Tyrrell's Vat 47 Chardonnay 2021

Tyrrell's Vat 47 Chardonnay 2021

Tyrrell's Vat 47 Chardonnay 2021

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Winemaking and Drinking

The vineyard blocks used for Vat 47 Chardonnay are some of the oldest and most esteemed in the region, including the HVD (Hunter Valley Distillery) vineyard, planted in 1908. These ancient vines, along with meticulous vineyard management and sustainable practices, contribute to the exceptional quality of the grapes.

Winemaking Process

The 2021 vintage benefitted from favorable weather conditions, resulting in healthy and flavorful grapes. After careful handpicking, the Chardonnay grapes underwent whole-bunch pressing to extract the purest juice. Fermentation took place in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels, imparting subtle complexity and structure to the wine. The wine was then matured on its lees for several months, enhancing its texture and adding depth to its flavor profile.

Tasting Notes

The 2021 Tyrrell's Vat 47 Chardonnay showcases a brilliant pale gold color with a hint of green. On the nose, it opens with an enticing bouquet of white peach, nectarine, and citrus blossom, interwoven with subtle notes of brioche, hazelnut, and a delicate flinty minerality. As the wine evolves in the glass, layers of complexity reveal themselves, offering hints of vanilla and creamy oak.

On the palate, the Vat 47 Chardonnay is impeccably balanced, with a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. It delivers a vibrant acidity that provides structure and freshness, harmoniously complemented by flavors of ripe stone fruits, lemon zest, and a touch of toasted almond. The mid-palate is rich and creamy, leading to a long, lingering finish marked by a refined minerality and a hint of spicy oak. This wine exemplifies elegance and finesse, with the potential for further development with age.

Awards and Recognition

The 2021 Tyrrell's Vat 47 Chardonnay has garnered significant acclaim both domestically and internationally. It received a gold medal at the prestigious Hunter Valley Wine Show, where it was praised for its exceptional balance, complexity, and varietal expression. Additionally, it earned high scores from renowned wine critics and publications, including a 96-point rating from James Halliday's Wine Companion, solidifying its status as one of the top Chardonnays from the Hunter Valley.

Internationally, the Vat 47 Chardonnay has been recognized at several wine competitions, including the Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine Challenge, where it secured silver medals. These accolades reflect the global appreciation for Tyrrell's commitment to excellence and their ability to craft world-class wines that embody the unique characteristics of their terroir.

Vineyards and Sustainability

Tyrrell's commitment to sustainability is evident in their vineyard management practices. The vineyards are managed using organic and biodynamic principles, minimizing chemical interventions and promoting biodiversity. This approach not only ensures the health of the vines but also enhances the expression of the terroir in the wines.

The HVD vineyard, a crucial source of fruit for Vat 47, is particularly noted for its low-yielding, old vines that produce grapes of exceptional concentration and character. These vines, with their deep root systems, are resilient to climatic variations, contributing to the consistency and quality of the wine year after year.

Wine TypeWhite wine
StateNew South Wales
RegionHunter Valley
Volume750 mL