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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.

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.

Ra Nui Sauvignon Blanc

by Illawarra Mercury on Mon, March 10th 2014

From the Wairau Valley in New Zealand’s famous Marlborough wine district. Distributed in Australia by Hunter Valley producer Tyrrell’s, it’s a stylish savvy, dry and restrained with a small portion matured in French oak, citrus and tropical fruit flavours, herbal characters and zippy acidity.

by Jim McMahon on Mon, March 17th 2014

This wine is typical of what the region does best. It offers a youthful green/pale straw colour. The palate offers mouth-watering passionfruit with grassy herbaceous overtones which cut right through. The crisp acidity on the finish is dry and intense.

by Jane Thompson (Taste Magazine) on Fri, April 11th 2014

This fruit-driven white pairs with creamy white chocolate like passionfruit and pavlova.

by Winestate on Fri, April 18th 2014

Fresh, citrusy and limey, with mouth-filling body, tight acidity and a dry, lingering finish.

Lunatiq Heathcote Shiraz

by Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE on

An exceptional wine sourced from the oldest and most reliable vines growing in highly prized red Cambrian soil within Tyrrell’s Heathcote vineyard. Dark red in colour, Lunatiq Shiraz shows dark and brooding aromas with hints of chocolate and plum lifted by cinnamon spiced French oak. All the dark fruit flavours are framed on the palate by rich, layered fruit tannins, tight powdery fine-grained oak and the classic mineral texture you get from great Heathcote wines. This wine is starting to hit its straps now and it will also reward with careful cellaring.

by West Australian on

92 Points
Captures the style of Heathcote perfectly. Tyrrell’s is making some terrific wines from its investment in this Victorian region. The name has something to do with the lunar phases, but I won’t try to interpret it. Grainy and precisely elegant shiraz with minerally gravelly characters emerging through the palate. Beautifully balanced and presented wine.

by James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014 on

95 Points & Outstanding

Very attractive, gently spiced red and black fruits immediately spring from the bouquet, then lead the energetic and highly focused medium-bodied palate with great fruit purity; the tannins are fine, the finish very long. Drinking well to 2030.

by Tyson Stelzer on Mon, March 24th 2014

95 points

Classic Heathcote shiraz, in the most elegant guise. Tyrrell’s vineyard is now twenty years old, and in 2012 it put forth lovely purity and focus of black plum and blackberry fruit. Refined tannins, vibrant acid focus and supportive dark chocolate French oak (30% new) unite to build finely textured structure, seamless line and lingering persistence.

Stevens Single Vineyard Semillon

by Gary Walsh, The Wine Front on Mon, October 15th 2012

Hunter Valley Semillon - you either get it or your don’t so I’m pretty happy just to preach to the converted. It’s the delicate one with subdued nose. Light, fine boned and ultra tight with squeezed lime, a slight grassiness and a well scrubbed fresh faced sort of cleanliness.It’s the classic restrained line and length style of Semillon, youthful and vigorous yet curiously approachable as a young wine. There’s no doubt that it will age particularly gracefully mind you, and that its best years are a long way ahead of it. A classic vintage.

by Alan Hunter on Mon, May 26th 2014

92 points

With its fresh lime and lemongrass lift, clean-cut acidity and moderate alcohol, this vineyard’s lineage suggests that with a little patience in the cellar it will develop complex tones of toasted nuts, honey and preserved lemon.

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