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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. 

Johnno’s Shiraz

by James Halliday on Thu, May 16th 2013

96 Points (Outstanding)

Elegance is the name of the game, and there is a feel of old-fashioned born anew; fragrant and lifted red fruit, leather and vine sap are evident on the bouquet with a delicate seasoning of oak from a large barrel; the light- to medium-bodied palate is elegant, almost ethereal on entry, yet the length of flavour is outstanding; pure, pretty and extremely long.

by Gary Walsh on Mon, May 20th 2013

93 Points

The grapes come from the Johnno’s vineyard planted 1908 on sandy alluvial soils – so tastes different to those grown on red earth. Hand picked and matured in a single new 2700L French oak cask. A little meatiness then it’s all red fruits (raspberry mainly) and prettiness with a touch of vanilla spiced oak. Light bodied, as much like a Pinot Noir as Shiraz, fresh and lively with plenty of fine acid and light tannin -  foundations built on acid rather than extract. Fans out on the back palate. A wine of delicacy and interest. A classic Hunter Burgundy if ever there was one – only it’s spotlessly clean too. A small step up from the 2009 I suspect.

by Janis Robinson on Tue, August 20th 2013

From vines planted in 1908. Brilliant nose, combines the best of the oak and the beautiful spice fragrance of shiraz, plus a real forthright fruit like black cherries. This is stellar, brilliant, fresh and balanced with great length. Absolutely excellent.

by Gourmet Traveller Wine (Max Allen) on Mon, May 6th 2013

I love everything about this: retro label, light colour, medium body, bright red fruit, moderate (12.5 per cent alcohol) and the savoury freshness and life to ensure its future as a Hunter classic.

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 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.

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.

Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz

by James Halliday on Mon, December 2nd 2013

Bright, clear crimson-purple; from the oldest and best blocks on the estate Ashmans Vineyard, with its striking red volcanic clay soils; hand-picked and fermented in open vats before maturation for 16 months in new and used 2700-litre French casks. However good Johnno’s Shiraz may be, this wine has greater intensity, drive and length, with persistent fine tannins and positive but balanced oak.

by Gary Walsh on Mon, November 18th 2013

Chocolate box, mixed berries, touch of spicy oak richness and subtle menthol and pepper top notes. It’s gentle and composed with a lovely creamy mouth-feel, balanced acidity and a little chop of tannin pulling through on the finish. A very good Vat 9 – plump and delicious. Age-worthy of course.

by Wine Taste Weekly on Thu, March 20th 2014

96 points

Vat 9 is one of the great success stories of the Hunter, and the Tyrrell’s team names the eradication of brettanomyces from the winery in the last decade as perhaps the biggest development in the company’s history. The result is a purity, an effortlessness, an elegance and a delightfully characteristic medium-bodied Hunter Burgundy restraint. Its tannin texture and seamless fragrance are reminiscent of cool climate pinot noir. Once a blend of the best barrels, today Vat 9 encompasses the same three vineyards each year, with lesser barrels declassified, producing a grand total of just 1,500 cases. It’s dynamic and vibrant, with understated black plum and black cherry fruit and subtle violet aromas.

by Ralph Kyte Powell (The Age) on Mon, April 7th 2014

94 points

Vat 9 2011 sums up the classic Hunter Valley regional style. Subtly complex on the nose, it has a core of raspberry, floral and spice aromas, touched by regional earthiness. Classically understated like the great Hunter ‘‘burgundies’’ of old, Vat 9 has soft, refined flavours, fine-grained tannins and a beautifully sustained aftertaste. Alc: 12.9 per cent. Drink over 15 years. Food ideas: Roast beef; char-grilled chicken.

by Chris Shanahan on Fri, April 11th 2014

5 stars

Where vignerons in much of eastern Australia struggled in the cold, wet 2011 vintage, Hunter winemakers turned out remarkable shirazes, like Tyrrell’s Vat 9. Always a regional benchmark of the medium bodied, long-lived style, Vat 9 in 2011 shows the extra fruit intensity of the good season. It’s sourced from old vines (average age 50 years) grown in the red volcanic soils of the Weinkeller and Short Flat vineyards on Tyrrell’s Ashmans property. Made from hand-picked fruit, fermented in open vats and matured in large format French-oak casks (2700-litre), the wine reveals the delicious flavour of outstanding fruit, gently handled. Maturation in oak, apart from polishing the silky tannins, gave a liveliness and aromatic lift that completes a harmonious, gentle, sensuous wine.

Vat 8 Hunter Shiraz Cabernet

by James Halliday, James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2013 on

95 Points & Outstanding - A pristine and polished wine that seems to transcend varieties and instead embraces origin and producer; medium-bodied and simply silky in texture, the red fruit, fresh leather and fine spices of the two regions marry seamlessly, culminating in a long and expansive, beautifully balanced finish.

by Robert Parker, eRobertParker.com on

92+ Points.

by Ashley Pini & Rob Geddes, Drinks Trade Magazine on

This wine is very complex with aromas of plum and blueberry. Notes of classy oak, refined and powerful with a medium bodied fresh acid and good depth with concentrated fruit and tannin.

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

92 Points - A blend of Hunter Valley Shiraz off Tyrrell’s own vineyards along with 8% or 11% (not sure which) Cabernet from the Hilltops. It’s interesting how much a bit of barrique and Cabernet alters the flavour of the wine when tasting alongside the large format (2700L) oak matured Shirazezes.Dark spicy, toasty and saucy. A rich wine that uses oak to good effect – flavours of mixed dark berries and an aftertaste that had me trying to put my finger on something – and that something was a Montelimar chocolate, exactly. There’s a scrunchy mass of dry tannin, slightly chalky and a hint of herbal bitterness but all up it’s a satisfying wine that will meet bottle age with a set jaw and no quivering of the lip. Good.

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