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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.

Moon Mountain Chardonnay

by Dan Murphy's Wine pannel on Sun, March 1st 2015

92 Points - Fresh Green Melon Flavours and cleansing crisp acidity of modern-style Chardonnay mellow the richness or spice in seafood dishes

Rufus Stone McLaren Vale Cabernet Malbec

by Kerry Skinner - Illawarra Mercury on

Cabernet and malbec work wonderfully together, especially when it comes from a stellar vintage like this one. Matured in French oak for 16 months this Bordeaux-influenced blend is hearty winter drinking with its layers of black and blueberry fruit, integrated spice, chocolate and supple tannins.

by John Lewis - Newcastle Herald on

4 1/2 / 5 Glasses - Rufus Stone is Tyrrell’s premium brand from beyond its Hunter homeland and this 14 per cent alcohol blend of 77 per cent cabernet sauvignon and 23 per cent malbec has scents of violets and mulberries. The front palate has zesty blackberry flavour, followed up by elements of peppermint, licorice, cloves and cedary oak. Earthy tannins show at the finish

by Jeff Collerson - Daily Telegraph on

Hunter Valley’s Tyrrell’s went to South Australia’s McLaren Vale for this mix of 77 per cent cabernet sauvignon, the rest malbec. Cabernet provides blackcurrant fruit and earthy tannins, malbec and lush plummy characters.

by Huon Hooke - Gourmet Traveller WINE on

92 Points - This must be one of the more enjoyable McLaren Vale cabernets of recent times. Concentrated berry-fruit aromas, blossoming rich and fruit-sweet in the mouth, with density and ample tannins. Wine of symmetry and style.

by John Fordham - Highlife Magazine on

92 Points - Fourteen years ago, the family-owned Hunter Valley winery Tyrrell’s decided it needed to search for other premium regions to source first-rate fruit to power its red wines. They settled in Heathcote in Victoria and McLaren Vale in South Australia. From these areas have come wines under the Rufus Stone label. This 77-23 per cent cabernet sauvignon-malbec blend delivers a magical balance of fruit, the latter providing an exceptional influence of spicy rich flavours to match cabernet sauvignon’s elegance.

by Andrew Stubbs - National Liquor News on

Dark forest fruits with minty notes.

by Tom Lynar on

Well balanced with great fruit characters and integrated oak.

by Senior Lifestyle South Coast on

The McLaren Vale Cabernet Malbec is also shaping up to be one of the best to date thanks to a stellar cabernet vintage…this year the cabernet was a near perfect balance of fruit and tannin, and only 23% malbec was needed to maintain the ‘style’ by introducing rich, black berry and spicy game characters. The McLaren Vale Cabernet Malbec was matured in 40% new French Bordeaux coopered oak for 18 months prior to bottling.  

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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