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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”.

by Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) on

91+ points

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 8 Hunter Shiraz Cabernet

by Gary Walsh - www.winefront.com.au on

93+ Points - This vintage is All Hunter, All Class. The small Cabernet component is the first crop from Robin Drayton’s vineyard – planted with cuttings sourced from Lake’s Folly. For a Tyrrell’s Hunter wine it’s a buxom and comely style – and I like it a lot. Choc-licorice and Montelimar, violet, a seasoning of pepper, blue and black fruit and suggestion of mint. It’s round and plump with plenty of fruit weight, but only really medium bodied. Ripe sweet tannin and plenty of length. Really like this. It’s the most approachable of the current releases, though I’d wait a couple of years before tucking in. The best Vat 8 in a fair while.

by John Lewis - Newcastle Herald on

Here’s a happy marriage of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon that drinks well now and will pay dividends for long-term cellaring. It is bright magenta and has scents of ripe black cherries and caramel. Profound Satsuma plum flavour dominates the front of the palate and fruit elements of blackberry, mint and dark chocolate meld with restrained cedary oak on the middle palate.

by James Halliday on

93 points (Highly Recommended)

by Robert Parker on

91+ points

Vat 47 Hunter Chardonnay

by Gary Walsh on Thu, May 22nd 2014

96 points

Struck match, cashew and almond, lime and peach. Medium bodied, mouth-filling palate, crystal clear limey acidity, power and style, but not heavy. Silky feel. Crisp flinty finish, that’s so pure and long. It’s all here. Best young Vat 47 I can remember.

Fordwich Verdelho

by Robert Parker - eRobertParker.com on

88 Points.

Fordwich Verdelho is an early drinking style wine with aromas of limes, tropical fruit sweetness and a crisp, acid finish. Serve chilled with spicy food.

by Huon Hooke on

This verdelho is a refreshing dry wine with balanced alcohol and a clean, dry palate. The aromas are of straw and lemon and it’s a typical Hunter Valley dry white: good with food and not loaded up with sugar for the mass market.

by Frank Smith on

Fordwich Verdelho is an early drinking style wine with aromas of limes, tropical fruit sweetness and a crisp, acid finish. Serve chilled with spicy food.

Johnno’s Semillon

by Gary Walsh (Wine Front) on Fri, August 2nd 2013

94 points

Clean, vinous, mineral, lemony and pure. Bright and chalky, with lemon/lime tang and a mouth puckering zesty lime finish. Really long. And really limey. So much power held in such a slight frame. Hunter Chablis for sure. There’s a slight sourness which makes it jangle a little as a baby wine, and certainly it’s a wine that demands a lot of time in the cellar. Quality is very high, though you might say it’s somewhat relentless in its pursuit of longevity and style.

by Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) on

93+ points

Ashman’s Brut

by Northern Daily Newspaper on Mon, May 13th 2013

96 points

The colour is a medium yellow and the nose shows full, clean Semillon, lifted citrus and some straw notes. On the palate these flavours are added to with toasty, yeast characters gained in the winemaking process. An excellent celebratory alternative to the mainstream sparklings, particularly for people looking for a drier taste.

Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut

by Huon Hooke on

90 points

Palish light yellow. Good bready yeast autolysis and pinot noir interactions provide a complex bouquet that belies its three years on lees. Full, soft and rich in the mouth with ample flavour and freshness despite not having very apparent acidity, and a clean and relatively dry finish. An impressive result from a region not noted for sparkling wine.

Lost Block Sauvignon Blanc

by Kerry Skinner (Illawarra Mercury) on Mon, December 9th 2013

The label now has six wines including this drink-now sauvignon blanc from the Adelaide Hills that’s tight and bright with tropical and stonefruit flavours, freshly cut grass characters and a crisp, clean finish.

by James Moffatt (Money Magazine) on Tue, December 17th 2013

Lost Block are budget-priced wines from Tyrrell’s that have been sourced from different parts of Australia and New Zealand. This is a fresh, youthful, fruit-driven style that has lively, ripe, tropical flavours, a juicy succulence in the mid palate and a crisp clean finish.

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