And so it is, just like you said it would be … A semillon from the Hunter Valley that is very good indeed. Tyrrell’s Stevens Vineyard is a single vineyard wine, and serves to remind that I drink too little Hunter Valley semillon, a unique and underrated low alcohol style of wine that happens to age too. Too few wines of the Hunter Valley seem to make it much further south than Sydney.
What then of the wine? It had a medium to pronounced intensity aroma of lemon pith interlaced with an attractive smokey character. Gun flint. The palate though etched the wine in memory, with its medium to long length, lemon pith flavours, and firm acidity. Excellent drinking with a generosity on the palate that will appeal. 88 points
Price: sub $30
Tasted: December 2011