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Vat 8 Hunter Shiraz Cabernet

2010 Vat 8 Hunter Shiraz Cabernet

The most modern style of our traditional Hunter Valley reds.

Winemaker's Selection
Hunter Valley, NSW
Red Blends
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Overview & Tasting Notes

The wine has a vibrant purple colour, bright red fruits, spice and a touch of chocolate on the nose. A typically medium weight wine with strong juicy dark berry fruit flavours, fresh spicy vanillin oak and balanced acid add to the clean finish. Smooth and silky when young, it will also reward careful medium term cellaring.

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Awards & Accolades


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2010 Vat 8 Hunter Shiraz Cabernet has won a total of 6 awards.


  • 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.

  • Robert Parker, on

    92+ Points.

  • 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.

  • Gary Walsh, 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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