One of the few Australian Chardonnays that is always in need of cellaring. The Vat 47 follows on from the Tyrrell’s red styles – medium bodied with an angular structure that demands time to fully integrate and flesh out.
The 2017 Tyrrell’s Vat 47 is one of the finest to date. Aroma’s are more expressive this year with melon, grapefruit, citrus and guava. There’s plenty of reductive characters too – struck match, spice and baked bread – a trademark of the Vat 47. There is no such thing as an average Vat 47, but the 2017 trumpets it’s character with more power, juiciness and structure than recent years. Citrus, grapefruit, dragonfruit, blood orange, clotted cream and oak spice tease and drip off a formidable structure. So much energy! Great, great Australian Chardonnay. WWC, June 2019
This is right up there with the best recent vintages of Vat 47 for me (2009, 2013). I suspect it will be quite a thing with a few more years in bottle, and I’d suggest that the sweet spot is generally around five to ten years from vintage….. Beautiful. Wait a few years, mind you. 96 Points – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Sourced entirely from the dry grown Short Flat vineyard, whose original Chardonnay vines were planted by Murray Tyrrell in the late 1960’s. All fruit was handpicked and then immediately basket pressed. Matured for 8 months in 20% new French oak barriques with no malolactic fermentation.