– TYRRELL’S VAT 47 HUNTER CHARDONNAY 2013 –
After a few weeks of visiting Europe, let’s stay a bit closer to home for this Wine Wednesday. Because Australia’s own backyard has some beautiful wines themselves, including the wines from Tyrrell’s.
Cellar Pick of the Week: Tyrrell’s Vat 47 Hunter Chardonnay 2013
Origin: Hunter Valley NSW Australia
Grape varietal: Chardonnay
Established in 1858 by English immigrant Edward Tyrrell, Tyrrell’s Wines is one of Australia’s pre-eminent family owned wine companies with vineyards extending from their historic home in the Hunter Valley NSW to their Heathcote vineyards in Victoria. 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. With the fifth generation, Chris, Jane and John, involved in the business, Tyrrell’s will continue to remain family owned with the simple philosophy of producing high quality wine that people love to drink.
Vat 47 Chardonnay comes entirely from Tyrrell’s Short Flat vineyard, where the original Chardonnay vines were planted by Murray Tyrrell in the late 1960’s. The first Vat 47 wasn’t released till 1971
2013 is considered one of the best vintages in the Hunter Valley since 1965. All of the fruit was hand-picked 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 French oak barriques to complete fermentation and maturation before bottling in October. The nose is delicate, showing some nice florals and white stone fruit with only a hint of oak. The palate is where the power of the Short Flat vineyard comes to the fore, exhibiting an intensity and length not often seen in other Chardonnays. Impeccably balanced between primary fruit characters, some secondary lees components and the fine-grained French oak.