They copped eight inches of rain in 2013, near the end of the growing season. Tyrrells waited, aside from Steven which came in early – and where the jury is still out on overall quality; they will see how it looks after time in bottle before making the decision to release. Anyway, Chris Tyrrell says the vineyards shrugged off rain and looked great when the sun came out again – much like the arses of those who held their nerve. Brookdale is their more approachable, affordable offering, that’s still made in a fairly serious style. Grapes come from the HVD vineyard, not the old 1902 vines, but from those planted in the 80s – often called ‘The Lost Block’. There’s 5g/L residual sugar in this wine, and for those who remember the amazing 1995 HVD , well that was a positively juicy 7g/L.
Aromatic with some banana and floral top notes over lime fruit. Bright balanced acidity, juicy fruit, clean lines and a high level of tastiness. Unusually for a young Hunter Semillon, a pretty difficult wine for me to spit out. Cop that Kiwi SB.