In 1951, Murray Bruce Tyrrell was born to Murray and Ruth Tyrrell. Bruce was always interested in the business side of winemaking. He was the first member of the winemaking family to go to University, studying Agricultural Economics at the University of New England. He joined the family company on a full-time basis in 1974 at the age of 23 years. It was during this time that Bruce fell in love with semillon.
In 1989, Bruce put away the first quantity of Vat 1 Semillon. Seven years later it was released and started the tradition of Tyrrell’s best Hunter Semillon coming to market with bottle age; with an unsurpassed record in the wine shows. The development of semillon continued with the identification of the best semillon vineyards in the Lower Hunter. These are now made to show their individual characters and gaining show success to rival Vat 1.
In 1980, Jane Tyrrell, the first of the fifth generation of Tyrrell’s was born. Her two younger brothers, John and Chris, were born in 1981 and 1982 respectively, ensuring the continuation of the Tyrrell name. In 1994, Bruce became CEO of Tyrrell’s Wines with an annual production of 550,000 cases. In the mid 1990’s, Tyrrell’s completed a series of interstate acquisitions in McLaren Vale, Limestone Coast and Heathcote. The McLaren Vale vineyard has since been sold and Heathcote is now on the cusp of being one of the great shiraz areas of Australia. In 2006, Bruce Tyrrell was recognised with an Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to the Australian wine industry; improving grape quality, research, tourism and export opportunities. In 2009, he became a Hunter Valley Living Legend at the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Awards.