The Stevens family’s ‘Glen Oak’ vineyard is the southern-most of our Semillon vineyards and features a combination of light sand and red clay soils. The vineyard is dry grown with the earliest plantings being 1911. The 2016 growing season was one that started with great promise, following 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 Februarys on record. Harvested in the early hours of the morning, the fruit was lightly crushed and pressed before a relatively cool fermentation. The wine then spent minimal time on yeast lees before being bottled early to maintain its freshness. No oak fermentation or maturation.
Vibrant green colour with a hint of age showing. The wine is rich and complex with citrus, marmalade, cheesy characters. Very European in its complexity and rich character. Drinking well at 6 years of age.
Alcohol – 10.5%
Cellaring – 5+ years
"Crisp and zesty style, kind of skittish and certainly energetic. Falls more towards the lime flavour spectrum more than lemon, and has some slight grassy notes, but they add interest rather than detract. Finish is neat and tangy. Tasted over two days, and it looks better today than it did yesterday, which is always encouraging."
"The only one of these single-vineyard expressions to be machine harvested. Still dry grown. Still an exemplary site, sand and red clay. The broader of the 3 Tyrrell's single-vineyard Semillons, with a more verdant nose of nettle and greengage, melding with lemon zest, camphor and bath salts. The flavours ease their way across the palate, the stream of filigreed acidity drawing a long arc. My assistant Emi and I both liked this for its immediacy. Delicious from the first sip, albeit, lacking the drive and depth of its siblings. The best of the 3 to breach early."
"Some more generous lemon and light stone fruits on the nose here, this has a lot to offer, with a rich nectarine, lemon and lime nose and palate, slippery, gently fleshy and very nicely wrapped into the finish. Drink now or age mid-term."