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Beyond Broke Road Shiraz

Beyond Broke Road Sauvignon Blanc

by James Halliday Magazine on

90 Points - Harvested in the early morning, lightly pressed then fermented in stainless steel, with some extended time on lees. The no-frills winemaking approach has allowed intense passionfruit and guava fruit aromas and flavours to play free. Punches well above its weight, good acidity the cream on the cake. Drink till 2020.

by John Rozentals, Australian Good Food & Travel Guide on

Tyrrells winery is located on Broke Road, in the Hunter Valley, but it has long used grapes from other Australian areas as well. This new (for this scribe, anyway) label handily brings a group of those wines together. This shows plenty of the variety’s noted herbaceous character and some good palate weight.

Beyond Broke Road Cabernet Sauvignon

Beyond Broke Road Pinot Gris

by John Fordham, The Sunday Telegraph on

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.

4 Acres Shiraz

by Gary Walsh, Wine Front on

95 Points - Fresh red berries, perhaps some blackberry, dusting of pepper, floral perfume, subtle dried herb and earth. Light to medium bodied, bright and fresh with a cranberry crunch, fresh picked red fruits, again the gentle earthiness and perfume, with a light drag of fine-grained tannin, drawing out to a playful rasp on a long cool finish. I feel it’s a wine for much later than now, and where the ripe vintages give from the get go, this will evolve and develop into a beautiful fine expression of Hunter ‘Burgundy’. It’s a lovely thing, for sure.

Ra Nui Pinot Gris

Trout Valley Riesling

Echo Beach Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Echo Beach Cabernet Merlot

Special Release Pinot Noir

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

by Ralph Kyte-Powell, Sydney Morning Herald on

94 Points - A classic regional wine from a great maker, this semillon has a ripe, appealing nose of unusual concentration. Apple, lemon, melon and wax meet the nose, and it tastes deliciously intense and zesty. (Screw cap; 11 per cent alcohol). Ageing? Drink over six years. Food idea: Grilled fish with lemon and pepper sauce.

by Gary Walsh, Wine Front on

94 Points - Lemon barley, lemongrass, talc and ester perfume. There’s a softness and roundness to the acidity here that’s very appealing, which along with ample lemon/lime flavour and a delightful chalky texture, makes it immediately appealing. It’s long too. A lot of wine for your money here.

by Campbell Matthion, James Halliday's Wine Companion on

91 Points - Released within a few months of vintage. Remarkably fruit-driven and giving, with custard apple, citrus and pear flavours adding a keen juiciness. There's little reason why it shouldn't age but it's clearly been made to provide drinking enjoyment now. Drink by 2023.

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.

Old Hut Single Vineyard Shiraz

NVC Single Vineyard Shiraz

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Toa (Central Otago) Pinot Noir

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Vineyard Selection Hunter Valley Verdelho

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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.

HVD & The Hill Pinot Noir

by James Halliday on Thu, January 1st 1970

94 Points - From the 4-and 8-acre red soil vineyards, MV6 clone planted in the '80s; hand-sorted, open fermentation with one-third whole bunches; 8 months maturation in used French oak. A remarkable wine for its clear varietal expression; very good mouthfeel, the tannins finely pitched and woven through the plum and black cherry fruit. Time will see its Hunter Valley birthplace speak more assertively. 13% ale. Drink to 2028

by Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury on Thu, January 1st 1970

Will get better over time but gee it’s hard to resist as a light and bright summer red. Soft and supple mouth feel, an abundance of sweetish red fruit, integrated spice, earthy characters and juicy tannins

by Frank Smith, Perth News on Thu, January 1st 2015

Tyrrells 2013 HVD and The Hill Pinot Noir has a bright, fresh strawberry aroma light on the nose and great pinot noir characters. The palate is medium bodied and well balanced with a bright fruit profile, a soft tannin structure, fresh acidity and a long finish. A good Pinot.

by John Lewis on Thu, January 1st 1970

4 out of 5 - The HVD vineyard produces great whites, but this blend with The Hill vineyard fruit shows that the pinot noir vines planted in 1980 are also the goods. The wine is crimson, 13.2 per cent alcohol and has candied cherry scents. The front palate has lifted strawberry flavour, the middle palate loganberry, spice, anise and coconutty oak, while flinty tannins home in at the finish. Get it at the Broke Road, Pokolbin, cellar door, at tyrrells.com.au and in some wine stores. DRINK WITH: confit of duck with poached pear and date relish AGEING: eight years

by Gary Walsh on Thu, January 1st 1970

91 Points - Bright strawberry and raspberry fruit, gentle bunchy spice and vanilla oak. Medium bodied, light red fruited, crisp acidity, light grainy tannin and a clean finish. Touch of bunchy stalk firms up the finish. Somewhat cordial like as a young wine, but should develop well with a little bottle age. Tastes like Pinot and a good one at that.

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.

Trout Valley Estate Pinot Gris

Trout Valley Estate Pinot Noir

Brookdale Semillon

Vat 63 Chardonnay Semillon

by Gary Walsh, Wine Front on

93 Points - It’s a 60/40 blend of Chardonnay and Semillon. Pretty bath powder aromatics with white peach, spiced vanilla and lime. Light bodied, crisp and crunchy, lemon butter shot through with lime, gentle powdery texture and a twist of fresh herb and lemon rind in the aftertaste. Such a great drink these Chardonnay Semillon blends. Give it a few years to sort itself out, and it will sing sweetly. Closure : Screwcap. Drink : 2018 - 2028.

Vat 7 Shiraz

Vat 14 Cabernet Sauvignon

Vat 91 Chardonnay

Vat 15 Semillon

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+

Aged Liqueur Verdelho

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.

Fordwich Verdelho

Belford Single Vineyard Semillon

by James Halliday Wine Companion on

94 Points - Pale straw-green; a well-mannered chardonnay with not a hair out of place; its fruit flavour profile is very good, spanning melon, apple and white peach, the barrel ferment oak integrated, the acidity balanced. You'll look in vain for the touch of mongrel that might have lifted it into top class territory.

by Nick Stock on

93 points - This is the real deal with lemon curd and pear character. Stone undertones. Full and structured. All here. Chewy and fresh. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

by Lester Jesberg on

5 stars out of 5 - Much more restrained than the Stevens. It’s intense and tight, with steely acidity. Definitely a cellaring style.

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.

Moore’s Creek Sparkling Brut

Special Aged Tawny Port

Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage Port

by Marvin Shanken, Wine Spectator Insider Magazine on

99 Points - Powerful, refined and luscious, with a surplus of dark plum, kirsch and cassis flavors that are unctuous and long. Shows plenty of grip, presenting a long, full finish, filled with Asian spice and raspberry tart accents. Rich and chocolaty. One for the ages. Best from 2030 through 2060.

Dow’s 10 Year Old Tawny Port

Dow’s Fine Ruby Port

Ashman’s 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.

Moore’s Creek Shiraz

Moore’s Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Moore’s Creek Sauvignon Blanc

Moore’s Creek Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Moon Mountain Chardonnay

Trout Valley Reserve Pinot Gris

Trout Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Ra Nui Pinot Noir

Ra Nui Chardonnay

Ra Nui Sauvignon Blanc

by Sam Kim, Wine Orbit on

90 Points - A lovely expression of the Wairau Valley district, the fragrant bouquet shows Gala apple, nectarine, lemon peel and sweet basil notes. The palate is beautifully weighted and generously flavoured, delivering attractive fruit intensity backed by bright acidity, finishing long and crisp. Well proportioned and vibrant. At its best: now to 2019.

Moore’s Creek 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

Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz

by Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com on

98 Points - A brooding nose, deep inky iodine-like notes as well as dark cherry, plum and redder berries, this is a statement of purity and concentration, really impressive craftsmanship too. The palate has a silky and luscious feel, beautifully realised tannins, velvety, even and flawless, a core of sweet red plum flavour and a long, pure fruit finish. Masterful wine. Drink now and for 15+ years.

by James Halliday Wine Companion on

97 Points - This is stellar. The length, the breadth, the form, the immaculate rollout of tannin. It shows cherry plum, earth, violet and spice, but the sum of such humble parts is so much more than that. Milk chocolate from oak simply goes with the flow. We stand in the presence of something resembling greatness.

by Huon Hooke on

96 Points - Deep, bright, red/purple colour; the bouquet subtle, with dark fruits, spices and earthy, meaty nuances. The wine is full-bodied and very intense, showing good concentration and power, drive and precision, with great length and ample fine-grained tannins, which are superbly gentle. A core of fruit-sweetness adds charm and the tannins provide a clean, harmonious aftertaste that powers on and on. An outstanding Hunter shiraz.

Stevens Single Vineyard Semillon

by Jane Faulkner, James Halliday Wine Companion on

95 Points - Heady with white blossom and all manner of citrus notes especially lime zest and juice flavoured with lemon barley water. So lively and not even hinting at a journey towards aged complexity - it's taking its time.

by Gary Walsh, Wine Front on

93+ Points - Lime, light spice, subtle lettuce notes in the background, but love the crisp and fluid feel this wine has. Nice lines. Zesty finish and clarity of fruit. Needs a fair amount of cellar time of course. There's subdued power and understatement here. It's a good release.

HVD Single Vineyard Semillon

by James Halliday Wine Companion on

95 Points - There's a wonderful approach into this - nothing is out of place. Sit back and enjoy the evenness of its palate, the acidity almost softish, the lemongrass and slivers of glace lime, the texture: just the yumminess of it. Great drinking. To 2032.

by National Liquor News on

94 Points - High quality from the get go. Gentle toast & lanolin, a hint of melon & green apple. A star.
A youthful style filled with citrus, honeydew melon & lively acid backbone.

Vat 1 Hunter Semillon

by Jane Faulkner, James Halliday Wine Companion on

95 Points - The extra few years in bottle add another complex layer, a richness that still has the precise, lemon zesty acidity in tow. There's a herbal edge, fresh pine needles and lime curd tart. In a good place but plenty of life ahead of it. To 2025.

by James Halliday on

95 Points & Outstanding - lemon juice and lemon curd flavours follow logically from the bouquet, lemony acidity lingering long in the mouth after the wine is swallowed.

by Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2013 on

95 Points - A great result in the 2012 vintage, this has the trademark Tyrrell's class and concentration, mixing power with restraint. There's plenty of lime and white nectarine fruit on offer here, with a really lovely lean yet juicy palate, great acidity and drive. Terrific.

Old Winery Shiraz

Old Winery Cabernet Merlot

Old Winery Pinot Noir

Old Winery Traminer Riesling

Old Winery Chardonnay

Old Winery Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Old Winery Verdelho

Old Winery Sauvignon Blanc

Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz

by MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator (USA) on

90 Points - Black cherry and savory notes have rosemary and sage accents, with fresh, vibrant acidity and tannins that firm up on the finish. Shows good intensity and follow-through. Drink now through 2026.

by National Liquor News on

91 Points - Big Shiraz, pleasantly acidic finish, great fruit and very juicy. Good oak. Ripe, round and a decent hit of oak that remains balanced.

by Raymond Chan on

4 stars out of 5 - Dark, deep, black-hued red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The bouquet has aromas of complex, savoury earth-infused dark raspberry fruit and liquorice elements melded with nutty oak and suggestions of corruption and reduction. Full-bodied, the palate is well-proportioned with bright, lively and vibrant flavours of dark raspberries with plum and liquorice, complexed by cedar and mineral flavours. The mouthfeel is fresh, enlivened by bright acidity, and the fruit is underlined by fine-grained tannins lending a brisk, sinewy palate line. The wine carries to an elegant, lingering raspberry and earthy flavoured finish. This is a well-proportioned, vibrant and sweet-fruited Shiraz with raspberry, plum and liquorice flavours and savoury, earthy and mineral notes on a lively, sinewy palate. Match with lamb, beef, venison and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 5-6+ years. Fruit from Heathcote, Victoria, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 24 month in 10% new French oak.

Vat 47 Hunter Chardonnay

by Huon Hooke, The Real Review on

95 Points - Light to medium yellow colour, bright. The bouquet is fresh, youthful and alive, with lovely fresh clean citrusy fruit and a herbal note, the palate likewise generous but tightly-framed, focused and refined, with a long, long carry and great refinement. An ageworthy style.

by James Halliday Wine Companion on

95 Points - Tyrrell's made its first Vat 47 in '71 and soon embraced barrel fermentation in French oak, to all intents and purposes the leader of the pack, playing the same role that Max Lake had played with cabernet in '65-'66, so it's hardly surprising Tyrrell's is a skilled practitioner. Still a vibrant youthful straw-green; white peach and nectarine drive the engine on this lovely chardonnay; barrel ferment oak inputs and slinky acidity adding to the texture. Many of its gold medals and trophies were collected in '16, reflecting the overall complexity and balance of the wine.

by John Fordham, Sunday Telegraph on

More words of praise have followed the history of Vat 47 than any other Australian white wine. Born in the Hunter Valley 46 years ago as the nation's first commercially released chardonnay, this Andrew Spinaze-crafted effort sits at the very top of chardonnay's super-premium pecking order.