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Tyrrell's Old Winery Chardonnay

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Would it surprise you if we told you that Tyrrell’s were ultimately the ones that pioneered the Chardonnay grape. It was in the early 70s which shows what a relatively short time the grape has had to establish its reputation. The Old Winery range is made in an accessible manner suitable for everyday drinking. It’s got Chardonnay’s signature of stone fruit as well as some well-handled oak before revealing a palate that’s rich in peach and citrus. It finishes crisp and clean with superb length of flavour.

Winemaker's Notes

The grapes for this wine are sourced from the Hunter Valley. After harvesting and pressing, the juice was cool fermented then the wine received some French oak maturation.

Appearance: Straw yellow.

Nose: A medium bodied wine with aromas of stone fruit and subtle vanillin oak.

Palate: The palate is generously flavoured with white peach citrus characters and a clean, crisp finish.

Food: An ideal accompaniment to a wide variety of cuisines such as seafood, vegetarian, chicken and creamy sauce pasta dishes.

Alcohol: 12.3%


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Tyrrell's Old Winery Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
90 Points & Highly Recommended - The varietal fruit is vibrant and clear, with white-flesh stone fruit and citrus to the fore; there is the faintest suggestion of oak that has been carefully kept in check. The best Hunter Valley Chardonnay in its price group.
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014
90
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Has considerable colour development, although it is bright; the varietal fruit is vibrant and clear, with white flesh stone fruit and citrus to the fore; there is the faintest suggestion of oak that has been carefully kept in check. The best Hunter Valley chardonnay in its price group.
2014
James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
83
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
86
Ken Gargett (2004 Vintage) says
Yet another triumph from the winemakers at Tyrrell's. This is modern Aussie chardonnay at its best and at the price it is absolutely everything you could hope for. I have nothing more to say on the subject. It's delicious, tasty, really rather lovely, as good a drink as you'll find anywhere at this.. .look, have you bought a bottle of this yet? What are you waiting for?
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2006 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Interesting wine; Chardonnay peachy richness, Semillon length; old-fashioned but works very well.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
89
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
84
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2002 Vintage) says
Again, the bottle age is evident on this wine, with its really ripe, rich pineappley characters and sweet honeyed aftertaste. Good if you like full-flavoured whites.
Quaff 2004 2003
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; a smooth, clean bouquet with some interesting herbal hints; the palate is lively, fresh and tangy, with good length and mouthfeel.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
86
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Very light green-yellow; scented, slightly chippy oak on the bouquet is followed by a palate with some life and length, though not over-much weight
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
83
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium to full yellow-green; the bouquet is complex, with clever use of oak allied with solid peach and melon fruit. The palate is equally powerful and complex, with lots going on, anchored by the fruit weight.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
88

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