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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.

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.

by Alan Hunter on Fri, April 25th 2014

90 points

While this household name makes you think of the Hunter, Tyrrell’s also has a significant vineyard investment in Heathcote. A pure expression of medium-to-full-bodied shiraz fruit unhindered by oak, with ripe, bright red-blue fruits given shape and structure by fine tannins. A balanced, good-value, enjoy-anytime red.

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 Merlot

by Jim McMahon (Food Service Magazine) on Mon, February 17th 2014

Vibrant purple with a lovely pink rim, the nose consists of aromatic blackcurrent and black olive flavours. The palate is soft and fruit-driven with minimal tannins evident. A dry, easy drinking style with a persistent fruit driven finish.

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.

by Jeremy Oliver on Fri, April 18th 2014

A bright, delicious and early-drinking semillon for the warmer months. Refreshing and uncomplicated, it’s fruity and flavoursome with a pleasingly intense bouquet of green melon and fresh lemon that is also faintly floral. Round and generous, it’s smooth and unctuous despite its modest alcoholic strength with long-lasting flavours of citrus and melon wrapped neatly by a bright, vivacious acidity. It’s a snappy new look for this expanded Tyrrell’s Wines brand.

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.

Brookdale Semillon

by Nick Stock - Good Wine Guide 2013 on

93 Points - Bright, fine, juicy nectarine fruit nose here, this has some lovely citrus too, really even and nicely ripened. The palate’s juicy and even, and really lovely acidity works away below gentle, elegant fruit flavour. Lemony acid finish; balanced and ready.

by Anthony Gismondi - Gismondi Today, Canada on Fri, June 28th 2013

91 Points - I’m a big fan of young semillon with its fresh nettle/grass grapefruit green fruit aromas and flavours. In this case the attack is electric with tastes of lime, green fig, grapefruit, mint and quince. The acidity is upper bright and carries the finish begging for food. This will fatten up and turn the corner in two or three years in bottle to become a whole other wine but for the moment it is vibrant and deliciously electric. Super value.

by James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014 on

91 Points & Highly Recommended - One of the first semillons of the vintage to hit the ground, it’s true to the season in its predictably taut and razor-sharp style of firm acid, cut grass, lemon and lime. A zesty lunchtime aperitif, or give it a few years to flesh out.

by Winewise Championships 2013 on

Recommended

Chateau de Sours Rouge

by Ben Canaider, Australian Doctor Magazine on

About 80% merlot and diminishing portions of cabernet sauvignon and franc, here we have an off-piste right bank style, demonstrating how succulent and yet serious merlot can be. Blueberry, blackberry and wonderful blueberry aromas with little oak interference. The ultimate luncheon claret, and approachable now. 

Rufus Stone McLaren Vale Cabernet Malbec

by Kerry Skinner - Illawarra Mercury on

Cabernet and malbec work wonderfully together, especially when it comes from a stellar vintage like this one. Matured in French oak for 16 months this Bordeaux-influenced blend is hearty winter drinking with its layers of black and blueberry fruit, integrated spice, chocolate and supple tannins.

by John Lewis - Newcastle Herald on

4 1/2 / 5 Glasses - Rufus Stone is Tyrrell’s premium brand from beyond its Hunter homeland and this 14 per cent alcohol blend of 77 per cent cabernet sauvignon and 23 per cent malbec has scents of violets and mulberries. The front palate has zesty blackberry flavour, followed up by elements of peppermint, licorice, cloves and cedary oak. Earthy tannins show at the finish

by Jeff Collerson - Daily Telegraph on

Hunter Valley’s Tyrrell’s went to South Australia’s McLaren Vale for this mix of 77 per cent cabernet sauvignon, the rest malbec. Cabernet provides blackcurrant fruit and earthy tannins, malbec and lush plummy characters.

by Huon Hooke - Gourmet Traveller WINE on

92 Points - This must be one of the more enjoyable McLaren Vale cabernets of recent times. Concentrated berry-fruit aromas, blossoming rich and fruit-sweet in the mouth, with density and ample tannins. Wine of symmetry and style.

by John Fordham - Highlife Magazine on

92 Points - Fourteen years ago, the family-owned Hunter Valley winery Tyrrell’s decided it needed to search for other premium regions to source first-rate fruit to power its red wines. They settled in Heathcote in Victoria and McLaren Vale in South Australia. From these areas have come wines under the Rufus Stone label. This 77-23 per cent cabernet sauvignon-malbec blend delivers a magical balance of fruit, the latter providing an exceptional influence of spicy rich flavours to match cabernet sauvignon’s elegance.

by Andrew Stubbs - National Liquor News on

Dark forest fruits with minty notes.

by Tom Lynar on

Well balanced with great fruit characters and integrated oak.

by Senior Lifestyle South Coast on

The McLaren Vale Cabernet Malbec is also shaping up to be one of the best to date thanks to a stellar cabernet vintage…this year the cabernet was a near perfect balance of fruit and tannin, and only 23% malbec was needed to maintain the ‘style’ by introducing rich, black berry and spicy game characters. The McLaren Vale Cabernet Malbec was matured in 40% new French Bordeaux coopered oak for 18 months prior to bottling.  

Trout Valley Sauvignon Blanc

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

4 glasses

The wine is pale straw and has lantana scents. Crisp ruby grapefruit flavours comes through on the front of the palate and gooseberry, lemongrass and herb characters chime in on the middle palate. Slatey acid refreshes at the finish.

Ra Nui Pinot Noir

by Winestate on Fri, April 18th 2014

Medium-bodied style, with cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, showing some savoury complexity, and gentle tannins.

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