2017 Tyrrell's Belford Semillon

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One of the best of the Single Vineyard Semillons from the Tyrrell family. A cracking vintage in 2017 on full display.

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The Semillon on the Belford vineyard was planted back in 1933 and is one of the finest sites in the northern part of the Hunter for the region's signature grape.

It's a vineyard that has a signature purity and subtlety that presents in its Semillon, almost irrespective of the vagaries of vintage.

Released as a semi-mature wine so you can drink now or cellar for another decade-plus, should you wish to. This is one of the jewels in the Single Site crown from the Tyrrell family and a little piece of Hunter history that has stood the test of time.

97 Points
"The top drawer, with few peers. Belford, a little more reticent and stonier than its Stevens brethren... Taut, linear and of pixelated detail and precision. Wait with bated breath."
- Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

96+ Points
"Belford is a great vineyard, and the wines have a distinct personality... Clarity. Intensity. Sails through the mouth. Classic Belford."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

96 Points
"The immediate drinking qualities are outstanding. A refined and intense Semillon, young for its years."
- Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

The Belford vineyard was planted in 1933. The soil is light and sandy – the consistency of talcum powder – for the top 50 centimetres. It is the northern-most of the Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley vineyards.

The 2017 vintage was one of the best in recent memory and has produced Semillons of the highest quality. Solid rains in winter and spring meant that vines had constant access to water and the warmer weather in the new year meant all of the fruit was in near perfect condition and ripeness when it was harvested. The grapes were handpicked and sorted in the vineyard. Once arriving at the winery the fruit was very lightly crushed and pressed with a small percentage of stalks. After a relatively cool fermentation, the wine spent a minimal time on yeast lees before being bottled early to maintain its freshness. No oak fermentation or maturation.

Intensely lifted citrus notes, this wine has the robust, richer, almost chalky palate that is commonly associated with the Belford vineyard that is balanced by a soft, clean acid profile, giving the wine its great length.

97 Points -
"I need to turn the music down. Take a breath. Strap in for a fidelitous ride across the ebbs and flows of Hunter regality, when I taste this suite of semillon. The top drawer, with few peers. Belford, a little more reticent and stonier than its Stevens brethren. Talc, wet pebbles strewn across a stream, lemongrass and citrus balm. But the texture, the opus. Still in need of time. Taut, linear and of pixelated detail and precision. Wait with bated breath." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

96+ Points -
"Belford is a great vineyard, and the wines have a distinct personality. White peach, lemon, a little talc-like perfume. Powerful and coiled up, but a big mid-palate hit, almost succulent, then onto a roaring finish of superb length, with powdery texture trailing in its wake. Clarity. Intensity. Sails through the mouth. Classic Belford." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

96 Points
"Light, bright yellow hue with an intense lemony/Sunlight Soap aroma, some green-herb nuances in the background, while the taste is light-bodied and crisply cut, delicate and balanced with a medium length finish. The immediate drinking qualities are outstanding. A refined and intense Semillon, young for its years." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

Tyrrell's

Established in 1858, Tyrrell's, an esteemed family-owned winery, holds a prominent place in Australia's viticultural history. Renowned for exemplary Shiraz, Semillon, and Chardonnay releases, the Tyrrell family safeguards the Hunter Valley's finest and oldest vineyards, upholding a legacy of quality winemaking. Chris Tyrrell, continuing the family tradition, ensures Tyrrell's remains a crucial pillar in the realm of Australian wine.

Embedded in the Hunter Valley's fabric, Tyrrell's, guided by founder Edward Tyrrell, pioneered Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, influencing the iconic Semillon style. Notably, their Vat 1 Semillon, Australia's most-awarded white wine, holds almost 5,500 medals and 330 trophies.

While honoring their heritage, the Tyrrells embrace innovation, staying at the forefront of the dynamic Hunter Valley. Fifth-generation winemaker Chris Tyrrell finds humility in working with his forefathers' vineyards. The family's commitment extends to future generations, evidenced by their participation in Australia's First Families of Wine. Guided by Edward Tyrrell's motto, "Nothing is great unless it is good," the Tyrrell legacy persists, passing the business to successive generations, balancing reverence for the past with a forward-looking perspective.

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