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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.

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.

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 Tyson Stelzer on Sun, February 1st 2015

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.

by Huon Hooke on Mon, December 8th 2014

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

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!

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