2011 Vat 8 Hunter Shiraz Cabernet
A modern representation of this classic blend.
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Overview & Tasting Notes
A blend of shiraz and cabernet from the Hunter Valley, with the shiraz sourced from premium vineyards on the Tyrrell's property and Moon Mountain vineyard and the cabernet coming from Pokolbin. all of the components were fermented and matured separately until blending in December 2011. After blending the wine was put back into French oak barriques, 30% of which were new, until bottling in May 2012. The wine was predominately matured in smaller 225L barriques. As always with Vat 8, we see much darker fruits and some chocolate characters in the wine, along with the extra element of spice from the higher percentage of new oak.
Awards & Accolades
2011 Vat 8 Hunter Shiraz Cabernet has won a total of 2 awards.
93+ Points - This vintage is All Hunter, All Class. The small Cabernet component is the first crop from Robin Drayton’s vineyard – planted with cuttings sourced from Lake’s Folly. For a Tyrrell’s Hunter wine it’s a buxom and comely style – and I like it a lot. Choc-licorice and Montelimar, violet, a seasoning of pepper, blue and black fruit and suggestion of mint. It’s round and plump with plenty of fruit weight, but only really medium bodied. Ripe sweet tannin and plenty of length. Really like this. It’s the most approachable of the current releases, though I’d wait a couple of years before tucking in. The best Vat 8 in a fair while.
Here’s a happy marriage of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon that drinks well now and will pay dividends for long-term cellaring. It is bright magenta and has scents of ripe black cherries and caramel. Profound Satsuma plum flavour dominates the front of the palate and fruit elements of blackberry, mint and dark chocolate meld with restrained cedary oak on the middle palate.
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