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2016 Tyrrell's Old Winery Verdelho

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If anyone can nail the tropical trickery of Verdelho it’s Tyrrell’s, they have worked for a long time with this native Portuguese variety and it tends to thrive in the Hunter region. It shows tropical aromas on the nose with a little honey and spice before a refreshing palate of citrus, and honeyed fruit adding texture. It finishes clean with crisp acid, and recommends itself with Asian cuisine particularly Thai or even Indian.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Pale straw

Nose: Fresh and lively pineapple, with an intense sweet tropical nose with lifted spice aromas

Palate: Rich tropical fruit and honey flavours fill the palate and are complemented by a light crisp lemony finish

Food pairing: Seafood, veal, chicken and spicy Asian dishes, this wine is very compatible with most styles of foods. Serve slightly chilled.

Cellaring: 1-3 Years

Alc/vol: 12.5%

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2016 Tyrrell's Old Winery Verdelho

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Nicely poised fruit, with lime and straw notes; quite fleshy on entry, and then cleans up with lime fruit on the long finish
2010
Australian Wine Companion 2010
90
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A showcase for the kind of bright and lively tropical fruits that make verdelho a go-to wine for many touring the region. Here, there's clean, light and bright melon and mango, passionfruit, tinned peach and citrus. The palate's juicy and even - really smooth, soft and supple.
Now
The Good Wine Guide
91
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Attractive example; some depth to the tropical fruit salad flavours without the detriment of phenolics; good balance and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
Peter Forrestal (2007 Vintage) says
I was in the Hunter Valley for the inaugural Hunter Valley Vignerons Legends Dinner. Half a dozen long time servants of the region were inducted as Hunter Legends and Andrew Spinaze, Tyrrell's' long-serving winemaker (Gourmet Traveller WINE's Winemaker of the Year in 2005) won this year's Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year. Spinner is a great winemaker and a genius with Hunter semillon - and other white varieties. The 2007 vintage was tricky in most parts of the country: notable exceptions are the Hunter, the West and Tassie. This 'Old Winery' Verdelho is a pleasant Hunter Valley quaffer, attractively fruity, soft, round and generously flavoured with a touch of mid-palate fruit sweetness and lively acidity to finish.
Quaff 2008 2007
Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
When you tire of drinking the same varieties every day it’s time to call in something from left-field. Tyrrell’s is one of the most famous estates in the Hunter Valley, and you can confidently reach for any of their cheapies knowing that you are going to get the very same fresh, clean, focussed fruit definition that they infuse into their icon wines way up the price ladder. The lively pineapple husk flavours in this Verdelho make it an ideal foil to all manner of flavours from the East. Fancy a change? This is the place to look.
Taste Food & Wine Guide - 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied; clean, fresh fruit salad varietal flavour; good balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
88
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
86
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2001 Vintage) says
Another example of good, youthful, quite restrained Hunter verdelho. There are some fresh, grassy, crisp characters running through a fairly lean, dry, simple palate. Drink now, very cold, with seafood, or leave for a year or two to pick up some richness and complexity.
Quaff 2002 2001

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