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2018 Tyrrell's Vat 47 Chardonnay

Hunter Valley, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
$79. 99 Bottle
$959.88 Dozen
Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2020-2026)
ABV: 13.5%
Closure: Stelvin

Matured in French oak for 9 months. Brilliant very pale straw colour with greenish tinged edges and a watery hue. White peach and nectarine aromas have a gun flint like overlay with hints of lemon butter, bees wax, oily toast and faint wet steel notes also evident. Rich white peach and nectarine fruits show plenty of flesh across the palate underscored by notions of dried honey, subtlety toasted biscuity oak and infusions of gun flint. Excellent intensity, energy and power. The long aftertaste tinged with elements of toast and flint, taking on an emerging creaminess.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
Alc. 13.5%

Other Reviews….
From the Short Flat Vineyard that produced the grapes for the first Vat 47 in '71. The barrel fermentation protocols have long been set in stone, giving this wine a sense of variety, not of place. It often upstages cool climate chardonnays in wine shows. Drink by 2023.
96 points
James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

It’s only been bottled for a week or two, I believe. The Semillon wines are easier to pick, but such young Chardonnay takes a little bit of bending over the steaming bowl to see the future… All that being said, Vat 47 is pretty much ‘money in the bank’ when it comes to cellaring potential.
It’s a little riper and juicier this year, with fresh cut peach, almond, a wisp of struck match, and judicious spicy oak. Medium-bodied, clean and fruity, with a flinty texture, settled acidity, and tidy length of flavour, ripe lime and vanilla in the mix (as ever), pulling a little toasty and savoury in the aftertaste. It hasn’t really come together as yet, of course, but the potential here is very good. Drink 2021-2032+
94+ points
Gary Walsh – The Wine Front