2022 Tyrrell's Estate Grown Chardonnay

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Delicious fruit-forward estate-grown Chardonnay from one of Australia's great winemaking families.

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Here's one of the best value wines in the Tyrrell's home-grown range. This is Chardonnay from their Estate vineyards in the foothills of the Brokenback Range.

It's built as a more 'stripped-back' version of Hunter Valley Chardonnay, putting bright, juicy fruit at the forefront with oak playing only a supporting role. But the fruit! Oh, the fruit is so good.

It may not be the classic oaky Hunter style but gee this is good to drink and feels like a Hunter Chardonnay built for a younger generation of Chardonnay-lover.

95 points
"While the bouquet is relatively quiet, the palate is amazing. It borders luscious, not common with one-year-old chardonnay. The fruit rainbow has yellow peach at its centre, vibrant citrussy acidity driving the back palate and a lingering finish."
- James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Tyrrell’s Estate vineyards are nestled in the foothills of the Brokenback Range. Each unique parcel produces fine wines that embody the characteristics and true style of the Hunter Valley. 2022 was another exceptional Chardonnay vintage, similar to 2021. This wine is made entirely from our famous HVD vineyard. These dry grown blocks were planted in 1984 and 2003 and together they produce a modern style that has both richness and finesse.

The 2022 vintage, in many ways, was a mirror of 2021. With above average rainfall in the winter months, the vines were set up perfectly for the growing season. Cooler temperatures over the summer period meant that there was no rush to begin harvest and we began about seven to ten days later than normal. All of the fruit was in remarkable condition with intense fruit flavours coupled with high natural acidity. All of the fruit was handpicked before immediately being basket pressed; the juice was then cold settled for two days before being racked to another stainless steel tank to begin fermentation. The fermenting juice was then transferred to tight grain French oak barriques and puncheons (with only a small percentage being new) to complete fermentation and maturation before bottling.

A modern style of Australian Chardonnay, combining powerful chardonnay fruit and bright acidity with minimal oak. Vibrant colour with a green hue, the nose exhibits white stone fruits and grapefruit. A small amount of ‘solids’ complexity exists in the background. The palate shows intense stone fruit characters whilst showing the brightness and energy, which is a result of the cool vintage. These fruit characters are balanced by citrus acidity, subtle oak and lees complexity giving the wine its length and complexity.

95 points - "From dry-grown vines planted in 1984 and 2003 in the HVD vineyard. Basket pressed, extended lees contact, French oak (15% new), 50/50% cultured/wild yeast, fermentation initiated in tank then transferred to barrels. While the bouquet is relatively quiet, the palate is amazing. It borders luscious, not common with one-year-old chardonnay. The fruit rainbow has yellow peach at its centre, vibrant citrussy acidity driving the back palate and a lingering finish." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

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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