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Trout Valley Pinot Noir

by John Lewis (Newcastle Herald) on Mon, March 24th 2014

4 glasses

This 2012 pinot noir has 13.5 per cent alcohol and is ruby red in the glass. The nose has bouquet gami aromas and the front of the palate brings forth spicy cherry flavour. Fruit characters of raspberry, basil and capers meld with toasty oak nuances and the finish shows ferric tannins.

Ra Nui Pinot Gris

by Jim McMahon on Mon, March 17th 2014

The Pinot Gris offers a lovely youthful lemon colour with a green tinge. The nose is very aromatic with cinnamon spice, white pear and wild honey and the palate is nicely textured with layer upon layer of spicy white fruit and citrus flavours. The finish is long and flavoursome with soft acidity.

Brookdale Semillon

by John Lewis on Mon, September 16th 2013

5 Glasses

This won a gold medal in the 2013 class of last year’s Hunter Valley Wine Show, and is of a riper and smoother, more advanced style. It is green-tinted light gold and has honeysuckle scents. Soft citrus flavour features on the front of the palate and spice and lemon curd and toast characters chime in on the mid palate. Flinty acid refreshes at the finish.

by Illawarra Mercury on Mon, December 9th 2013

From its magnificent Vat 1 down to its entry label offerings, there can be no doubt that this iconic Hunter winery is Australia’s finest semillon producer. A drink-now semillon from the HVD vineyard, stylish and exuding vitality with its vibrant acidity, floral notes and bright lemon-and-lime fruit.

by Chris Shanahan on Mon, March 31st 2014

4 Stars

This wine is from Tyrrell’s HVD vineyard, which, says Bruce Tyrrell, “always produces wines that are floral, softer and more approachable than wines from our other vineyards”. The 2013 offers the variety’s distinctive lemongrass-like aroma and crisp, fresh, lemony flavours. It’s light-bodied at 11 per cent alcohol and a very small amount of residual grape sugar (5.4 grams a litre) helps round out the mid palate.

Johnno’s Shiraz

by James Halliday on Mon, September 3rd 2012

96 Points (Outstanding)

Clear, bright crimson-purple; a bright fragrant bouquet leads into a fine, light to medium bodied palate with juicy red fruits and regional expression in the backdrop. From a single 103 year old vineyard; matured in a large 2700L French oak vat.

by Huon Hooke on Fri, March 11th 2011

90 Points

Lightish color; an eccentric style, quite light-bodied and lean, with fine texture and flavour, subtle and understated, light but not skinny or short. This could really surprise with time in the cellar. Nice wine, and a traditional Hunter red.

by Ken Gargett on Sun, April 10th 2011

Dry herbs, morello cherry notes. Some similarity to a quality chianti, A midweight style.

by John Lewis on Tue, May 3rd 2011

Yet another exemplar of top-quality Hunter shiraz fruit, in this case from Johnno’s vineyard, planted in 1908 and named after fifth-generation family member, Bruce and Pauline Tyrrell’s son John. Situated below the winery, it was called Long Flat up until 2002, when Tyrrell’s sold the Long Flat brand. The 2009 Johnno’s Shiraz is a 13 per cent alcohol, Rhone-style red that opens with bright crimson colours and loganberry and potpourri scents. Lifted blackcurrant flavour leaps onto the front of the palate and rhubarb, spice and satsuma plum characters harmonise with
restrained coconutty oak on the middle palate. Flinty tannins glide through at the finish.

Lost Block Chardonnay

by John Lewis on Mon, November 25th 2013

4 Glasses

This latest version is brassy gold, has apricot scents and brings ripe white peach flavour to the front palate. Passionfruit, melon and creamy oak characters combine on the middle palate and the finish brings in flinty acid.

by Huon Hooke on Mon, December 9th 2013

89 Points

Tyrrell’s chardonnays have been continuing to improve in recent years, becoming finer and tighter with less alcohol. Even this $18 label offers great alue. Nutty, lemon and lime -leaf aromas lead into a soft, round, ripe palate with good acidity as well as generous flavour. All this at just 12.5 per cent alcohol. Now to 2016.

by Chris Shanahan on Thu, February 20th 2014

At a modest 12.5 per cent alcohol, the wine delivers chardonnay’s stone fruit and melon varietal flavours on a fine, fresh palate, lifted in texture and flavour by maturation on spent yeast cells.

by James Halliday on Mon, March 10th 2014

90 points

Tyrrell’s has been making chardonnay for longer than anyone else in the Hunter Valley, and even at this price point delivers that bit of extra length and purity of varietal expression, little or no oak evident and ready now.

Brokenback Shiraz

by James Halliday on

..this is a highly spicy and perfumed bouquet, with pepper, redcurrant and cranberry; light-bodied, with zesty acidity and a strong undergrowth bramble element; a fresh and lively young wine, best enjoyed in this manner.

by Gary Walsh on

Pepper, some slight green herbal notes… along with bramble and red fruits and a touch of sulphide/earth complexity. It’s light to medium bodied, fresh and tangy, red fruited, almost crisp….but lively, long and good to drink. Time will not be its enemy. Regional and true.

by Frank Smith (HAG News Perth) on Mon, April 15th 2013

Hunter Heroes Brokenback Shiraz shows aromas of red berry fruits with a very subtle lift of French oak. The palate has sweet fruit balanced by soft acid and tannin, resulting in a classic Hunter Shiraz. An ideal wine to accompany rich roasts of lamb or beef!

by Chris Shanahan on Mon, March 24th 2014

It’s a paradox of the hot Hunter Valley that it makes such idiosyncratic, medium-bodied, elegant reds, reminiscent of wine from a cooler climate. And in 2011, a cool and late season, the wines I’ve tasted to date are outstanding. Tyrrell’s made several shirazes in the vintage, and this, its lowest priced product, delivers huge value for money. It’s sourced from 10–40 year old vines in the vicinity of the Brokenback Range. Maturation in older oak barrels means mellowness, but no discernible oak flavour – allowing pure fruit flavour to sweeten the taut, medium-bodied palate.

Stevens Single Vineyard Shiraz

by John Lewis (Newcastle Herald) on Mon, March 17th 2014

Rating: 5 Glasses

Here’s an archetypal, 13 per cent alcohol Hunter shiraz from the fine 2011 vintage. It is medium-bodied and ruby red, with gamey scents. Spiced blackcurrant flavour zings on to the front of the palate and the middle palate brings forwards Maraschino cherry, peppermint, herb and licorice fruit characters and subtle savoury oak. Dusty tannins feature at the finish. It is made from grapes grown on Neil Stevens’s Old Hillside vineyard, regarded by Tyrrell’s managing direct Bruce Tyrrell as one of the best shiraz sites in the Hunter Valley. DRINK WITH: duck a l’orange
AGEING: 12 years

by Rick Allen (Manly Daily) on Mon, April 7th 2014

This is a single vineyard wine from Tyrrell’s’ Hunter Valley heartland and it sits mid-range in their substantial red wine portfolio. It’s typical Hunter - medium weight, nothing too big, easy drinking but with enough interest on the palate to keep you coming back for more. Ripe, mixed berry fruit holds centre stage and does it with some aplomb. Good drinking.

by Chris Shanahan on Fri, April 11th 2014

4 stars

Stevens Shiraz shows a family resemblance to Vat 9, but in a distinctly brawnier style. It offers the rich, juicy fruit flavours of the good season, with an underlying earthiness and savouriness, backed by solid, but soft, tannins. The grapes come from the Stevens family vineyard in Pokolbin, the traditional heart of the lower Hunter region. Tyrrell’s says the oldest vines on the block were planted in 1867 and “may be the oldest vines still in production in the Hunter Valley”.

Trout Valley Riesling

by John Lewis (Newcastle Herald) on Mon, March 24th 2014

4 1/2 glasses

The Kahurangi Estate has New Zealand’s South Island’s oldest riesling vines, planted in 1974. This 2011 Trout Valley Riesling showcases the quality of the fruit from he 40 year old vines. The wine is light gold with brassy tints and has aromatic ginger blossom scents. Elegant lemony flavour displays on the front of the palate and lime zest, green apple and subtle honey and toast characters combine on the middle palate. Mineral-edged acid holds sway at the finish. It would be great with pan-fried trout with cracked pepper and lemon juice.

Echo Beach Cabernet Merlot

by Mike Frost on Fri, April 26th 2013

The Hunter’s Tyrrell family has headed west to produce this Margaret River red that shows blackcurrant and plum fruit, mint and leafy characters on the nose and palate and a soft tannin finish. It’d go well over the next year of two with grilled lamb cutlets or lamb and rosemary sausages.

by James Halliday Wine Companion on Fri, May 3rd 2013

It might be a long way from Margaret River, but that hasn’t stopped Hunter Valley winery Tyrrell’s from releasing two wines from the west cost in the new Echo Beach range. Fittingly, the wines showcase Margaret River’s vinuous strengths, with a Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and a Cabernet Merlot 2011.

by John Lewis on Thu, April 11th 2013

4 1/2 glasses

The 14 per cent alcohol cabernet sauvignon-merlot blend is brick red with purple tints and has ripe plum aromas. Spicy blackcurrant flavour unfolds on the front of the palate and peppermint, mineral, mulberry and toasty oak character chime in on the middle palate. The finish brings in earthy tannins.

by National Liquor News on Fri, May 3rd 2013

Soft and silky with aromas of blackcurrant, mulberry, mint cassis and spice.

by Tony Keys on Fri, May 24th 2013

It’s the same soft fruity style of construction as the Langhorne Creek shiraz. There is a similarity yet the grape varieties are different and the regions thousands of kilometers apart.

Vat 63 Chardonnay Semillon

by Wine Taste Weekly on Thu, March 20th 2014

95 points

Ignore all preconceptions of this blend that you might have from cheap and nasty renditions, this wine is Vat 47 (80%) tweaked with a little Vat 1 (20%) and ludicrously offered at well under half the price of either. Quite how Tyrrell’s accountants have let this go on since the late sixties is beyond me, but at only 250 cases, Bruce Tyrrell has probably drunk it all himself (it’s his favourite wine in many vintages). This year production has doubled and the price has increased from $23 to $30, so there’s enough to go around. It’s tight, focused and lively, with the texture and white fruits of Vat 47 and the focus, energy, drive and spine of Vat 1. Best price direct.

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