2021 Tyrrell's Sacred Sites HVD Chardonnay

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Delicate and refined Hunter Valley white, made from the oldest producing Chardonnay vines on the planet.

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This Chardonnay is sourced from the HVD Vineyard, originally planted in 1908. These are the oldest surviving Chardonnay vines in Australia and - given that Australia largely dodged phylloxera - the world. If this were French, the price would skyrocket for its historical significance.

It's a treat, then, that this is a wine which doesn't rely on the weight of history but on objective quality. For fans of Tyrrells, this is lighter and finer than the more famous Vat 47, with maturation in older French oak to showcase fruit quality and the unique character of the vineyard. There is such clarity here, with fresh citrus and apples, combined with a lick of cleansing acid, oaky complexity and a long, refined finish.

It's ironic, really. 'Hunter River Burgundy' used to refer to reds, but this is easily the most Burgundian thing from the region. It's all too easy to fall in love here.

The Old Vines Chardonnay block on HVD was planted in 1908 and is believed to be the oldest producing Chardonnay vineyard in the world. This vineyard is situated between two dry creek beds and features free-draining, sandy soils over coarse river sand.

Fruit was immediately basket pressed after picking, before cold settling and fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The fermenting juice was then transferred to French oak for 8 months maturation. There is a softness and openness to the wine that shows the vineyard as much as the variety. The palate has an abundance of primary fruit flavours and secondary flavours derived from minimal solids ferment and extended lees contact, resulting in texture and mouthfeel.

Region: Hunter Valley, NSW
Blend: Chardonnay (100%)
ABV: 12.50%
Closure: 750ml
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95 Points - A subtle fern-like top note, lime, white peach with subtle vanilla and spice. Fine-boned, firm acidity, so well-etched and precise, some vanilla and almond, and maybe green olive, a lime juiciness and flintiness on a long finish. Discreet, yet powerful. So excellent.' Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


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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