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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.

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 Pinot Noir

by National Liquor News on

Mouth filling with sour cherry characters. Notes of strawberry, plum and dried wood.

by Neil Cammies on

Delicate on the nose with floral red fruit aromas and those characteristic earthy notes in the background. Quite showy on the palate with brisk acidity, soft tannins and the touch of oak thickens the cherry and strawberry fruit.

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.

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