Tyrrells Vat 1 Semillon was first produced in 1963 and is made from 100% Semillon grapes sources from Tyrrell’s Short Flat and Johnno’s vineyards. It is widely considered to be Australia’s best Semillon and arguably one of the best in the world. Tyrrells Vat 1 Semillon is a unique and a true expression of Hunter terroir and, according to Jancis Robinson, Semillon is Australia’s “unique gift to the world”.
Tyrrells wines was founded by Edward Tyrrell in 1858 and, since then, it has grown into one of the largest and most prestigious wine companies in Australia. From a base of 60 acres of vines in the Hunter Valley, the estate has grown to 900 acres of premium vineyards in Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale in South Australia and the Heathcote region in Victoria. Today Tyrrells wines is in the hands of 4th generation owner Bruce Tyrrell and family who continue to produce top quality wines and build on the success if their forebears.
As mentioned above the grapes for the Tyrrells Vat 1 Semillon are sourced from Tyrrell’s Short Flat and Johnno’s vineyards. Johnno’s vineyard sits just below the winery itself. These are dry grown vineyards, dating back to 1908, and the vines are on their own roots. The vineyards have light, sandy, well-drained soils (alluvial sandy loam over limestone). All the grapes are hand-harvested in the cool, early morning to ensure the fruit arrives in the best condition at the winery. The fruit is lightly crushed and pressed before a relatively cool fermentation. After fermentation the wine spends a short time on gross lees before the wine is racked into stainless steel vats where it rests for 5 months before being bottled early to maintain its freshness. No oak fermentation or maturation.