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Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz

2011 Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz

Tyrrell’s flagship shiraz.

Range:
Winemaker's Selection
Region:
Hunter Valley, NSW
Variety:
Shiraz
Vintage:
2011
Other Vintages:
2013
Volume:
750ml
Alc/Vol:
13%

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Overview & Tasting Notes

The 2011 vintage is a blend of our top vineyards, sourced from the red volcanic soil strip that runs through the Weinkeller, NVC and Short Flat Vineyards, with an average vine age of 50 years. The vineyards were picked between 10 and 25 February. The parcels were kept separate until blending in December 2011, before going back into wood until May 2012 for bottling. This is a typical Vat 9 from a good Hunter vintage. Bright purple in colour, the nose is clean and consists of intense berry fruits with subtle lift from the new large oak barrels. The palate displays a wine in great balance, with sweet fruit being its primary focus, followed by supporting tannins, clean savoury complexity, well balanced acid and persistent fruit length.

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Awards & Accolades

Awards

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2011 Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz has won a total of 1 awards.

Accolades

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Back Vintages

2010 Tasting Notes (136 KB pdf)

2009 Tasting Notes (135 KB pdf)

2007 Tasting Notes (105 KB pdf)

2006 Tasting Notes (107 KB pdf)

2005 Tasting Notes (319 KB pdf)

2004 Tasting Notes (105 KB pdf)

2001 Tasting Notes (456 KB pdf)