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Ra Nui Pinot Gris
by John Lewis on Sat, March 28th 2015
4/5 - Steve Hotchin was one of the founders of the Mount Riley brand in Marlborough, New Zealand in 1994 and he sold his stake in 2002 to establish the organic Ra Nui vineyard in the Wairau Valley, 3 kilometres south of Blenheim. The wines are distributed in Australia by the Hunter-based Tyrrell’s and are available in stores and restaurants. This pinot gris is pale straw, has musk scents and zips on to the front palate with lychee flavour. Lemongrass, pear and cinnamon elements combine on the middle and steely acid comes through at the finish. It was made from grapes grown on the Ra Nui Cob Cottage vineyard, which has a BioGro 5333 rating eschewing herbicides or pesticides. And Hotchin says much work on the vineyard is done by hand, “with no man-made synthetic products used”.
by Michael Cooper on Sat, March 21st 2015
Partly oak aged and made in a dry style. Full bodied, it is weighty and slightly creamy textured with fresh delicate citrus fruit, lychee and spice flavours, a touch of complexity and well rounded finish”
by Huon Hooke on Tue, December 15th 2015
Arguably the rarest and greatest of the clutch of Tyrrell’s single-vineyard shirazes, from one of the Hunter’s best red-wine years in living memory, this is tight, earthy-savoury, powerful and long. Ageing? Best 2020 to 2049. Drink this when…You can’t bear to leave it in the cellar any longer. Eat with…Aged parmigiana reggiano cheese.
by Gary Walsh on Fri, May 29th 2015
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.
Lost Block Chardonnay
by John Lewis on Mon, November 25th 2013
This latest version is brassy gold, has apricot scents and brings ripe white peach flavour to the front palate. Passionfruit, melon and creamy oak characters combine on the middle palate and the finish brings in flinty acid.
by Huon Hooke on Mon, December 9th 2013
Tyrrell’s chardonnays have been continuing to improve in recent years, becoming finer and tighter with less alcohol. Even this $18 label offers great alue. Nutty, lemon and lime -leaf aromas lead into a soft, round, ripe palate with good acidity as well as generous flavour. All this at just 12.5 per cent alcohol. Now to 2016.
by Chris Shanahan on Thu, February 20th 2014
At a modest 12.5 per cent alcohol, the wine delivers chardonnay’s stone fruit and melon varietal flavours on a fine, fresh palate, lifted in texture and flavour by maturation on spent yeast cells.
by James Halliday on Mon, March 10th 2014
Tyrrell’s has been making chardonnay for longer than anyone else in the Hunter Valley, and even at this price point delivers that bit of extra length and purity of varietal expression, little or no oak evident and ready now.
by Tony Love on Fri, April 25th 2014
Bargain chardonnay can be a gamble, and here’s one worth taking to discover a smart mix of what you may have heard of as the variety’s “new age” in Australia — a small dash only of oak, subtle malt and yeast-like backdrop notes and lovely stone fruit highlights to finish. Tasty, and great value on discount.
by James Halliday on
..this is a highly spicy and perfumed bouquet, with pepper, redcurrant and cranberry; light-bodied, with zesty acidity and a strong undergrowth bramble element; a fresh and lively young wine, best enjoyed in this manner.
by Gary Walsh on
Pepper, some slight green herbal notes… along with bramble and red fruits and a touch of sulphide/earth complexity. It’s light to medium bodied, fresh and tangy, red fruited, almost crisp….but lively, long and good to drink. Time will not be its enemy. Regional and true.
by Frank Smith (HAG News Perth) on Mon, April 15th 2013
Hunter Heroes Brokenback Shiraz shows aromas of red berry fruits with a very subtle lift of French oak. The palate has sweet fruit balanced by soft acid and tannin, resulting in a classic Hunter Shiraz. An ideal wine to accompany rich roasts of lamb or beef!
by Chris Shanahan on Mon, March 24th 2014
It’s a paradox of the hot Hunter Valley that it makes such idiosyncratic, medium-bodied, elegant reds, reminiscent of wine from a cooler climate. And in 2011, a cool and late season, the wines I’ve tasted to date are outstanding. Tyrrell’s made several shirazes in the vintage, and this, its lowest priced product, delivers huge value for money. It’s sourced from 10–40 year old vines in the vicinity of the Brokenback Range. Maturation in older oak barrels means mellowness, but no discernible oak flavour – allowing pure fruit flavour to sweeten the taut, medium-bodied palate.
by Ralph Kyte Powell on Tue, June 3rd 2014
Hunter tradition at a great price. Raspberry, plum, pepper, earth and leathery aromas lead through an inviting, middleweight palate. It’s soft and easy, with fine tannins in perfect balance and a fragrant aftertaste.
Stevens Single Vineyard Shiraz
by James Halliday on Mon, August 31st 2015
94 Points - From Neil Stevens’ highly regarded steep hillside vineyard with purple and ochre clay loams; open-fermented, hand-plunged, matured in two French 2700l casks for 16 months. Bright crimson, it offers a truly attractive mix of red and black fruits on the light to medium-bodied palate, scoring for its balance and length, not power.
Trout Valley Riesling
by John Lewis (Newcastle Herald) on Mon, March 24th 2014
4 1/2 glasses
The Kahurangi Estate has New Zealand’s South Island’s oldest riesling vines, planted in 1974. This 2011 Trout Valley Riesling showcases the quality of the fruit from he 40 year old vines. The wine is light gold with brassy tints and has aromatic ginger blossom scents. Elegant lemony flavour displays on the front of the palate and lime zest, green apple and subtle honey and toast characters combine on the middle palate. Mineral-edged acid holds sway at the finish. It would be great with pan-fried trout with cracked pepper and lemon juice.
Echo Beach Cabernet Merlot
by Mike Frost on Fri, April 26th 2013
The Hunter’s Tyrrell family has headed west to produce this Margaret River red that shows blackcurrant and plum fruit, mint and leafy characters on the nose and palate and a soft tannin finish. It’d go well over the next year of two with grilled lamb cutlets or lamb and rosemary sausages.
by James Halliday Wine Companion on Fri, May 3rd 2013
It might be a long way from Margaret River, but that hasn’t stopped Hunter Valley winery Tyrrell’s from releasing two wines from the west cost in the new Echo Beach range. Fittingly, the wines showcase Margaret River’s vinuous strengths, with a Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and a Cabernet Merlot 2011.
by John Lewis on Thu, April 11th 2013
4 1/2 glasses
The 14 per cent alcohol cabernet sauvignon-merlot blend is brick red with purple tints and has ripe plum aromas. Spicy blackcurrant flavour unfolds on the front of the palate and peppermint, mineral, mulberry and toasty oak character chime in on the middle palate. The finish brings in earthy tannins.
by National Liquor News on Fri, May 3rd 2013
Soft and silky with aromas of blackcurrant, mulberry, mint cassis and spice.
by Tony Keys on Fri, May 24th 2013
It’s the same soft fruity style of construction as the Langhorne Creek shiraz. There is a similarity yet the grape varieties are different and the regions thousands of kilometers apart.
Vat 8 Hunter Shiraz Cabernet
by James Halliday on Tue, September 30th 2014
93 points (Highly Recommended) - This vintage is All Hunter, All Class. The small Cabernet component is the first crop from Robin Drayton’s vineyard – planted with cuttings sourced from Lake’s Folly. For a Tyrrell’s Hunter wine it’s a buxom and comely style – and I like it a lot. Choc-liquorice and Montelimar, violet, a seasoning of pepper, blue and black fruit and suggestion of mint. It’s round and plump with plenty of fruit weight, but only really medium bodied. Ripe sweet tannin and plenty of length. Really like this. It’s the most approachable of the current releases, though I’d wait a couple of years before tucking in. The best Vat 8 in a fair while.
by Robert Parker on Mon, June 30th 2014
91+ points - Medium garnet-purple in color, the 2011 Winemaker’s Selection Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet shows an expressive nose of warm cassis, crushed plums and blackberry preserves with nuances of cinnamon toast and Chinese five spice. Medium-bodied and tautly fruited in the mouth, it fills the palate with youthful black fruit and finely grained tannins before finishing long and refreshing.
by Gary Walsh - www.winefront.com.au on
93+ Points - This vintage is All Hunter, All Class. The small Cabernet component is the first crop from Robin Drayton’s vineyard – planted with cuttings sourced from Lake’s Folly. For a Tyrrell’s Hunter wine it’s a buxom and comely style – and I like it a lot. Choc-licorice and Montelimar, violet, a seasoning of pepper, blue and black fruit and suggestion of mint. It’s round and plump with plenty of fruit weight, but only really medium bodied. Ripe sweet tannin and plenty of length. Really like this. It’s the most approachable of the current releases, though I’d wait a couple of years before tucking in. The best Vat 8 in a fair while.
by John Lewis - Newcastle Herald on
5 Glasses - Here’s a happy marriage of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon that drinks well now and will pay dividends for long-term cellaring. It is bright magenta and has scents of ripe black cherries and caramel. Profound Satsuma plum flavour dominates the front of the palate and fruit elements of blackberry, mint and dark chocolate meld with restrained cedary oak on the middle palate.
by James Halliday on Mon, February 1st 2016
Produced from 106yo vines on the HVD 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.
by Northern Daily Newspaper on Mon, May 13th 2013
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.