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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.

Stevens Single Vineyard Semillon

by Tyson Stelzer on

92 Points - This is a rich vintage for Stevens, reflecting the warmth of the 2010 summer. This adds tropical notes of paw paw and guava to its lemon and lime zest profile. Textural acidtiy keeps it all in check, and it finishes long.

Belford Single Vineyard Chardonnay

by Jim McMahon on Mon, May 4th 2015

If you thought chardonnay was out of fashion the 2012 Tyrrell’s single vineyard Belford Chardonnay – could revive your interest in this variety. Yellow with a green rim, it has a complex nose of mild yeast, apricots and peach. The palate has a lovely textural character. A long dry, firm acid finish with plenty to talk about including the price.

by Ray Jordan on Sun, March 1st 2015

95 Points - This is such a beautifuly textured chardonnay, displaying wonderful subtley and finesse. Comes from a dry grown vineyeard planted in 1991 and treated with hand picking and basket pressing through to completing fermentation in a mix of new and seasoned oak. The result is wonderful balance and poise, with a persustent long palate. Excellent.

by Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times on Wed, January 21st 2015

5 Stars out of 5 - Tyrrell’s led Australia’s charge into chardonnay decades ago, albeit misnamed “pinot chardonnay” for many years on its Vat 47 label. In theory the Hunter ought to be too warm to make cutting edge chardonnay. But Tyrrell’s top version, Belford and Vat 47, easily stand alongside more expensive wines from cooler southern regions. Belford 2012 lifts even higher in quality than usual, offering quite powerful chardonnay fruit flavour on a fine, richly-textured palate, subtly seasoned by partial fermentation and maturation in French oak barrels. The wine bears two trophies, four gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

by John Lewis, Newcastle Herald on Sat, December 20th 2014

5 Glasses out of 5 - For two years I have observed the swag of wine show gold trophies and gold medals collected by this Hunter Valley white. Now it has been released and come to my tasting bench -and my taste tests prove it’s been worth waiting for. It’s brassy gold in the glass and has pear and vanilla bean aromas. Profound yellow nectarine flavour comes through on the front palate and melon, preserved lemon and mineral fruit characters integrate with cashew oak on the mid palate. Slaty acid unfolds at the finish. It’s available at Tyrrell’s Broke road Pokolbin Cellar door, on Tyrrells.com.au and in fine wine stores. It’s made family and leased and managed by Tyrrell’s.

by James Halliday (2015 Wine Companion) on

95 Points - This has awesome drive and intensity to its mix of grapefruit and white stone fruit flavours, barrel-ferment oak not at all boshie. The only caveat is to drink it over the next 3-5 years.

HVD Single Vineyard Semillon

by Ben Canaider on Sun, February 1st 2015

The Hunter Valley and semillon grapes combine to make one of the world’s great white wines. The grapes have a piercing acidity and freshness when young and they age very well. This vineyard —planted in 1908 by the Hunter Valley Distillery Company — is considered the place for this regional classic.

by Jim MacMahon on Mon, December 8th 2014

I tasted a selection of top Hunter Valley- based Tyrrell’s Single Vineyard semillons recently. The winery and its vineyards are without peer when it comes to making semillons in the region. It virtually scoops all the major awards for this white variety, with grapes grown on vineyards dating back to 1911 and before.

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The 2009 HVD Semillon offers lime and herbs on the nose which also show through on the palate. A fine texture and acid to match.

by Ray Jordan on Sat, November 29th 2014

93 Points -A restrained and still very young semillon retaining a fresh and zippy feel in the mouth. Lovely acid with a twist of lemon on the finish. Fine and precise, with a very long finish. Has good cellaring potential.

by James Halliday (2015 Wine Companion) on Tue, September 30th 2014

94 Points - Glowing straw green. It looks and then tastes electric. Rich but lively. Lime, honey, green herbs, whispers of fennel and lanolin. Time has brought an attractive satiny texture. Length is assured. In immaculate shape.

by N/A on Tue, September 9th 2014

This is made from grapevines planted in 1908 by the Hunter Valley Distillery Company, in a Hunter vintage described as near-perfect. It’s just starting to emerge from, the cocoon that probably made it near unapproachable in its youth and is an absolute joy to drink.

by Lisa Perrotti-Brown on

92 Points - The 2009 HVD Semillon explodes with aromas of waxy lemon and lime zest plus nuances of coriander and cumin seeds and a dusting of chalk. Very crisp and nervy. Plenty of citrusy flavor intensity. A little mineral. Long finish.

Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz

by Robert Parker on Mon, June 30th 2014

93+ Points - Medium garnet-purple in color and scented of crushed blackberries, wild blueberries and black cherry coulis plus nuances of licorice, pepper, dried herbs and forest floor, the 2011 Winemaker’s Selection Vat 9 Shiraz packs the fruit into an elegant, medium-bodied package with a good amount of complex flavor layers already emerging. It is supported by medium to firm, grainy tannin’s and finishes long.

by Tyson Stelzer on Tue, June 10th 2014

96 Points - This classic projects a tannin texture and seamless fragrance similar to Pinot Noir. It is a pretty, elegant Vat 9 of effortless poise and understated black fruits.

by Newcastle Herald on Fri, April 18th 2014

5 Glasses - The Vat 9’s have long been Tyrrell’s flagship red and this 2011 is an archetypal medium-bodied Hunter shiraz that promises to cellar well. It has 12.9 per cent alcohol, is bright magenta and has cassis scents. Silky smooth plum flavour features on the front of the palate and black cherry, spice and licorice fruit characters meld with subtle vanillin oak on the middle palate. The finish introduces dusty tannins. It is the product of painstaking care at the Tyrrell’s winery, with fruit hand-picked, destemmed, but not crushed, before being given a cold soak for 48 hours. After fermentation in open-top vats, the berries are pressed in Tyrrell’s 1970s Bucher basket press.

by Chris Shanahan on Fri, April 11th 2014

5 Stars - Where vignerons in much of eastern Australia struggled in the cold, wet 2011 vintage, Hunter winemakers turned out remarkable Shiraze’s, like Tyrrell’s Vat 9. Always a regional benchmark of the medium bodied, long-lived style, Vat 9 in 2011 shows the extra fruit intensity of the good season. It’s sourced from old vines (average age 50 years) grown in the red volcanic soils of the Weinkeller and Short Flat vineyards on Tyrrell’s Ashmans property. Made from hand-picked fruit, fermented in open vats and matured in large format French-oak casks (2700-litre), the wine reveals the delicious flavour of outstanding fruit, gently handled. Maturation in oak, apart from polishing the silky tannins, gave a liveliness and aromatic lift that completes a harmonious, gentle, sensuous wine.

by Ralph Kyte Powell (The Age) on Mon, April 7th 2014

94 Points - Vat 9 2011 sums up the classic Hunter Valley regional style. Subtly complex on the nose, it has a core of raspberry, floral and spice aromas, touched by regional earthiness. Classically understated like the great Hunter ‘‘burgundies’’ of old, Vat 9 has soft, refined flavours, fine-grained tannins and a beautifully sustained aftertaste. Alc: 12.9 per cent. Drink over 15 years. Food ideas: Roast beef; char-grilled chicken.

by Wine Taste Weekly on Thu, March 20th 2014

96 Points - Vat 9 is one of the great success stories of the Hunter, and the Tyrrell’s team names the eradication of brettanomyces from the winery in the last decade as perhaps the biggest development in the company’s history. The result is a purity, an effortlessness, an elegance and a delightfully characteristic medium-bodied Hunter Burgundy restraint. Its tannin texture and seamless fragrance are reminiscent of cool climate pinot noir. Once a blend of the best barrels, today Vat 9 encompasses the same three vineyards each year, with lesser barrels declassified, producing a grand total of just 1,500 cases. It’s dynamic and vibrant, with understated black plum and black cherry fruit and subtle violet aromas.

by James Halliday (2014 Wine Companion) on Mon, December 2nd 2013

97 Points & Outstanding - Bright, clear crimson-purple; from the oldest and best blocks on the estate Ashmans Vineyard, with its striking red volcanic clay soils; hand-picked and fermented in open vats before maturation for 16 months in new and used 2700-litre French casks. However good Johnno’s Shiraz may be, this wine has greater intensity, drive and length, with persistent fine tannins and positive but balanced oak.

by Gary Walsh on Mon, November 18th 2013

94 Points - Chocolate box, mixed berries, touch of spicy oak richness and subtle menthol and pepper top notes. It’s gentle and composed with a lovely creamy mouth-feel, balanced acidity and a little chop of tannin pulling through on the finish. A very good Vat 9 – plump and delicious. Age-worthy of course.

Vat 1 Hunter Semillon

by Gary Walsh on Fri, October 31st 2014

95 Point - Lemon powder and subtle tropical notes, but largely drenched in freshly squeezed lime. It has richness and intensity of flavour but remains tangy and zesty – the acid line feels tight and secure – enough to anchor it safely for many years. Sails through the mouth and coasts effortlessly long through the finish. In short, a richer style, but a beautiful Vat 1.

by James Halliday (Australian Wine companion 2015) on

94 Points & Outstanding - Only a small portion of Vat 1 is released when young to its mail list customers; the wine has very good structure to its citrus and mineral flavours; despite its alcohol, is very tight and focused, ready for the decades to come.

by Robert Parker on

94 + Points - The 2010 Winemaker’s Selection Vat 1 Semillon has youthfully mute aromas of lemon peel, fresh grass, chalk boards, fresh lime juice and grapefruit. Very crisp, dry and light-bodied, it possesses an excellent concentration of citrus and mineral flavors, finishing long.

by Lisa Perrotti-Brown on Fri, October 31st 2014

94 + Points - Vat 1 Semillon is fermented in stainless steel, spending a short time on lees in tank prior to bottling. Itsees no oak. The 2010 Winemaker’s Selection Vat 1 Semillon has youthfully mute aromas of lemon peel, fresh grass, chalk boards, fresh lime juice and grapefruit. Very crisp, dry and light-bodied, it possesses an excellent concentration of citrus and mineral flavors, finishing long.

by Alan Hunter on Sat, January 24th 2015

94 Points - Semillon is a grape from which Australians have crafted a unique style. In young wines it presents as high in acid and lemon-centred fruit, with age building layers of toast, nuts and honeyed nuance. A class act from one of the first wine families.

by Tyson Stelzer on

94 Points - …goodness, there is fruit concentration and persistence packed in. Pure lemon zest with hints of madeleine on the bouquet; the palate is layered with lemon, lime, red apples and nutmeg. Tuck in!

Old Winery Shiraz

by James Halliday on

Spicy red fruits, with cranberry and sage; medium bodied, forward, fleshy and accessible, with taut acidity and a very drinkable finish; luncheon wine in every respect.

by Tony Love on

The serious stuff: Using two of its regionally diverse vineyards across the country that go into higher-level wines, this is unashamedly designed as ripe, sweet fruited shiraz with raspberry, cinnamon, and vanillin oak influences. The fun stuff: Soft, lush and easy drinking for red novices without too many complexities to get in the way of a good time.

Old Winery Cabernet Merlot

by Winestate on

Sweet plum cake of a nose and a soft, round blueberry palate. A very nice quaffing wine.

by James Halliday on

As the label indicates, a SA/WA blend for those with the ability to sell wine (particularly at this price) opportunities to buy in bulk abound this has good black and red berry fruit flavours, and enough structure to satisfy.

Old Winery Traminer Riesling

by Drinks Trade Magazine on

Lifted musky, sweet nose with muscat characters. Elegant and bright with balanced acid and sugar. A medium-sweet light style, with honey flavours, floral notes; simple, juicy and easy drinking.

Old Winery Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

by Tyson Stelzer on

89 points

East meets west in this Hunter/WA blend, capturing the crunch of granny smith, the zest of lime and lemon and the freshness of cut grass, softened with a subtle touch of fruit sweetness.

by Geraldton Guardian on

The Semillon characteristics dominate this blend sourced from many regions. Zesty, restrained and fresh, with aromas of lemon and grass showing. Flavours of grass and semi-sweet lemon tickle the tongue and are balanced with smack of acidity provided by the Sauvignon Blanc. When it comes to this variety the price is right, and so is the palate. Tyrrell’s has made it for the market, and for everyone that enjoys an SSB with slightly lower alcohol content, it is just the ticket.

by Winestate on

Delicate nose with pretty, floral nuances. Lovely fruit expression on the palate, with a big residual sugar finish and firm, crisp acidity to balance.

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