November Wines of the Month: Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 2005, Yalumba Tricentenary Grenache 2012
Tyrrell’s VAT 1 Semillon 2005 (Hunter Valley)
This vintage was my stand out wine amongst stiff competition at Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon vertical, 1998-2017 (reported here). Good news, because Tyrrell’s have issued a 160th anniversary museum release which I’m told is en route to blighty! Fellow fans will know that Vat 1 bottles usually sport a necklace of gold medals. The 2005 is Tyrrell’s most awarded wine ever….It shows a touch of lime blossom on an otherwise mineral, coiled nose and palate, with tight-fisted, squeezing blood from a stone, firm lime. It makes for a very focused, yet spiralling, dynamic (think diamond drill bit) palate with lime rind/zest and a smidge of juice – lovely pith and juice striation. Terrific backbone and minerality to the finish. Outstanding. 11.2% £39.99 at Hailsham Cellars.