Tyrrell's Vat 9 is the flagship Shiraz for Tyrrell's even though the single vineyard wines get all the love.
2017 is one of the finest Hunter Valley red vintages in recent years, only eclipsed by 2014 (2018 and 2019 also looks good too), and its born out in this beautiful Shiraz. Mid weight, but not lacking in flavour, this has beautiful purple red fruit on a generous palate.
For all the upfront beauty, this red really is made for the long haul. Many years may pass and this Shiraz will still be looking good...
Made only from the oldest and best red blocks on the Ashmans property, the 1892 8 Acres, 1968
Contours and 1908 Wienkeller. All are grown in deep volcanic, red clay soils with an average vine age
of 50 years.
The 2017 Shiraz vintage was one of the best in recent memory and has produced wines of the highest quality. Solid rains in winter and spring meant the vines had constant access to water and the warmer weather in the new year meant all of the fruit was in near perfect condition and ripeness when it was harvested.
Hand picked and fermented in open vats. The wine was then matured in new and one year old French oak casks (2700LT) for 15 months prior to bottling in May 2018.
Fresh lifted red fruits on the nose and a hint of savoury spice from the large format oak. The palate is the perfect balance between power and elegance, with subtle oak enhancing the mid palate which is extended by the fine, clean acid structure. A powerful, structured Vat 9 which still retains its medium bodied pedigree similar to the great vintages of the past.
Tyrrell's is an iconic Hunter Valley winery renowned for producing some of Australia’s greatest wines. Tyrrell's was established by English immigrant, Edward Tyrrell in 1858 at the foot of New South Wales’ striking Brokenback Range. Today, Tyrrell's is headed up by 4th generation winemaker, Bruce Tyrrell, with the 5th generation hot on his heels! Tyrrell's produces a broad array of wine varieties and styles, ranging from the inexpensive to the luxurious. They have championed the Semillon variety, with their flagship, of course, being the world-renowned Vat 1. They strive to create wines of individual character, flavour and integrity. Since 1971, Tyrrell’s has been awarded over 5,000 trophies and medals and in 2010 was named “Winery of the Year” in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion. With the fifth generation, Chris, Jane and John, involved in the business, Tyrrell’s will continue to remain family owned with the simple philosophy of producing high quality wine that people love to drink.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
and-picked, open-fermented, matured in new and 1yo 2700l French casks for 15 months. This is opulent and rich, bringing back memories of '59, '61, '65 and ;66 ('65 the standout). The black fruits are wrapped in velvet, the oak and tannins watching on enviously. A wonderful wine with its own part of history.
TONI PATERSON MW - THE REAL REVIEW
This wine has a magnificent aroma; concentrated yet complex. I love the bright, intense raspberry, red plum and red mulberry notes, plus the slight roasted meat nuances, which add depth and interest. It is a pure and focused, medium-bodied wine with careful tailoring. Juicy and vibrant. Love it
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
Purple fruit, violet and vanilla, great perfume and finesse. Medium-bodied, purity and purpose through the mouth, presenting an even flow of flavour from front to back. So much charm. Almost silky and creamy, but the tannin bobs up on the finish and tightens the nuts. Subtle earthiness. What a delight. Polished to perfection.
Wonderfully fresh aromatics such as crushed violets, dragon fruit, elderberries, rosewater and citrus. Medium to full body with fine, beautiful acidity runing through the impressively polished tannins. While the floral flavors dominate, this isn’t short on delicious blue fruits. It finishes long, tangy and chewy. Drink in 2020 and way beyond.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Medium to deep red colour with tinges of purple, the bouquet subtly spicy, smoky, earthy and fruit-driven. Oak is barely noticeable. The wine is medium-bodied and finely-textured, with soft, mild tannins running through the length of the palate. It's a finer, lighter style of shiraz in traditional Hunter style. It will build much more complexity with cellaring.