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Tyrrell's Johnno Semillon

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Tyrrell's Johnno Semillon

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Pale quartz in colour, the winemaking techniques are a deliberate throwback to yesterday, with basket-pressing, only partial juicy clarification, and Ôtraditional fermentationÕ (not cold) techniques, all contributing to its special texture.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
96
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
The vines were planted in 1908 on sandy flats; the hand-picked grapes were basket-pressed, reducing the volume of juice; and the bottle and label are a throwback to the ’60s and ’70s. It has all the vivid flavour of great young semillon, minerally acidity the turbo-charged energy that will drive the palate for decades to come.
Halliday's Top 100 Aussie Wines 2011 2011
96
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
A different approach to making this batch of treasured semillon from 1904 that's planted on sandy soils. The nose has fresh-cut peach and lemon/lime citrus; some hints of wax too. The palate's elegant yet very concentrated and flavoursome, basket-pressing adds plenty of weight and length, and smooth phenolics drive the finish - crisp apple and nectarine flavour all the way. Brilliant.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
96
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Only Tyrrell's would dare to use an old basket press to de-juice grapes from 102-year-old vines, and ferment slightly cloudy juice; the wine that emerges bursts into song on the finish and aftertaste. 250 dozen made.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This is a basket-pressed semillon, really taking a different stylistic tack to the regional standard. Some quite exotic fruit here: white nectarines, as well as lemon citrus and some almost buttery accents. The palate sits in the same profile, with citrus peel melon rind and a soft, smooth finish.
The Good Wine Guide 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
What next from Tyrrell's? One hundred-year-old (planted 1908) on sandy flats (Johnno's Block), hand-picked, then basket-pressed (the press last used 30 years ago) and bottled in the riesling bottle used until 1989; absolutely bursting with citrus-tinged flavour, and of great length; a 'softer style' says Tyrrell's, and is certainly an each-way drink-now-or-cellar proposition.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
96

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