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by James Suckling on Thu, January 1st 1970

2013 Single Vineyard HVD Semillon - 96 points
"I love the pear, sliced apple and mineral aromas here. Full body, tangy fruit and a tight finish. Focused and balanced. A real beauty. Drink now or hold."

by Wine Front on Thu, January 1st 1970

2016 Single Vineyard Stevens Shiraz - 91 points
"Blackberry and boysenberry, a little spicy and toasty oak, quite a bit of pepper and a hint of grassiness. It’s has grip and grain on a medium-bodied frame, with a good dose of spice, a pleasant crunchy astringency, classic Hunter earthiness, and a pleasantly bitter, almost Italianate finish. More charm to come with a few more years in bottle, I suspect."

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by Huon Hooke on Thu, January 1st 1970

2017 Hunter Valley Shiraz - 90 points
"Medium to full ruby colour. Walnutty, peppercorn, savoury bouquet, earthy and oak-tinged, the palate likewise savoury and drying, with some forward mellowness in the flavours and a nicely tailored tannin finish. Medium-bodied at most. Very good - especially for the money."

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by John Fordham, The Sunday Telegraph on

(for 2017 vintage) Broke Road at Pokolbin leads to Tyrrell's historic Hunter Valley cellars, making Beyond Broke Road an ideal moniker for a new range of wines from faraway regions. This attractive drop hails from SA's Eden Valley, its tantalising pear/citrus flavours delivering a most favourable impression.

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Stevens Single Vineyard Shiraz

by Gary Walsh on

91 Points - Blackberry and boysenberry, a little spicy and toasty oak, quite a bit of pepper and a hint of grassiness. It’s has grip and grain on a medium-bodied frame, with a good dose of spice, a pleasant crunchy astringency, classic Hunter earthiness, and a pleasantly bitter, almost Italianate finish. More charm to come with a few more years in bottle, I suspect.

Hunter Valley Semillon

Hunter Valley Chardonnay

Hunter Valley Shiraz

by Joe Czerwinski, Wine Mag on

[2014 Vintage] 92 Points - The Tyrrell family was excited about its 2014s when I visited there earlier this year, and this suggests their ebullience is well founded. The aromas are fresh and floral, loaded with cherry-berry fruit and a hint of cracked pepper, while on the palate, the wine is medium bodied and supple, with a long, peppery, silky finish.

by Gary Walsh, Wine Front on

[2014 Vintage] 91 Points - Forest berries, a dash of pepper, some earth and vanilla, and a slightly reductive pong. Only just medium bodied, tangy berries, earth and spice, some grainy tannin and a bright finish of fair length. I’d give this a year or two more in the cellar, then I suspect it will be right in the zone.

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Vat 6 Hunter Pinot Noir

by Huon Hooke on

93 Points - Light red/purple colour, with very fragrant, strawberry, red cherry and spice aromas, and a lovely light-bodied palate of great flavour and balance. The balance is faultless. This is a delicious pinot in a light frame: one of the best I can recall from Tyrrell's.

by Gary Walsh, Wine Front on

92+ Points - 500 dozen produced. Baby faced winemaker Chris Tyrrell advises “around 40% whole bunch, based on bucket mathematics, comes out of wood earlier, not much racking and stuff. Leave it be. Natural primary ferment, let it run. No fining has happened in these wines for about for ten years. Light cross flow filter to make it sparkly.” That’s me doing my speed typing as he talks, and while I quote, I change his words to make them a bit fancier. Anyway, Vat 6, Hunter Valley, Tyrrells and Pinot Noir, as Halliday once quipped of one Vat 6 “Truly the dog talking”. Well, I reckon every dog will have its day, and for me, that happens a fair bit with Vat 6. A characterful wine, that presents another different, regional and, I think, varietal expression of the grape. I like it. NB: $42 Private Bin members price.

Bright raspberry and strawberry boiled lolly, bit of musk and spice and stalky funk, earthy notes, light spiced oak in the back. Light to medium bodied, grainy firm tannin, pulls on the finish, slight warmth in there, but a good length and freshness. Feels pretty strict in terms of structure and style, but relaxed after a day of being open. Really like this. May have some improvement to come, and typically these wines show further interest with bottle age.

Old Patch Shiraz

by Gary Walsh on Thu, January 1st 1970

96+ Points - 290 dozen made from a patch planted in 1867. Smell the depth of seductive dark fruit and a shake of pepper, dark chocolate and liquorice, the sweet damp earth of this distinctive site. Musky perfume too. Medium to full bodied, succulent, dark fruit, firm pliant tannin, soars on the finish with fresh acidity and tannin, yet ample fruit buoys it up. Boysenberry pip acidity. Balance. Vivacity. Depth. Superb. Suspect this is a legend in the making.

Johnno’s Shiraz

by Huon Hooke on

97 Points - (290 dozen produced) Deep red/purple colour. The bouquet rich and meaty, with an earthy, sooty profundity; the palate tight and firm, medium to full-bodied, with a lean, somewhat stern firmness and lacking the fruit-sweetness seen in, for example, Vat 9. It's very tight, dry and elegant, with firm but not assertive tannins and totally classic lines. A wine for the cellar. Two days later: it had expanded and was much richer and fuller, a superb wine indeed that needed air to show its full worth. By the end of the bottle, it was the top wine of a sensational clutch of '14 Tyrrell reds.

by Gary Walsh on

95 Points - 290 dozen in a new big boy 2700L French oak cask. Johnno’s planted in 1908, with the vineyard having sandy soils, and thus, quite a different character to the other Tyrrell’s reds. NB: Private Bin members price is $60.BBQ sausage, sweet red fruit underneath, sage, spice. Medium bodied, supple, but dry and savoury, lighter in style, really fans out on the finish, with curry spices and strong tannin in the aftertaste. Rich raspberry flavour. Almost aniseed too. Shows its oak (by no means excessive, but in context) as a young wine, which may or may not suit the style, though certainly it will shrug it off in the years to come. Have patience. Come along for the journey.

Brookdale Semillon

Vat 63 Chardonnay Semillon

by Gary Walsh, Wine Front on

93+ Points - A fine year for whites, and reds. This is a blend of Pokolbin Hills Estate, HVD and Debeyers vineyards. It’s a 70/30 split. Chris Tyrrell said they almost forgot to make a Vat 63 this year. White peach, lime spider/vanilla, touch of struck match and spicy oak. Light to medium bodied, white peach and juicy lime flavour and acidity, a light dusting of chalk on a long flavoursome finish. Right in the slot for Vat 63. A great drink and a strong release. Drink: 2018 - 2027.

Vat 7 Shiraz

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Johnno’s Semillon

by James Halliday Wine Companion on

96 Points - Produced from 106yo vines on the Johnno's Vineyard, with only 250 dozen made. Hand-picked, basket-pressed unclarified juice gives the wine an extra degree of texture and structure, and underwrites its longevity; traditional cut grass and lemongrass flavours are punctuated by zesty acidity on the long, crystal clear palate. A bottle of liquid history, cheap at the price. 10.5% alc.

by Gary Walsh, Wine Front on

94 Points - 2015 wasn’t an easy year in the Hunter Valley, and yet, these releases from Tyrrells are very good. Slight honey and sweet grass, dusting of white pepper, limes. Clean, fresh, lovely texture, chalky and almost grippy, crunchy length with a mild herbal aftertaste adding interest. It’s a lighter, less intense iteration of this vineyard’s produce, but has a precision, delicacy and beauty that’s hard to resist. Closure : Screwcap. Drink : 2018 - 2035+

Vat 8 Hunter Shiraz Cabernet

by Decanter Magazine on

95 Points - Platinum medal: Best Australian Red Blend. Ripe blueberry nose intertwined with minty freshness. Hints of freshly cut grass on the palate with well-integrated oak-derived sweet spices of cloves and liquorice. Soft, sensual texture ending on a long, clean and juicy finish.

by Campbell Mattinson, James Halliday Wine Companion on

95 Points - If you put this in the cellar the chances of you being disappointed when it reaches maturity are almost zilch. It has character and balance and, from such an excellent year, has enough fruit to keep the engine humming along, long time. A beautiful medium-weight, filigreed wine. Drink by 2035.

by Nick Stock, www.jamessuckling.com on

95 Points - This has a composed, compact and soulful mid-weight style to it, plenty of black fruits and dark stony aromas, dried woody spices too. The palate has a dark essence-like spiced plum and dark cherry core, tannins roll smooth, even and purposeful, smoothly groomed, holds freshness and delivers incredible depth of flavour. Long and strong. Drink now and for 10+ years.

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HVD ‘Old Vines’ Chardonnay

by Mark Hughes, Wine Selector Magazine on

In the glass: Bright pale gold. On the nose: Sweet stonefruit, nougat, vanillin oak and a hint of struck match. On the palate: Nutty and complex with ripe, rich melon fruit tempered by nutty, savoury lees, smokey oak, oyster shell minerality and an almost salty finish.

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Ashmans Brut

by Nortern Daily Leader on

96 Points - The colour is a medium yellow and the nose shows full, clean Semillon, lifted citrus and some straw notes. On the palate these flavours are added to with toasty, yeast characters gained in the winemaking process. An excellent celebratory alternative to the mainstream sparklings, particularly for people looking for a drier taste.

by Marie Claire Magazine on

Good for buying in bulk and keeping on stand-by, it has a light, fresh taste you'll never tire of.

Moon Mountain Chardonnay

Lunatiq Heathcote Shiraz

by Toni Paterson, The Real Review on

94 Points - A classy and composed, single vineyard wine, that has with concentrated red and black fruits. The nose has hints of pure cherry, blackberry, chocolate and vanilla. It is surprisingly medium-bodied with brightness and energy, with vanilla and chocolate undertones. Lovely balance. Fine tannins and no rough edges. 2018-2024.

by Jane Faulkner, James Halliday's Wine Companion on

91 Points- There's more palate weight and a richness that's missing in the Rufus Stone, just as well given the price difference. Oak is making its mark adding some sweetness and spice to the ripe tannins, and a bit gritty.

by Huon Hooke, The Real Review on

91 Points - Deep red/purple colour, with a rich, ripe chocolate and dark plum aroma. The wine is fresh and lively in the mouth thanks to its acidity, the flavours are typical shiraz and very appealing. It would be even better with appropriate food. 2017-2035.

Belford Single Vineyard Chardonnay

by Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com on

93 Points - An attractive Chardonnay showing cooked apples, some greener elements of dill and parsley, cloves and spices. A linear and steely one that is showing good acid drive, fresh green and citrus fruit and a tangy finish. Drink now.

Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz

by Gary Walsh, Wine Front on

95 Points - Here’s a ‘classic’ Vat 9, and a ‘classic’ Hunter red. In fact, it would be hard to get more ‘classic’. Has a lovely violet and vanilla perfume, a dusting of pepper and spice, dried herb, boysenberry and raspberry, a lick of fine powdery tannin, bright pippy raspberry acidity, subtle earthiness, and a pretty red fruited finish of clean length and precision. So charming. Sometimes you don’t have to try too hard to impress.

Stevens Single Vineyard Semillon

by Lester Jesberg, Winewise on

4.5 stars out of 5 - A full-flavoured, lemony Semillon which is a good all-rounder with a long, crisp finish. Enjoy it now or cellar for a few years.

HVD Single Vineyard Semillon

by Winewise on

4.5 stars out of 5 - In between the Stevens and the Belford. It's a restrained, lemony semillon with a good middle palate and a racy finish.

by Wine Front on

95+ points - Fresh squeeze lime, vanilla, approachable, zesty but round - the volume of fruit is most excellent - almost flamboyant for such a young wine. Flinty and tight to close. Not an ounce of flab here though, make no mistake. Ripping length. I predict an amazing future for this wine: a toast and lime spectacular to come.

by JamesSuckling.com on

96 Points - I love the pear, sliced apple and mineral aromas here. Full body, tangy fruit and a tight finish. Focused and balanced. A real beauty. Drink now or hold. Screwcap.

Vat 1 Hunter Semillon

by James Halliday Wine Companion on

96 Points - Classic in the making. Straw-green, slight spritz, excellent intensity yet still manages to trip lightly from the attack to the extended finish. Citrus, wax, anise and green herbs but beautifully integrated. Complete. Drink to 2026.

by Gary Walsh, Wine Front on

96 Points - Clean, lemon, lime, light honeyed tones - subdued - and then? A powerhouse palate presenting juicy, almost sweet, citrus fruit that fills the mouth - remarkable presence for such a light wine. Subtle powdery texture and pure acidity. Length to burn. A classic Vat 1.

by Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com on

94 Points - Very subtle aromas of sliced lemon, apple and pear. Steel too. Full body, bright acidity and a vivid finish. Love the focus and beauty to this. Creamy mouth feel. Drink now. Screw cap.

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Old Winery Pinot Noir

Old Winery Chardonnay

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Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz

by Huon Hooke, The Real Review on

92 Points - Rich and fleshy. The 20th vintage of this wine has a deep, youthful red/purple colour and a rich, chocolate, spice, sweet plum and vanilla bouquet, which returns with good power and impact on the finish. The wine is medium to full-bodied, fleshy in its texture with supple tannins and easy drinkability, although it will surely age well. (Screwcap) Alcohol: 14.9%. Food: Beef and mushroom casserole. Ageing: drink now to 13 years.

by John Fordham, Sunday Telegraph on

Hugely impressive 20th anniversary release from the Hunter Valley-headquartered winery's prime holding at Heathcote and an ideal wine to toast the family company's grand 160 years in the business. Its flavours are deep, rich, elegant and amazingly soft.

by John Lewis, Newcastle Herald on

4.5 Stars. RICH AND RIPE RUFUS. With 14.9% alcohol, the Rufus Stone 2016 Heathcote Shiraz is bright garnet and has berry pastille aromas and rich, ripe plum front-palate flavour. Maraschino cherry, dark chocolate, licorice and toasty oak show on the middle palate and minty tannins at the finish.

Vat 47 Hunter Chardonnay

by Huon Hooke, The Real Review on

95 Points - Subtle, balanced, nutty bouquet, a trace of rubber, with good complexity and detail, the palate soft and round, refined and elegant, a lovely complete wine. Excellent. Finesse and character. A more pared-back style, and low in alcohol. Not very Hunter-like.

by Gary Walsh, Wine Front on

94 Points - Cooler, wetter years are often not so much of a problem for Vat 47. This has fine bones, but also has flavour to go with it. Green melon, lemon and lime, slight herbal perfume, gentle vanilla nougat and cedar spice oak. Medium bodied, light chalky texture, lovely well settled acidity, almost a delicacy to it, then a tight and very long citrus and Thai basil infused finish. There’s so much to like about this wine. Closure : Screwcap. Drink : 2016 - 2025+

by Lester Jesbery, Winewise on

4.5 starts out of 5 - A fresh powerful, but restrained white peach style with a subtle lees influence. The palate is intense and well structured, with subtle oak. 30% new French oak. 100% basket pressed.