Tuesday, 4 February 2014

A pair of top quality bargain white wines from Tyrrell's

Ever since our Hunter Valley wine tour last month, I’ve been on the lookout for Tyrrell’s Wines in the local bottle shops. At the weekend, we had friends over for curry and I was therefore very happy to find a Tyrrell’s 2013 Old Winery Sauvignon Blanc for a snip at $12.99, which was suggested to make “an ideal accompaniment to fresh seafood and spicy Asian dishes”. Ideal, it was!

The Old Winery Sauvignon Blanc exhibits a wonderfully fragrant nose of snow peas, guava and a little passionfruit. With its classic varietal character, this full flavoured and refreshing sauvignon blanc delivers herbal and grassy notes with vibrant, zesty citrus fruit character.

Tonight, we sampled a second one from the range, the 2013 Old Winery Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, “an ideal accompaniment to a wide variety of cuisines such as seafood, vegetarian, chicken and creamy pasta dishes” - it paired very nicely with our pasta carbonara.

Citrus semillon fruit characters and lifted herbaceous sauvignon blanc overtones combine perfectly to produce this zesty wine style with a fresh and lively finish.

If cheap (but delicious) whites are not your thing, I can also thoroughly recommend the 2011 Stevens Single Vineyard Shiraz.

Medium to full bodied with a lively, intense purple colour. Black cherry, rapsberry and fresh, spicy flavours dominate the palate with a vibrant, fresh acidity that make the wine a wonderful example of the modern, balanced style of Hunter Valley shiraz.

You have to go to the winery in Hunter Valley to get it (and it’s a tad more than $13) but it’s worth the trip!

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