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Find out what your fellow wine lovers are saying about Tyrrell's wines or leave a comment on your favourite wine from our extensive range.

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)

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.

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.

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.

Lost Block Shiraz

by Ray Jordon (West Australian News) on Tue, December 17th 2013

90 Points

A juicy and delicious wine from the Heathcote region. Like the savoury and earthy gravelly characters which pervade the nose and the palate. There is typical firmness through the middle palate which wraps its cuddly arms around the middle core of fruit. Excellent wine for this price.

by Mike Frost on Fri, November 22nd 2013

90 Points

The expanded and new - look Lost Block range offers very good value drinking from several regions. This Heathcote red shows rich dark berry fruit on the nose and medium - bodied palate, with restrained oak and fine tannins. Enjoy with a good steak or gourmet beef sausages over the next year or two.

by Jim McMahon on Mon, March 31st 2014

Deep purple with a pink-crimson hue, with a nose that is not overly expressive but which certainly makes up for this on the palate, which is soft and fruit-driven with savoury spice and blackcurrant with light mulberry and liquorice flavours showing through. Oak is minimal, as are the tannins which are seamlessly integrated. This medium bodied wine finishes dry with a spicy finish.

Lost Block Cabernet Sauvignon

by Glen Baker on Mon, December 9th 2013

92 Points

Lifted nose of darkberry/cassis fruit, with some clove spice. It has a vibrant purple colour with a soft palate texture, showing fresh fruit driven flavours which are balanced by silky tannins. A McLaren Vale Cabernet that is definitely worth its price.

Lost Block Semillon

by John Lewis (Newcastle Herald) on Mon, November 25th 2013

4 1/2 glasses

This Hunter semillon is my pick of the batch. It is green- tinted straw and has scents of lime marmalade and toast. Vibrant lemon flavour zips on to the front of the palate and kiwifruit, spice and mineral characters show on the middle palate. Slatey acid refreshes at the finish.

by Glen Baker (Merimbula News) on Wed, December 18th 2013

92 Points

Tyrrell’s Lost Block flagship, the Lost Block Semillon, was named after a vintage misadventure n 1993, when semillon grapes on a small vineyard block were inadvertently forgotten about at harvest time. After realising the oversight, the ‘lost’ semillon was eventually picked and chief winemaker, Andrew Spinaze, created amore approachable, softer style than the classic aged Hunter semillon’s for which Tyrrell’s is renowned. The tank of juice was duly titled the “Lost Block” and the name stuck.

by Tony Love (Mercury Hobart) on Wed, February 26th 2014

4 stars

One of the typical aromatic qualities of Semillon can be cut hay or field grass-like wafts. And while some fresh picked versions can be almost shocking in their electric acidity, here there’s a temering for easier, earlier drinking and a richer, riper set of flavours. There’s a lift of blossom, lemon zest and mouth-watering minerals to finish.

by Tony Love (Sunday Times Perth) on Mon, March 3rd 2014

4 stars

A richer, riper set of flavours, a lift of blossom, lemon zest and mouth -watering minerals to finish, creating a delicious introduction to the variety.

by James Halliday on Mon, March 10th 2014

90 points

The ‘13 Semillon vintage in the Hunter Valley produced wines with well above average flavour, giving some of the wines - this included - hints of the honeyed lemon cake characters of maturity. Delicious already and for short-term cleaaring. 11.5%.

by Jim McMahon on Mon, March 31st 2014

This wine has a bright green-tinged straw colour. The nose is very fragrant, with a mixture of tropical and herbaceous fruits. The palate is fresh and tangy with herbaceous flavours and passionfruit together with citrus flavours on a dry, crisp acid finish.

Moon Mountain Chardonnay

by Chris Shanahan - Sunday Canberra Times on

A Chateau Shanahan favourite for a couple of decades. Moon Mountain provides sophisticated chardonnay drinking (and medium-term cellarability) at a fair price. Good Hunter fruit is at the heart of the wine. But over the last 40 years, the Tyrrell family and winemaker Andrew Spinaze perfected the art of chardonnay making. Thus that delicious fruit comes in a matrix of aromas, flavours and textures derived from winemaking techniques. Grape solids in the fermentation, maturation on yeast lees (and lees stirring) in new and older French oak barrels all adds to the drinking pleasure.

by Tony Love - Herald Sun on

The Tyrrell’s team call this the “baby brother of Vat 47”, their flagship Hunter chardonnay. This is way more affordable, shows slightly heavier oak influence with glimpses of the winemaking nous that goes into the more elite offering.

by Robert Parker, eRobertParker.com on

88 Points.

by Jim McMahon on Fri, August 16th 2013

A young, vibrant green straw colour gives way to a nose of opulent ripe chardonnay fruit. The palate is nicely textured with good integration of subtle oak, fruit and acidity. Apricots, melon and vanilla take centre stage, while subtle oak adds structure and backbone to this wine. The finish is firm and crisp with a generous mouthfeel.

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