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2011 Tyrrell's Stevens Single Vineyard Semillon

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    RRP $35.00 per bottle

    Our Price $32.99

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    $197.94 (6 x 750ml)

    cracka review

    The 2011 Tyrrell's Steven's Single Vineyard Semillon has amassed a whopping 39 medals (14 of which are golds) in the five years it has been out in the world, and it's showing no signs of slowing down. It's sitting right in that glorious place between youth and maturity - still fresh and structured but also honeyed and round, this bad boy is a delicious morsel of flavour for Semillon fans.

    expert reviews

    James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
    Pour a glass of this for the unwary, and half will think it's a cool climate Riesling, the lemon juice acidity suggesting the Eden Valley as one possibility, Porongurup another. It is really hard to spit out, and I console myself thinking it's only 11% alcohol as I sneak a micro-swallow.
    Drink by 2026
    96
    Gary Walsh (2011 Vintage) says
    It has a LOT of gold medals on the bottle. As it stands it’s moving into a good place, softening a bit with just a little bit of toasty richness coming in to the wine. It’s still pretty tangy mind you, and still has some (pleasant) grassiness.
    2018 - 2026+
    92
    Rob Geddes MW (2012 Vintage) says
    Lemon, to red apple, subtle white nectarine fruit poised and slightly riper than the Vat 1 style. The palate is correspondingly softer, plumper and the acid is less linear and intense with appealing red apple to nectarine fruit on the finish. pair with Japanese foods on release and will age.
    Rob Geddes MW
    88
    Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
    The style comes around fairly quickly in two years the flavours and aromas are ready to drink. Waxy slihtly developed in 2013 with citrus to nectarine showing subtle bottle developement with the sparky bright acidity and good length of flavour and acid apple.
    Rob Geddes MW
    90
    Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
    Subtle toasty development here showing the regional style of Hunter semillon. Bottle aged texture as it weaves honey, butter and toast with wax flavours long and rich for the style. A little bit evolved for the classics but still gives its best.
    Rob Geddes MW
    88
    Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
    Very subtle lemon citrus and just starting on its journey. The palate is fresh with lemon citrus and great zingy acidity and just poised like a coiled spring. Very fine long and refined.
    Rob Geddes MW
    94
    Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
    Long and elegant, with real Hunter attitude, this vibrant, faintly chalky and savoury young semillon is beginning to reveal smoky and mineral complexity. Its fresh floral aromas of lime, melon and lemon rind are backed by a light chalkiness, while its palate delivers a pristine core of varietal melon/lemon flavour neatly wrapped in a tangy, citrusy acidity.
    2017-2021+
    The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
    94
    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
    A classic and wonderfully expressive Hunter bouquet, with lemon curd, toast and straw; the palate is very lively, and while at face value this appears forward, the tension on the finish provides length and complexity, pointing to a healthy future.
    To 2020
    Australian Wine Companion 2013
    95
    Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
    A floral bouquet of apricot, peach and melon backed by nuances of lemon rind and tobacco is now beginning to reveal some toasty, waxy development. Underpinned by a fine chalkiness, its juicy, forward palate of stonefruit flavours finishes with a fresh, lively and lemony acidity. It's affected by botrytis, but makes a fresh, lovely early drinking wine.
    2013-2016
    The Australian Wine Annual 2013
    88
    James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
    Light but vivid green-quartz; has an amazingly juicy, citrussy palate and what seems to be a touch of residual sweetness; move over semillon, here comes riesling (which, in bygone years, is what Tyrell's called semillon).
    Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
    94
    Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
    Complex, round and creamy, now developing toasty, waxy complexity, it's scented with a floral bouquet of honeydew melon, grilled nuts and a hint of mineral. Almost opulent for a Hunter semillon, extending down the palate with genuine viscosity and texture, it's typically melon-like and tobaccoey, but also quite funky, meaty and savoury. Just lacks the tightness and focus for an even higher rating.
    The Australian Wine Annual 2012
    92
    James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
    The colour is still pale although bright; the wine is in transition between youth and maturity, but has the best of both worlds, its lemon/citrus fruit still vibrant, the acidity still fresh, yet is just starting to build weight before the first signs of honey and toast appear.
    Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
    94
    Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
    Crisp, dry and elegant. Light-bodied with fresh lime and almost lemongrass, citrus aromas are quite intense with good palate weight and chalky acidity with a long pithy citrus rind finish lasting 30 seconds.
    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    92
    Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
    This esteemed single vineyard shows fresh-cut lime citrus aromas and a very tidy, ripe nose; it smells a little rounder and more glossy than the previous 2004 release, up-front and seductive. The palate has plenty of weight and richness through the middle, carving a smooth sleeve of lemon flavour that runs evenly through the finish.
    The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
    93
    Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
    Crisp, dry and elegant. Light bodied with fresh lime and almost lemon grass, citrus aromas are quite intense with good palate weight and chalky acidity with a long pithy citrus rind finish lasting 30 seconds.
    Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
    92
    James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
    Pale colour, vibrant hue; tightly wound and completely pristine and unevolved, with lemon sherbet and the merest suggestion of straw; the palate is coiled and ungiving, but the potential is palpable, as the flavour lingers with attractive texture for a very long time.
    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    96
    James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
    A complex, slightly tangy bouquet is reflected by the lively, crisp and lingering palate; very different style to HVD, should live longer. A complex, slightly tangy bouquet is reflected by the lively, crisp and lingering palate; very different style to HVD, should live longer.
    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    94
    Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
    Stylish and focused, this Hunter benchmark has a complex perfume of honeydew melon, lime juice, white flowers and toasty, spicy undertones. It's very long, tight and chalky, with pristine youthful lemony flavour that finishes long and focused, with just an immature hint of confection. Cellar with confidence.
    Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
    94
    Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
    Crisp, dry and elegant. Light-bodied with fresh lime and almost lemongrass, citrus aromas are quite intense with good palate weight and chalky acidity with a long pithy citrus rind finish lasting 30 seconds.
    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    96
    James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
    Has startling intensity and depth to the fruit; an ultra-powerful style; some vines planted 1863.
    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    95
    Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
    Long, taut and austere, with a refreshing cut of vibrant acidity that neatly punctuates its rather chalky, lemony and melon-like fruit, this traditional expression of Hunter semillon offers generous, if slightly candied fruit that finishes with typical length and focus. Scented with lemon zest, it reveals a pleasing thread of mineral complexity.
    Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
    93
    Rob Geddes MW (2003 Vintage) says
    Crisp, dry and elegant. Light-bodied with fresh lime and almost lemongrass, citrus aromas are quite intense with good palate weight and chalky acidity with a long pithy citrus rind finish lasting 30 seconds.
    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    90
    James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
    Very pale green-straw; spotlessly clean; super-intense and long, with a great finish.
    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    95
    Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
    Slightly green edged and angular, this developing semillon has honeyed, toasty and buttery bonquet of slightly cooked melon and lemon, with undertones of dried straw and dukka. It's forward and juicy with intense, toasty lemon rind flavours over a hint of sweetcorn. Close to peaking.
    Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
    89
    James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
    Has considerable length and drive; lemon, herb, spice and talc; bone-dry, flinty finish.
    Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
    92
    Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
    Very round and generous despite a mere 10% alcohol by volume, this juicy and buttery wine is just a little cooked and flat. It offers a fragrance of lemon lime, rosemary and honeydew melon fruit developing toasty, buttery marmalade like influences. Its creamy palate is rather unusual, and it looks to be developing quite quickly.
    Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
    87
    James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
    Elegant but intense lemon/acacia aromas lead into a similarly fine, intense and long palate; still with a decade, cork permitting.
    Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
    94
    Jeremy Oliver (1999 Vintage) says
    Dusty and perfumed with scents of juicy citrus and melon, this is a taut and elegant semillon that should improve considerably with time in the bottle. Its juicy palate builds in the mouth, delivering intensely flavoured grassy melon and lemony flavours, before a lingering, chalky finish of citrusy acids. Likely to develop more length with cellaring.
    Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
    93
    James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
    Abundant lemon, herb and citrus aromas; still a very fine palate; long future.
    Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
    93
    James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
    Six gold medals to date for a wine just starting to seriously hit its straps is testament to the quality of the Stevens vineyard. Brilliant colour, and powerful herb and lanolin aromas, herald a wine which is still remarkably fresh, owing in part to its spine of minerally acidity.
    Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
    94
    James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
    Light green-yellow; very tight and youthful, with just a hint of toast starting to build; the palate is tight, lively and lemony, still a baby, braced by excellent, fresh acidity
    Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
    94

    winemaker's notes

    A semi-mature Hunter Semillon with a prominent citrus fruit profile. Bright colour with a youthful green hue. The nose shows only a hint of toasty bottle age development behind its prominent citrus fruit profile. This wine already shows all the characteristics of a semi-mature Hunter Semillon, with its wonderful balance between youth and age. A core of citrus fruit, with the palate just starting to fill out with some bottle age and the acid beginning to soften into what is a seamlessly structured wine.

    Vineyard: The Stevens Semillon was harvested from the Glenoak Vineyard owned by Neil Stevens.

    Soil: This undulating vineyard is situated on a combination of light sand and red clay soils.

    Vintage Conditions: A late spring which led into cooler conditions throughout November and early December with some rain. This lead up left us with above average crop levels which ripened well with the warmer weather in January. Picking began one later than 2010.

    Winemaker's Notes: After a relatively cool fermentation, the wine spent a minimal time on yeast lees before being bottled early to maintain its freshness. No oak fermentation or maturation.

    Tasting Notes: The nose shows fresh citrus and floral characters associated with this vineyard. The palate is dominated by lime characters with a mineral edge showing good length with a soft, approachable acid structure.

    Alc/vol: 11.0%

    Awards: As of June 2017, the 2011 vintage has won 14 gold, 6 silver and 19 bronze medals.