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Vat 63 Chardonnay Semillon

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Brokenback Shiraz

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

92 points

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.

Trout Valley Estate 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.

Vat 1 Hunter Semillon (PRE-RELEASE)

by Lester Jesberg on

4.5 stars out of 5 - The fresh, lemony nose is full of life, and the palate is intense and linear. An impressive 2015.

Ashman’s Brut

by Northern Daily Newspaper on Mon, May 13th 2013

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.

Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut

by Huon Hooke on

90 points

Palish light yellow. Good bready yeast autolysis and pinot noir interactions provide a complex bouquet that belies its three years on lees. Full, soft and rich in the mouth with ample flavour and freshness despite not having very apparent acidity, and a clean and relatively dry finish. An impressive result from a region not noted for sparkling wine.

Lost Block Shiraz

by Frank Smith on Thu, January 1st 2015

Tyrrells 2013 Lost Block Shiraz has Viognier added to create a point of difference from traditional Shiraz styles. The aroma is of ripe cooked plums and elegant peppery spice which is lifted by the floral perfume of the Viognier. The flavours are reminiscent of fresh black cherries mixed with fine dark chocolate. The result is a soft, fresh, drinkable Shiraz with a clean morish finish.

by Drinks on Thu, January 1st 2015

Rich and ripe cooked plum and peppery spice aromatics. On the palate, flavours are reminiscent of fresh blackb cherries, mixed with fine dark chocolate. Rounded Tannins and a clean morish finish.

by Illawarra Mercury on Sat, December 6th 2014

I really like the quirky labels on the mid-range Lost Block range that reflects Tyrrell’s willingness to operate well beyond its Hunter Valley base. Heathcote is a highly regard red region in central Victoria and this early-drinking wine has soft tannins and rich, velvety fruit flavours

by Drinks Weekly on Fri, November 28th 2014

Tyrell’s Lost Block Range was born when an impending storm forced the winemaking crew to abandon a prized block of Hunter semillon to pick less storm resilient grapes. Picked days later, the ‘lost block’ produced wines were found to have such impressive character that it was decided it should receive a label of its own. The 2013 Lost Block Shiraz, dark and vibrant in hue, was sourced from the Heathcote Vineyard and offers rich aromas of ripe cooked plums and elegant peppery spice. On the palate, flavours are reminiscent of fresh black cherries mixed with fine dark chocolate. A rounded tannin structure and clean morish finish.

Lost Block Semillon

by Chris Shanahan on Sun, December 20th 2015

Tyrrell’s offers a range of Hunter semillons from the austere, long-lived Vat 1 to this approachable Lost Block. It’s low in alcohol (11 per cent) and light and fresh on the palate, with the region’s delicious lemongrass- and citrus-like flavours. It’s one of Australia’s distinctive regional specialties.