Sourced from the “Old Patch” on the Old Hillside vineyard on Marrowbone Road, which the Tyrrell family purchase in December 2017. The Old Patch, which sits in the middle of the block, was planted in 1867, making it the oldest vineyard in NSW and one of the oldest in the world. A steep, east-facing block located right underneath the Brokenback mountain range, which provides great protection, it features darker, richer soils than those on our Ashmans property.
The fruit was handpicked on 15 February and sorted in the vineyard before a natural fermentation took place in our open-top vats with 15% whole bunches. After fermentation, the wine was matured for 14 months in a one-year-old 2,700-litre French oak cask.
Bright purple in colour with a red-fruited aroma; some savoury notes add complexity. A classic Hunter Valley wine style, medium bodied and without the concentration of 2017 or 2018 yet still showing good length and structure. An elegant style with deceptive length that builds in the glass.