Tyrrells Vat 1 Semillon 2012

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The Vat 1 Semillon comes from two of our best blocks of semillon which have light, sandy, well drained soils of alluvial sandy loam over limestone. Vines were planted on their own roots and dry grown. The oldest vines were planted in 1923. A late spring in 2012 led to cooler conditions throughout November and early December with some rain. This lead up left us with above average crop levels and the top vineyards all went through a long, cool ripening period. The grapes were hand picked. After a relatively cool fermentation, the wine spent minimal time on yeast lees before being bottled early to maintain its freshness. No oak fermentation or maturation. Bottled in early July, 2012. A classic Hunter semillon vintage, the nose is quite restrained with a hint of lime citrus character. A powerful palate that is long and refined with a core of juicy citrus fruit and an acid profile which gives the wine its impeccable length. As usual, a young Vat 1 with great balance that is built for a long life in the cellar. -95 Points James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014