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2016 Belford Semillon


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The Belford vineyard was planted in 1933. The soil is light and sandy – the consistency of talcum powder – for the top 50 centimetres. It is the northern-most of the Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley vineyards. The 2016 growing season was one that started with great promise with our wettest winter in nearly a decade. Perfect conditions for budburst and flowering were followed by an unsettled summer consisting of hot days and wild storms. Luckily, these weather patterns calmed down into one of the driest February’s on record. Handpicked in the early hours of the morning, the fruit was lightly crushed and pressed, before a relatively cool fermentation. Then the wine spent minimal time on yeast lees before being bottled early to maintain its freshness. No oak fermentation or maturation.

An incredibly vibrant nose that leaps out of the glass, which is followed by a palate that is fuller, richer, almost honeyed. These characters are balanced by a soft, clean acid profile that gives the wine its great length.

Alcohol – 11.5%
Cellaring – 5+ years


95 Points | Ned Goodwin MW, Wine Companion

"A dry-grown planting dating from 1933 across light sandy soils. Belford boasts the most fruit intensity of Tyrell's 3 single-vineyard semillions. The strongest immediate impact of the triumvirate. Talc, barley sugar and chalky riffs lead, with pink grapefruit and lemon balm. A linger of tonic, lemon myrtle and orange verbena. Extremely long and slaking already, with the confluence of fruit and structural components still elemental. Pulls the saliva from the back of the mouth. A little more time needed to really gel. Superb wine in the making."

95 Points | Aaron Brasher, The Real Review

"Fresh and youthful in the glass. Aromas of citrus blossom, nettle, lemon curd, wet stone and lemon pith. Powerful on the palate, there's a real drive of lemon and sherbet goodness, talc, grapefruit pith, mineral and green melon. Juicy acidity and a touch of phenolic grip provide cut and definition."

94+ Points | Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

"Belford is looking really good in 2016. Lemon and lime with a gentle talc perfume and a dusting of the same lending a subtle powdery texture. It’s such a young wine, but there’s a pleasing roundness and fleshy quality to the mid-palate that sets this wine apart from the other single vineyard offerings. It’s distinctive and convincing. Length is terrific, and it has plenty of zest and crunch on offer too. I’m picking this as the one to watch."

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