Hunter Semillon. One of the wine world’s most distinctive wine styles. This is a good one: the single vineyard HVD from Tyrrell’s with six years’ bottle age. Just beginning to hit its stride. The HVD Vineyard was planted by the Hunter Valley Distillery Company, and the oldest vines here were planted in 1908. It was leased to Penfolds in 1933, and they bought it in 1948. Murray Terrell believed it to be one of the finest white wine vineyards in the Hunter, and he bought it in 1982.
Tyrrell’s Wines HVD Single Vineyard Semillon 2010 Hunter Valley, Australia
11% alcohol. Very fine, aromatic nose with subtle toast, citrus pith and lime aromas. The palate has brightness and a lightness, but also delicate toastiness and some wax and lime oil notes. Lovely precision and density. This has lots of ageing potential, but it’s beginning to show some of the toasty development that makes Hunter Semillon so interesting with age. 93/100 (£32 Marks & Spencer; UK agent Fells)