefits of patient bottle aging that transforms this unoaked wine into a masterpiece. Tyrrell’s Vat 1 was first produced in 1963 from Semillon grapes grown on the Short Flat Vineyard across the road from Tyrrell’s historic Pokolbin winery.

Classic young Hunter Semillon breeds steely, reticent wines with little to show but for notes of lemongrass and citrus. They demand at least five years of bottle age to reach adolescence which barely glimpses the potential of buttered toast, glazed quince, and lemon drop accents that come with middle age and beyond.


96 points

There's a wow factor to this wine, the way in which it manages to harness such impressive power and concentration and deliver it in such a smooth, seamless, and tubular shape is a thing to marvel at. Aromas of gently flinty lime and lemon fruits lead to flavours of the same ilk, really astonishingly pure, long, and polished, green apple flavours close it out fresh and bright. Drink now or age, superb.

95 points
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Fresh lime and lemon, a whiff of white peach, subtle white flower perfume. Light and fine, almost a vanilla fragrance in the mouth, the crunch of ripe citrus, a little chalky texture, and then the big ticket item – a superb long finish – replete with latent flavour and power. Vat 1 delivers again.


Screw cap
Serving Temp.
8-9 °C
Cellar until
Now - 2026
Food pairing
Rock oysters, sashimi, or scallops. Ham or Foie Gras.

Tasting Profile

An inviting nose of citrus and a palate that is the perfect mid-point between power and elegance. The signature Vat 1 fruit power is balanced by its delicate yet crisp acid profile, resulting in a seamless wine with a clean finish. Poised to enjoy a long life in the cellar.

Tyrrells Vat 1 Semillon 2016

Tyrrells Vat 1 Semillon 2016

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