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Stevens Single Vineyard Shiraz

by John Lewis (Newcastle Herald) on Mon, March 17th 2014

Rating: 5 Glasses

Here’s an archetypal, 13 per cent alcohol Hunter shiraz from the fine 2011 vintage. It is medium-bodied and ruby red, with gamey scents. Spiced blackcurrant flavour zings on to the front of the palate and the middle palate brings forwards Maraschino cherry, peppermint, herb and licorice fruit characters and subtle savoury oak. Dusty tannins feature at the finish. It is made from grapes grown on Neil Stevens’s Old Hillside vineyard, regarded by Tyrrell’s managing direct Bruce Tyrrell as one of the best shiraz sites in the Hunter Valley. DRINK WITH: duck a l’orange
AGEING: 12 years

by Rick Allen (Manly Daily) on Mon, April 7th 2014

This is a single vineyard wine from Tyrrell’s’ Hunter Valley heartland and it sits mid-range in their substantial red wine portfolio. It’s typical Hunter - medium weight, nothing too big, easy drinking but with enough interest on the palate to keep you coming back for more. Ripe, mixed berry fruit holds centre stage and does it with some aplomb. Good drinking.

by Chris Shanahan on Fri, April 11th 2014

4 stars

Stevens Shiraz shows a family resemblance to Vat 9, but in a distinctly brawnier style. It offers the rich, juicy fruit flavours of the good season, with an underlying earthiness and savouriness, backed by solid, but soft, tannins. The grapes come from the Stevens family vineyard in Pokolbin, the traditional heart of the lower Hunter region. Tyrrell’s says the oldest vines on the block were planted in 1867 and “may be the oldest vines still in production in the Hunter Valley”.

by Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) on

91+ points

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.

Vat 47 Hunter Chardonnay

by Gary Walsh on Thu, May 22nd 2014

96 points

Struck match, cashew and almond, lime and peach. Medium bodied, mouth-filling palate, crystal clear limey acidity, power and style, but not heavy. Silky feel. Crisp flinty finish, that’s so pure and long. It’s all here. Best young Vat 47 I can remember.

Fordwich Verdelho

by Robert Parker - eRobertParker.com on

88 Points.

Fordwich Verdelho is an early drinking style wine with aromas of limes, tropical fruit sweetness and a crisp, acid finish. Serve chilled with spicy food.

by Huon Hooke on

This verdelho is a refreshing dry wine with balanced alcohol and a clean, dry palate. The aromas are of straw and lemon and it’s a typical Hunter Valley dry white: good with food and not loaded up with sugar for the mass market.

by Frank Smith on

Fordwich Verdelho is an early drinking style wine with aromas of limes, tropical fruit sweetness and a crisp, acid finish. Serve chilled with spicy food.

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 Merlot

by Jim McMahon (Corkscrew) on Mon, August 25th 2014

Here I offer you the Tyrrell’s Lost Block 2013 Merlot complete with new livery and design which really makes it stand out on the supermarket shelves. Bright crimson in colour with a vibrant pink hue, the nose offers aromatic blackcurrant and cinnimon flaviours. On the plate the iwne is soft and fruity with minimal tannin pick-up. The soft fruit texture is what merlot is about, and this medium-bodied wine finishes soft and fruity with dark cherries and plum flavours standing out.

by Jim McMahon (Food Service Magazine) on Mon, February 17th 2014

Vibrant purple with a lovely pink rim, the nose consists of aromatic blackcurrent and black olive flavours. The palate is soft and fruit-driven with minimal tannins evident. A dry, easy drinking style with a persistent fruit driven finish.

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