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Tyrrell's - Hunter Heroes Brookdale Semillon 2013


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: New South Wales
  • Wine Area: Hunter Valley
  • Wine Maker: Andrew Spinaze
  • Grape: Semillon
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 12%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2023
Food Matching

Food Matching

One of Australia's most distinctive wines, Hunter Valley Semillon, of which this is a terrific example, is a rich complex treat and can feature at even the most formal dinner parties, though it can also be dressed down. In The Simple Art of Marrying Food and Wine, Malcolm Gluck and Mark Hix recommend Sole Veronique, as this wine can stand up to the Curacao that features in the sauce. It will work well with most white meats, fish and shellfish, and can take spicy and sweet sauces that contain honey and fruit.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2011) JR: 17+ (2011) JS: 91 (2013) JH: 94 (2013) WF: 93 (2013)

Wine tasting notes

The wine shows a classic semillon nose of lemons and limes, whilst on the palate it is impeccably balanced being dominated by citrusy lime characters with a great length of fruit and a soft, approachable acid structure.

Winery Information


English immigrant Edward Tyrrell established Tyrrell's Wines in 1858 in the lee of the Hunter Valley's Brokenback Range, New South Wales. This land has become recognised as home to some of the Hunter Valley regions finest vineyards, and the basis for development of one of Australia?s most successful privately owned wine companies.Today, Tyrrell's are a truly national wine company, premium vineyards extend from their legendary home in the Hunter Valley to other distinguished grape growing.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2011)90 pts

Wine Advocate #198 Dec 2011 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The 2011 Brookdale Semillon gives intense, very precise lemon juice and lime leaf aromas with a hint of chalk dust. The light-bodied palate is dry, fresh, clean and steely with a good, long finish. Approachable now, it should drink best 2013 through 2019+. (2011)17+ pts

Tasted Jan 2012 - Distinctively Hunter Valley. Watery white. Lightly green fruited. Greengages and a touch of lime but one of the most archetypal Australian Semillons for me so far in this tasting. Powerful and intense rather than full bodied but very good acidity and line and length. Refined but so tightly furled. (JH)

James Suckling (2013)91 pts

Plenty of dried apple and pear character with hints of lemon rind. Full body, plenty of fruit and a clean finish. Drink this now and understand semillon from Hunter Valley without paying a fortune. Screw cap.

James Halliday (2013)94 pts

Grown on the sandy flats of Tyrrell's HVD Vineyard; made as an early drinking style, it has already amassed 3 gold and 3 bronze medals. Its fleshy, full serve of citrus and lemongrass flavours, persisting through to the finish and aftertaste mean that patience is not required.

Wine Front (2013)93 pts

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.

Vinification Notes

A single vineyard wine from the Pokolbin Hills Estate vineyard. This vineyard has long been the source of top semillon for the Tyrrell’s winemakers and now has its own label. After a relatively cool fermentation, the wine spent minimal time on yeast lees and was quickly bottled to maintain freshness. No oak fermentation or maturation.