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Tyrrell's Lost Block Semillon

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Apparently there’s a story behind the Lost Block, that one of the Semillon vineyards had one block of fruit left that got forgotten, so it developed and got riper. Tyrrell’s loved the style as it was fuller and richer so decided to keep it. We are glad they did as it’s a little different to the regional style yet the wine still does not miss out on its vital Semillon character. It has a lemon/lime core but it’s clean and soft on the palate ensuring it drinks brilliantly in its youth on its own or with seafood.

Winemaker's Notes

A softer, more approachable Hunter Valley Semillon. It is a un-oaked style that exhibits aromas of limes and refreshing citrus flavours. The floral nose leads into a palate that is seamlessly balanced between soft Semillon fruit characters and a clean, light finish.

The concentrated yet refreshing flavours of this wine make it perfect as a pre-dinner match for hors d’oeuvres or as an accompaniment to salads, seafood and poultry dishes. Drinking well now, this wine has the capacity to age well in the medium term.

The Lost Block range was named following the 1993 vintage when it was mistakenly allowed to ripen for a longer period than usual. You could say we literally lost the block! Over the years, a number of wines have joined the Lost Block label, all deliberately crafted in the same soft and approachable style that has made Lost Block Semillon such a success. Lost Block wines are deliberately made to be fruit-laden, fresh, vibrant and easy to drink.

Sourced from some of our distinguished Hunter Valley vineyards on and around the winery, this Semillon was machine harvested in the coldest part of the evening before being fermented in stainless steel tanks at a relatively cool temperature. Post fermentation, the wine spent a small amount of time on yeast lees to give the palate some extra complexity and texture before being filtered and prepared for bottling. Alc 11.5%.

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Tyrrell's Lost Block Semillon

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Lightly grass and herbal, with lively aromas of gooseberries, melon and citrusy fruit, this vivacious young semillon has a juicy, rather intensely flavoured but quite dainty palate that delivers lingering notes of fresh berries and tropical fruits, finishing with a crisp, tangy acidity.
2014-2017
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
88
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
A bright and ripe 2011 that shows plenty of the ripe nectarine fruits of the vintage, and some peach too - really fresh and lively. The palate's fine and crisp, showing plenty of lime and lemon flavour - very even and balanced. Crisp finish. Great value.
Now
The Good Wine Guide
91
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Lightly herbal, dusty aromas of melon and a hint of lemon rind precede a juicy, gentle but brightly lit palate whose tangy melon and lemony flavours overlie a fine chalkiness, finishing with length, focus and a refreshing, crunchy cut of lemony acids.
2013-2016+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
91
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
88
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Clean and lively, this lightly herbal semillon delivers a fresh, tobaccoey bouquet of bright gooseberries and melon. It's moderately intense and juicy, with a tangy palate of citrusy fruit, a slightly chalkiness and very faint sweetness balanced by a bright acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
89
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Lost Block is now simply a brand sourced from a number of Hunter Valley vineyards, not the block that escaped picking until late in the season many years ago. Fresh and lively, it has bright citrus lemon fruit; no particular need of cellaring, but will gain complexity in bottle.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
One of the best bargain Sems on the market, this wine clearly learns from the large family of Tyrrell's Semillons above it. It's clean, lively and ultra-light with green apple and fresh lemon fruit, making it perfectly suited as an entrée or aperitif wine or a partner for lazy summer lunches.
92
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Has the extra degree of fruit flavour typical of '07, but without sacrificing finesse; fine, long, lemony fruit, then crisp acidity. Great bargain.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Typically for young semillon with only the slightest touch of colour; very precise lemon and cut grass aromas and flavours run through to a lingering, fruit-driven, but dry finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Fragrant lemon blossom aromas; has great balance and, above all, length; delicacy, but with abundant flavour. A bargain.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A lively and vibrant young semillon whose dusty, powdery and lightly herbal aromas of melon and lemon reveal a hint of tobacco. Its tangy and lightly tropical palate delivers plenty of juicy flavour with almost a hint of effervescence. It finishes long and clean, with lingering citrus flavours.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Clean, crisp lemon rind flavours on the lively palate; distracting levels of spritz.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
87
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Lightly mineral, this grassy and fragrant semillon has a floral aroma of melon, mango, citrus oil and undertones of green olives. Long, lean and lemony, its restrained and lightly sculpted palate delivers citrus and melon flavour punctuated by taut and refreshing acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
87
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
An attractive, vibrant and zesty semillon whose restrained dusty aromas of melon and lemon reveal lightly grassy nuances. Fresh and forward, its chalky bathpowder-like palate of lemon, melon and apple flavour finishes with length and lively acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
88
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
A clean, crisp bouquet with perfectly focused sweet citrus fruit on the palate; good balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
92
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; for such a young wine, a complex and quite rich mix of herb and lightly browned toast. Long, intense lemon and herb flavours have subliminal fruit sweetness on the palate, but a bone dry finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
94
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; the bouquet has that extra level of intensity yet hard-to-define fruit; you know what will develop with age, but right now you can't pinpoint the characters. The palate doesn't disappoint, with lively sweet lemon, grass and a subliminal touch of honey
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
88
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; honey characters are starting to appear matched by light citrus and toast on the bouquet. A lively mix of honey and crisp, grassy semillon provides mid- palate sweetness; good length and finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
91

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