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Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz

by Winewise on

This is an attractive mouthfilling shiraz with spicy notes and a hint of peppermint. Good short term drinking.

by Illawarra Mercury on Mon, June 2nd 2014

The third wine under Tyrrell’s Rufus Stone label came about through an inspired decision in 1994 by head honcho Bruce Tyrrell to buy an old farm at Heathcote which was transformed into a shiraz vineyard. It’s a high quality red, polished and poised with lashings of plum and black fruit, spice and peppery characters, chocolate and juicy tannins.

Vat 47 Hunter Chardonnay

by Peter Bourne, Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE on

3/3 Stars - Australia’s first modern chardonnay, released more than 40 years ago and considered a benchmark for Australian chardonnay. The balance between fruit, acid and oak hints at the quality of the wine and the vintage. Drinking beautifully to 2018.

by Daryl Fisher, National Liquor News on

3/3 Stars - Rich and complex with notes of citrus and grapefruit

by Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times on

4.5/5 Stars - While the quest for fine chardonnay drew Australian winemakers ever further south, ultimately to Tasmania, Tyrrell’s stuck to the Hunter. Forty years after first producing the variety, the family makes a range of beautiful Hunter chardonnays, including $13 Old Winery, $20 Moon Mountain, a couple of individual vineyard wines (Belford $35 and HVD $45), and the flagship, Vat 47. The 2009 is probably about as good as Hunter chardonnay can get – a rich, fine, slow-evolving, barrel-fermented style that looks very young at four years.

by Mike Frost, Courier Mail on

95 Points - Made from fruit from two blocks, partly fermented in stainless steel before transferred to French oak barriques for fermentation and maturation. There’s melon, citrus and white peach fruit on the nose and palate, with a touch of nutty oak and fine, crisp acid finish.

by Robert Parker, eRobertParker.com on

92+ Points

by Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury on

A stunning benchmark chardonnay that chief winemaker Andrew Spinaze rates as one of the best during his tenure at Tyrrell’s. Sheer elegance, lean and clean, pristine citrus, melon and stonefruit, brilliant acidity, subtle oak influence, a crisp finish and a delight to drink.

by John Lewis, Newcastle Herald on

5/5 glasses - I’ve had the pleasure of drinking this wine three times over the past two years and the latest tasting last week convinces me that it holds a place in the top rank of Australian chardonnays. It’s a wine of exceptional balance, delicacy and cellaring “legs”. It is light gold with olive green tints and has scents of mango and vanillin oak. The front palate introduces elegant nectarine flavour and quince jelly, citrus and spice fruit characters integrate with cashew oak on the middle palate. The finish features flinty acid. Vat 47s are made from varying proportions of grapes from Tyrrell’s Short Flat, HVD and the New Vines Cuttings Blocks. The “New” cuttings are sourced off the original HVD vines.

by Rob Geddes on

91 points

This chardonnay has complex flavours of pineapple, lemon, nuts and honey, with a long, linear, distinctive style. A refreshing wine with a very long, smokey finish.

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