2018 Vat 9 Shiraz

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$120.00 / bottle

Vat 9 Shiraz is sourced from the oldest and best blocks on the Ashmans property, with the oldest vines dating back to 1892. Weinkeller and the Short Flat make up the majority of the Vat 9 blend. All of these blocks feature soils ideal for growing super-premium Shiraz.

Handpicked and sorted in the vineyard over the last few days of January, the grapes from the different blocks were all kept separate and fermented in our open-top vats. The individual wines were then matured in new and one-year-old French-oak casks (2700l) until the Vat 9 blend was assembled in December 2018. The blend was then matured for a further five months before bottling.

Intense purple in colour, lifted spice and a pretty red-berry nose with a subtle oak lift. The palate is medium-bodied, showing soft, sweet fruits. Subtle oak enhances the mid-palate, which is complemented by the fine, clean acid structure and long tannins.

A classic Vat 9 that will have a long life in the cellar. Cellaring 10+ years.

Download Tasting Notes From Past Vintages

Winemaker's Selection
Hunter Valley, NSW


95 Points - “Lots of crushed berries with red earth, terra-cotta and hints of metal and blue fruit. Ferrous. Salt and white pepper. Some oyster shell, too. Full to medium body, bright fruit and lightly chewy yet polished tannins.”

Huon Hooke The Real Review

96 points - "Deep, bold, bright purple/red colour. The bouquet is reserved and almost floral, with dried herb and essency dark berry aromas. A touch of reduction. The palate is medium to full-bodied and the dark-fruit flavours are intense and long-lasting. There are generous tannins, which are fine and supple and run the full length of the palate. Superb balance and poise, a very promising youngster with a long career ahead of it. A superb shiraz, very much in Tyrrell style, which is restrained compared to some other top Hunters - even in a great year like 2018."


96+ POINTS - “Red and black fruits, sweet liquorice and milk chocolate on the sly, spice and plenty of perfume. Medium-bodied, fresh blackberry, lively, powerful, succulent and smooth, creaminess to the tannin, a chocolate and velour deluxe kind of feel, bright boysenberry acidity, and heaps of length. A very fine Vat 9. One for the ages.”

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