2019 Tyrrell's Johnno's Semillon
Part of Tyrrell's Sacred Sites wines, which are made only from vines that are more than 100 years old and on their own roots. Shows all the hallmarks of a classic Hunter semillon. This wine comes from Tyrrell's Johnno’s vineyard, which sits just below the winery and was planted in 1908. Made in a style reminiscent of the Hunter semillons of yesteryear, the fruit was basket pressed, the juice saw minimal clarification and the wine was fermented using natural yeast.
Produced from 106yo vines on the Johnno's Vineyard, with only 250 dozen made. Hand-picked, basket-pressed unclarified juice gives the wine an extra degree of texture and structure, and underwrites its longevity; traditional cut grass and lemongrass flavours are punctuated by zesty acidity on the long, crystal clear palate. A bottle of liquid history, cheap at the price.
James Halliday's Wine Companion
A label refresh for Johnno’s, but nothing too drastic.
Vaguely tropical, lemon and lime, slight sweet herb top note. Sizzles in the mouth, but comes over as less abrasive than many a young Johnno’s. So powerful with a wonderful fine chalky texture and, well, dramatic length of flavour. Tight and tangy, juicy fresh squeezed lime, delicious even as a young wine. Maybe the best of this line to date? Drink 2022 - 2039+
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front