2009 Tyrrell's Vat 1 Hunter Semillon - Landmark Release
This year the Long Flat vineyard (now known as Johnno’s) was bottled separately, so this is Short Flat vineyard only (or mainly). Its quality is palpable.
Round and rich, yet remarkably focussed and minerally. It’s veering towards white peach along with squashy lemon and lime. The significant feature of this wine, however, is its ability to combine restraint with a multi-layered mouthfilling richness. The length and balance is impeccable with a very dry lemon rind and spice finish. You can drink this now with pleasure, although obviously the best is yet to come. I reckon it’s the best Vat 1 since the 2006, since the 1999, since the 1994. The pedigree on offer at this price point is almost laughable. 2009 - 2029
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front (October 2009)
Still pale quartz-green; an exceptionally youthful 5-year-old wine, even by the standards of semillon; cut grass, herb, lemongrass and a strong minerally thrust drive the long palate. The end-point of its development is anyone's guess. Drink by 2039.
James Halliday's Wine Companion (February 2014)
Topping Tyrrell’s list of Semillons (and some would argue their portfolio) the 2009 Vat 1 Semillon already possesses an intensely scented nose of lime juice and lime leaf with coriander seed, dill and crushed stone nuances. Quite a bit of white pepper and mineral character coming through on the palate and lots of mouth-wateringly citrusy fruit. Crisp. Very long. Drink 2015 to 2030.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (April 2010)
The pedigree here is unmistakable. This offers up pristine aged semillon characters of lemon, barley and some gentle lanolin; very fine aromas. This wine has been engineered to perform as an aged release from the outset. The palate has a smooth, supple and very gently creamy entry, with hints at honey flavor, before straightening out and drawing pithy lemon citrus flavor in a long, smooth and perfectly balanced line. From an outstanding vintage and a blend of grapes sourced from the Short Flat and De Beyer's vineyards with vines dating back to 1923. Drink now.
JamesSuckling.com (February 2015)