2010 Stevens Single Vineyard Shiraz
A modern, balanced style of Hunter shiraz.
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Overview & Tasting Notes
Medium to full bodied with a lively, intense purple colour. Black cherry, raspberry and fresh, spicy flavours dominate the palate with a vibrant, fresh acidity that make the wine a wonderful example of the modern, balanced style of Hunter Valley shiraz.
Awards & Accolades
2010 Stevens Single Vineyard Shiraz has won a total of 2 awards.
93+Points - Stevens Shiraz tastes distinctly Stevensy. So different to the other vineyard offerings from Tyrrells, and the essence of Stevens is Old Patch, which of course does not taste Patchy. Or old even. Boysenberry, spice, chocolate, pepper, Stevens earthiness – but pretty. It’s even and spicy with soft tannin – almost a little chalky – offering gentle grip on the finish. Fresh and beautifully balanced – a winning style that’s delicious and cellar-worthy. Tops. 93 points now, touch and go for 94 – maybe later.
90 Points & Highly Recommended - Fine French oak is the dominant feature on the bouquet, with red fruits lurking beneath; the spectre of oak continues unabated on the palate, yet the fruit makes more headway in this regard
96 Points - A rich and expressive young wine for a Hunter: spicy, dark-fruits and subtly complex nose; very fleshy and deep, lovely depth and balance. Medium to full-bodied and succulent, smooth, texturally wonderful and very very long. Great regional Hunter shiraz. More new oak than other Tyrrell reds (one-third) but it doesn’t get in the way at all.
94 Points - Bruce Tyrrell reckons this single vineyard may contain the oldest vines still on production in the Hunter. Regardless, this wine is a bargain, and 2010 is one of its great seasons. A pure, primary focus of blackberry, mulberry and plum fruit is textured with fine-grained fruit tannins, wonderfully massaged by the subtle influence of large format oak casks. Calm restraint provides space for the savoury expression of its red earth soils.
95 Points - Beautifully individual wine with all the character of the Hunter and then the individual vineyard layered in.
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