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NVC Shiraz

by Gary Walsh on Fri, May 29th 2015

94 Points - 290 dozen produced. Vineyard planted 1921, but run down and given Tyrrell love to bring it back into the fold. The grapes used to go into Brokenback until the quality was right to move it up. In 2011 some was good enough to go into Vat 9. There’s two parts to this vineyard, offers rosy cheeked winemaker Chris Tyrrell, and this is the best barrel from the good part of the vineyard, the other section still goes to Brokenback.

Old Hut Shiraz

by Gary Walsh on Fri, May 29th 2015

94+ Points - 600 dozen. A new vineyard was planted in 2003, with cuttings from 4 acres, no irrigation. Do it tough, grapes. The original idea was to produce grapes for Vat 9, but for now bottled as a single. Until now, the grapes went into Brokenback: that Brokenback has seen it all over the years, eh! Aged in two year old puncheons. Bottled by men in tight shorts.

Stevens Single Vineyard Shiraz

by Gary Walsh on Fri, May 29th 2015

95 Points - 1600 dozen. Tyrrell’s leased and manage the Stevens vineyard. Shiraz goes into newer big wood (2700L) that’s from one to three years old, then finished in older barriques – got to make room in the big casks for the next vintage. This wine split the panel last night, with Fluffy Hair Adair and The Horse not being such fans, while Señor Guitteeerez and myself thought it superb

Hunter Valley Shiraz

by Mike Bennie on Sun, February 15th 2015

91 Points - It’s not a Vat wine or a single vineyard wine, though the label states that it is ‘baby brother’ to Vat 9. No RRP on the bottle so a guess that this is $20-odd; hope so, that would be great value. Spends time in large format, older oak, gets made similarly to Vat and Single Vineyards but is a blend across vineyards. Nice wine this – feels like essence of Hunter Valley Shiraz. Medium bodied with savoury tannins drawling through the wine. Offers up red fruits, dustiness but not too much, and light, washy acidity keeps things fresh. It might lack some stuffing but it’s pitch-perfect as an example of Hunter and drinkability with savouriness. Crunch and chew in the finish lends a hand. Better than you think.

by John Rozentals on Sat, January 24th 2015

Alongside semillon, shiraz is the other grape variety that the Hunter is renowned for. It’s medium-bodied compared with a South Australian blockbuster and hence more versatile in terms of food options. I’d suggest roast beef with steamed potatoes, baby carrots and snowpeas.

Hunter Valley Chardonnay

by John Lewis on Wed, March 18th 2015

4 out of 5 - Part of Tyrrell’s new‘‘Baby Brothers’’ range, this good-value white is kin to the Vat 47 chardonnays. It is light gold with brassy tints and has scents of stone fruit and crushed almonds. The front of the palate introduces smooth, ripe white nectarine flavour and the middle palate brings in lemon curd, gunmetal and marzipan fruit characters integrated with restrained cashewoak. Flinty acid comes through at the finish. DRINK WITH: chicken tenderloins with mango and roasted macadamia nuts

by Gary Walsh on Thu, February 19th 2015

90 Points - A new range from Tyrrell’s that sits below the Vat wines, but represents the Hunter Valley. Good branding and marketing. If were involved in such pursuits, it’s what I would have done myself. There’s a Semillon, a Shiraz and a Chardonnay.Peach, mixed citrus, gentle vanilla and cedar oak and some wheatgerm. Medium bodied, juicy fruit, but with some restraint,  limey acidity offset with a dab of cream and almond. Good length. Acid freshens the aftertaste, but does not twang. This is nicely done: meets the modern and traditional schools of Hunter Chardonnay in the middle playground.

by Australian Gourmet Traveller on Wed, April 1st 2015

NEW FAVOURITE - Tyrrell’s Largest range of wines - a semillon, a shiraz and this delicious tangy chardonnay - has much of the class Vat 47, but a fraction of the price.

Hunter Valley Semillon

by Fergus McGhie on Sat, February 28th 2015

As far as semillon goes, there’s really only one region that can claim it as their star variety and that’s the Hunter Valley. The Hunter style has evolved over the years and it’s well known for its incredible ability to age gracefully for a decade or more while still being a light fine wine in its youth. Typical Hunter Valley semillons are picked relatively early to achieve freshness and zesty acidity. Alcohol levels are therefore usually a little lower too. This latest Tyrrells semillon is a crunchy lightweight 11.5% alcohol, perfect for summer quaffing. It has the trademark lemon citrus fruit flavours and aromas of the best Hunter semillons too and although it’s a lighter wine, there’s no shortage of flavour here either. The higher end Tyrrells semillons tend to be more restrained in their youth so I suspect this entry level wine is made for earlier consumption.Advertisement It would be quite easy to enjoy this wine on its own but it would be a great accompaniment a piece of grilled fish or any light simple dish. Of course you could also leave it in your cellar for another five to 10years, the result would be worth the wait.

by Qhareview on Tue, January 27th 2015

A modern, approachable wine for all occasions, the Hunter Valley Semillon lends itself perfectly to seafood dishes. It’s excellent upon release and will develop in complexity with short- term bottle age. Sourced from a small selection of tyrrell’s wines’ favorite semillon blocks, the grapes were both hand-and machine-picked before gentle pressing and fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine then spent a few months on yeast lees to gain additional complexity and mouth-feel. This is the baby brother to Tyrrell’s wines’ famous Vat 1 Semillon, made to the same high standard its flagship receives.

by John Rozentals on Sat, January 24th 2015

This new label serves as a lead-in point to Tyrrell’s much vaunted Winemaker’s Selection or Vat wines, such as Vat 1 Semillon. It carries lots of the lemony flavours associated with young semillon, making it a perfect accompaniment for pan-fried or barbecued white-flesh fish.

Belford Single Vineyard Semillon

by Chris Shanahan on Sun, January 25th 2015

The Elliott family planted the Belford vineyard in the Hunter in 1933 and still controls it. However, Tyrrell’s lease and manage the vineyard which is source of some their best semillon. Typically, these are very pale, minerally and delicate as young wines, gradually taking on a fuller, honeyed character with bottle age. Fortunately, Tyrrell’s hold small volumes back for later release, giving drinkers without cellars a chance to taste the glories of aged semillon. The 2009 is a great and delicious example of this unique style, currently displaying a combination of aged and youthful characteristics.

by Jim McMahon 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.

The 2009 Belford Semillon opens up to a nose of marmalade and citrus and a palate of apricot and green apple backed by firm acidity with hints of toast.

by Ray Jordan on Sat, November 29th 2014

94 Points -There is a distinct perfumed note that is quite different from the other two wines. More powerful and intense, with a slightly fuller palate than the HVD, but it still has beautiful laser-like precision that stamps this as a young Hunter semillon. Pronounced lemon essence on the palate with a lingering finish. Great potential to age. 94/100 (Best drinking: Now to 2024. Alc: 11.5%)

by James Haliday (2015 Australian Wine Companion) on

95 Points - Light, bright quartz-green; while developing a leisurely pace, this has more upfront lemony fruit flaviours than Vat 1, and you can see the first glimpses of toast and marmalade around the corner. Further cellaring will definitely reward, but there is ample reason to crack a bottle or two now.

by Winewise on Fri, August 30th 2013

Highly Recommended

Vat 8 Hunter Shiraz Cabernet

by Gary Walsh on Fri, May 29th 2015

95+ Points - Short Flat, Weinkeller, selected for style and richness of Vat 8 style. Western facing sites that ripen earlier, smaller berries, more tannin. Sees a bit of barrique.

Vat 6 Hunter Pinot Noir

by Gary Walsh on Fri, May 29th 2015

92+ Points - 500 dozen produced. Baby faced winemaker Chris Tyrrell advises “around 40% whole bunch, based on bucket mathematics, comes out of wood earlier, not much racking and stuff. Leave it be. Natural primary ferment, let it run. No fining has happened in these wines for about for ten years. Light cross flow filter to make it sparkly.” That’s me doing my speed typing as he talks, and while I quote, I change his words to make them a bit fancier. Anyway, Vat 6, Hunter Valley, Tyrrells and Pinot Noir, as Halliday once quipped of one Vat 6 “Truly the dog talking”. Well, I reckon every dog will have its day, and for me, that happens a fair bit with Vat 6. A characterful wine, that presents another different, regional and, I think, varietal expression of the grape. I like it.

Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz

by Gary Walsh on Fri, May 29th 2015

97 Points - This is a super Vat 9.  The best since the miraculous 2007.

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