Reviews

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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.

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.

Ra Nui Pinot Noir

by Winestate on Fri, April 18th 2014

Medium-bodied style, with cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, showing some savoury complexity, and gentle tannins.

Ra Nui Sauvignon Blanc

by Michael Cooper on Wed, February 4th 2015

Mouthfilling and well rounded, with very good body, balance ripeness and depth.…….It is already drinking well

by Bob Campbell on Wed, February 4th 2015

Bright fresh Sauvignon Blanc with pure pink grapefruit, guava, passionfruit and ripe apple flavours. Gently aromatic wine with an ethereal texture. A delicate and appealing style

by Illawarra Mercury on Mon, March 10th 2014

From the Wairau Valley in New Zealand’s famous Marlborough wine district. Distributed in Australia by Hunter Valley producer Tyrrell’s, it’s a stylish savvy, dry and restrained with a small portion matured in French oak, citrus and tropical fruit flavours, herbal characters and zippy acidity.

by Jim McMahon on Mon, March 17th 2014

This wine is typical of what the region does best. It offers a youthful green/pale straw colour. The palate offers mouth-watering passionfruit with grassy herbaceous overtones which cut right through. The crisp acidity on the finish is dry and intense.

by Jane Thompson (Taste Magazine) on Fri, April 11th 2014

This fruit-driven white pairs with creamy white chocolate like passionfruit and pavlova.

by Winestate on Fri, April 18th 2014

Fresh, citrusy and limey, with mouth-filling body, tight acidity and a dry, lingering finish.

Lunatiq Heathcote Shiraz

by James Halliday (2015 Australian Wine Companion) on

94 Points - Light to medium purple-crimson; a fresh and juicy blend of red, blue and black fruits provide a fragrant bouquet and a supple, fresh light to medium-bodied palate with good line and length.

by Tyson Stelzer on Mon, March 24th 2014

95 points - Classic Heathcote shiraz, in the most elegant guise. Tyrrell’s vineyard is now twenty years old, and in 2012 it put forth lovely purity and focus of black plum and blackberry fruit. Refined tannins, vibrant acid focus and supportive dark chocolate French oak (30% new) unite to build finely textured structure, seamless line and lingering persistence.

by Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE on

An exceptional wine sourced from the oldest and most reliable vines growing in highly prized red Cambrian soil within Tyrrell’s Heathcote vineyard. Dark red in colour, Lunatiq Shiraz shows dark and brooding aromas with hints of chocolate and plum lifted by cinnamon spiced French oak. All the dark fruit flavours are framed on the palate by rich, layered fruit tannins, tight powdery fine-grained oak and the classic mineral texture you get from great Heathcote wines. This wine is starting to hit its straps now and it will also reward with careful cellaring.

by James Halliday (2014 Australian Wine Companion) on

95 Points & Outstanding - Very attractive, gently spiced red and black fruits immediately spring from the bouquet, then lead the energetic and highly focused medium-bodied palate with great fruit purity; the tannins are fine, the finish very long. Drinking well to 2030.

by West Australian on

92 Points - Captures the style of Heathcote perfectly. Tyrrell’s is making some terrific wines from its investment in this Victorian region. The name has something to do with the lunar phases, but I won’t try to interpret it. Grainy and precisely elegant shiraz with minerally gravelly characters emerging through the palate. Beautifully balanced and presented wine.