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.
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Medium-bodied style, with cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, showing some savoury complexity, and gentle tannins.
Mouthfilling and well rounded, with very good body, balance ripeness and depth.…….It is already drinking well
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
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.
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.
This fruit-driven white pairs with creamy white chocolate like passionfruit and pavlova.
Fresh, citrusy and limey, with mouth-filling body, tight acidity and a dry, lingering finish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
95 Points - Gleaming straw-green; the bouquet immediately tells you this has reached the first level of maturity – the first plenitude, as Richard Geoffroy, Dom Perignon winemaker, would say. The palate is in lockstep with the bouquet, honey and light brown toast making an appearance, acidity and ever-present reminder that there is no need to rush.
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.
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.
94 Points - Pale straw-green; a well-mannered chardonnay with not a hair out of place; its fruit flavour profile is very good, spanning melon, apple and white peach, the barrel ferment oak integrated, the acidity balanced. You’ll look in vain for the touch of mongrel that might have lifted it into top class territory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
95 Points - The HVD vineyard was planted in 1908. Despite a touch of spritz, this has started down its development path with the first hint of honey joining the lively, tangy lemon/lemongrass flavours, the acidity crisp and reassuring.
94 Points - The more I taste the fruits of this vineyard, the more I adore it. And look at the price!. This year is a bright and crisp expression with crunchy apple fruit and mouth watering acidity. It’s loaded up with everything - great concentration and richness, fine minerality and a long finish.
93 Points - Very light yellow. Fragrant, slightly floral nose, lovely lemony fresh semillon with a degree of richness. Soft and refined in mouth, delicate and subtle but also has softness and a hint of richness that invites you in. Already very approachable
95 Points - From two dry-grown blocks with an average age of 60 years. Five years have passed since the wine was made, but it’s oh so young and fresh, with years of life in front of it; its balance and length are faultless, so its future is gold-plated, but I must point it as it is today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Sweet plum cake of a nose and a soft, round blueberry palate. A very nice quaffing wine.
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.