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Belford Single Vineyard Chardonnay

by James Halliday on

95 points

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.

by Newcastle Herald on Fri, April 18th 2014

5 glasses

The Vat 9’s have long been Tyrrell’s flagship red and this 2011 is an archetypal medium-bodied Hunter shiraz that promises to cellar well. It has 12.9 per cent alcohol, is bright magenta and has cassis scents. Silky smooth plum flavour features on the front of the palate and black cherry, spice and licorice fruit characters meld with subtle vanillin oak on the middle palate. The finish introduces dusty tannins. It is the product of painstaking care at the Tyrrell’s winery, with fruit hand-picked, destemmed, but not crushed, before being given a cold soak for 48 hours. After fermentation in open-top vats, the berries are pressed in Tyrrell’s 1970s Bucher basket press.

Vat 1 Hunter Semillon

by Josh Tuckfield (Vino Review) on

94+ points

The length and breadth of this wine is brilliant. As a young wine it feels complete which makes it ok to drink now.  Well the acidity might not be too friendly but it is counter balanced by the flavours of the prawn. At the moment the main stay of the flavours are in the lemon/lime end of the spectrum and this should drink perfectly as a teenager.

Old Winery Shiraz

by James Halliday on

Spicy red fruits, with cranberry and sage; medium bodied, forward, fleshy and accessible, with taut acidity and a very drinkable finish; luncheon wine in every respect.

by Tony Love on

The serious stuff: Using two of its regionally diverse vineyards across the country that go into higher-level wines, this is unashamedly designed as ripe, sweet fruited shiraz with raspberry, cinnamon, and vanillin oak influences. The fun stuff: Soft, lush and easy drinking for red novices without too many complexities to get in the way of a good time.

Old Winery Cabernet Merlot

by Winestate on

Sweet plum cake of a nose and a soft, round blueberry palate. A very nice quaffing wine.

by James Halliday on

As the label indicates, a SA/WA blend for those with the ability to sell wine (particularly at this price) opportunities to buy in bulk abound this has good black and red berry fruit flavours, and enough structure to satisfy.

Old Winery Traminer Riesling

by Drinks Trade Magazine on

Lifted musky, sweet nose with muscat characters. Elegant and bright with balanced acid and sugar. A medium-sweet light style, with honey flavours, floral notes; simple, juicy and easy drinking.

Old Winery Chardonnay

by James Halliday - James Halliday's Top 100 Wines of 2012 on

90 Points - Has considerable colour development, although it is bright; the varietal fruit is vibrant and clear, with white flesh stone fruit and citrus to the fore; there is the faintest suggestion of oak that has been carefully kept in check. The best Hunter Valley chardonnay in its price group.

by Huon Hooke - The Sydney Morning Herald on Tue, July 16th 2013

Bargain of the Week - 86 Points - A very good budget chardonnay with typical cashew, herbal and lees characters, with a tinge of honey. There’s a tickle of sweetness balancing some crisp acidity, and it has pleasing weight and intensity, without particular distinction but very good value. Drink now.

by Maitland Mercury on Fri, July 26th 2013

A very good budget chardonnay with typical cashew, herbal and lees characters, with a tinge of honey. There’s tickle of sweetness balancing some crisp acidity, and it has pleasing weight and intensity, without particular distinction but very good value. Drink now.

by Tony Love, Courier Mail, Brisbane on

4/5 Stars - At this price you’ll often see some pretty mono-dimensional, fruit-driven chardonnay, but here you get a decent layering of oak influence which brings an element of great value and complexity. This is aided by some fortuitous trickle down from higher-end Tyrrell’s whites like Vat 47. There’s crunchy apple-like fruit tang and texture at its core.

by James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014 on

90 Points & Highly Recommended - The varietal fruit is vibrant and clear, with white-flesh stone fruit and citrus to the fore; there is the faintest suggestion of oak that has been carefully kept in check. The best Hunter Valley Chardonnay in its price group.

Old Winery Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

by Tyson Stelzer on

89 points

East meets west in this Hunter/WA blend, capturing the crunch of granny smith, the zest of lime and lemon and the freshness of cut grass, softened with a subtle touch of fruit sweetness.

by Geraldton Guardian on

The Semillon characteristics dominate this blend sourced from many regions. Zesty, restrained and fresh, with aromas of lemon and grass showing. Flavours of grass and semi-sweet lemon tickle the tongue and are balanced with smack of acidity provided by the Sauvignon Blanc. When it comes to this variety the price is right, and so is the palate. Tyrrell’s has made it for the market, and for everyone that enjoys an SSB with slightly lower alcohol content, it is just the ticket.

by Winestate on

Delicate nose with pretty, floral nuances. Lovely fruit expression on the palate, with a big residual sugar finish and firm, crisp acidity to balance.

Old Winery Verdelho

by James Halliday on

89 points

Attractive example; some depth to the tropical fruit salad flavours without the detriment of phenolics; good balance and length.

by Rachael McDonald on

A brilliant summer choice, this wine combines sweet tropical fruit flavour with some added spice. The citrus finish means it will compliment spicy Asian dishes, so open a bottle with your next curry.

by Peter Chapman on

A cracking good drop from one of the premium labels of the Hunter Valley. The wine features great characteristics with aromas of limes, sweet fruit and light spices One of the best of this variety I have tried.

Old Winery Sauvignon Blanc

by Tyson Stelzer on

90 points

Some lees contact builds the finely textured mouthfeel of this crunchy lemon and lime style, lifted with a pretty fragrance of lemon blossom and a long finish of grapefruit and nashi pear.

by National Liquor News on

Zesty fruit with the right amount of acid and a clean finish. Easty to drink with firm acidity balanced by sweet tropical fruit.

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