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HVD & The Hill Pinot Noir

by James Halliday on Wed, April 1st 2015

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 Fri, January 16th 2015

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 Fri, January 16th 2015

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, May 22nd 2014

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.

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”

Trout Valley Pinot Noir

by John Lewis (Newcastle Herald) on Mon, March 24th 2014

4 glasses

This 2012 pinot noir has 13.5 per cent alcohol and is ruby red in the glass. The nose has bouquet gami aromas and the front of the palate brings forth spicy cherry flavour. Fruit characters of raspberry, basil and capers meld with toasty oak nuances and the finish shows ferric tannins.

by Rick Allen on Fri, April 18th 2014

A friendly enough, well-priced New Zealand pinot, with fruit sourced from Nelson, right at the top of the south island. It’s not the most complex pinot you’ll taste, but it’s easy drinking, soft, and fruit driven. Cherries and red berry fruits are underpinned by darker currants. Would team beautifully with duck or fish. Good quaffing.

Johnno’s Shiraz

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

4 Glasses

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

89 Points

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

90 points

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.

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 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)

by Robert Parker on Mon, June 30th 2014

91+ points

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

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.

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.

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