Tue, September 4th 2012

For more than 150 years the Tyrrell family have been making some of the Australia’s greatest wines at their historic Hunter Valley vineyards.

Accolades from industry leaders in recent times include “Winemaker of the Year” and “Winery of the Year” which was awarded by Gourmet Traveller WINE and The Big Red Wine Book respectively, but it’s their world famous semillons and chardonnays that have helped Tyrrell’s become the most awarded winery in the country for their white wines.

Both their legendary Vat 1 Semillon and the Vat 47 Chardonnay are household names with wine lovers both in Australia and around the world and have received over 1750 trophies and medals between them to date.

This outstanding performance has once again been recognised by the highly respected Australian wine critic James Halliday in his newly released 2013 Australian Wine Companion in which he has more than 70,000 tasting notes.

“We are thrilled that James has once again recognised Tyrrell’s as one of the top wineries in Australia,” Managing Director Bruce Tyrrell said.

“Not only has Tyrrell’s been awarded a red 5 Star Winery rating for the seventh successive year but 14 of the 27 of our wines reviewed have received the outstanding score of 94 or more points.”

The 94+ Point wines include:

97 Points: Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz 2010
96 Points: Vat 1 Hunter Semillon 2006, Vat 1 Hunter Semillon 2011 Johnno’s Semillon, 2010 Johnno’s Shiraz, 2010 Old Patch 1867 Shiraz, 2007 Futures Selection (HVD Single Vineyard) Semillon
95 Points: 2008 Stevens Single Vineyard Semillon, 2010 Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet.
94 Points: 2007 Belford Single Vineyard Semillon, 2009 Lunatiq Shiraz, 2009 Old Vines Chardonnay, 2011 HVD Single Vineyard Chardonnay, 2009 Vat 47 Chardonnay.

Tyrrell’s flagship Vat 9 Shiraz was one of only eleven straight varietal shiraz wines to receive the top 97 Point score and has rated over 95 Points for the last six years. The iconic Vat 1 Semillon has also maintained a 94 Point or above score since 2000.

“The consistency of the scores for our top wines over the last decade is something I am extremely proud of,” said Bruce Tyrrell “It reflects not only on the quality of the winemaking but the strength of the Hunter as one of Australia’s premier wine growing regions.”