2021 Tyrrell's Belford Chardonnay

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Incredibly impressive Single Site Chardonnay with 97 points from James Halliday.

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While the Semillon on the Belford vineyard was planted back in 1933, it wasn't until 1991 that Chardonnay vines were put down on this iconic Hunter Valley vineyard.

Belford the northernmost Chardonnay vineyard that the Tyrrell's family farms, and produces uniquely rich and powerful Chardonnay wines.

Handpicked and meticulously crafted, the fruit is basket pressed, chilled to settle then undergoes fermentation in stainless-steel tanks and matures in French oak barriques for eight months.

It's a beautifully controlled version of modern Hunter Chardonnay.

97 points
"Belford vineyard has a sense of place. It is unlike peers thanks to its multilayered, tangy fruit with a hint of blood orange (both skin and flesh). Outstanding value."
- James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Tyrrell family leases the Belford vineyard. It is our northern-most Chardonnay vineyard and was planted in 1991. Being the vineyard that is furthest away from the Brokenback range, it has the most broken-down soil, with a consistency similar to that of talcum powder. The fruit was handpicked on 3 February and then immediately basket pressed. The juice was then cold settled for two days before fermentation began in stainless-steel tanks. The fermenting juice was then transferred to French oak barriques for eight months’ maturation.

Not unlike the Semillon from Belford, the Chardonnay always shows a dense structure and richer fruit profile. The French oak sits well within the structure of the wine and balances out the primary fruit characters and secondary textural elements in the wine. A great example of modern Hunter Valley Chardonnay with great vibrancy and length.

97 points - "The vineyard is the northernmost of the estate vineyards, planted on light, almost talc-like sandy soils. After basket pressing, fermentation was initiated in tank and completed in French oak (15% new, the used portion largely barriques). Whether semillon or chardonnay, Belford vineyard has a sense of place. It is unlike peers thanks to its multilayered, tangy fruit with a hint of blood orange (both skin and flesh). Outstanding value." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

95 points - "Bright, light yellow with a green tinge; pastry, cashew nut, crème patissière aromas with lemon and honey details: a really seductive bouquet. The wine is tightly focused and intense, precise and moderately long on the palate, with a low-alcohol finesse and delicious harmony. A cracking chardonnay." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

94+ points - "White peach, almond, gentle spice, lemon barley. Light to medium-bodied, fine powdery texture, lovely flow and line, and a little tangy lime and vanilla cream, a firm cut of bright acidity, with a long composed finish. A smattering of green herb in the mix here too. Beautiful wine of charm and style." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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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