Reviews

Find out what your fellow wine lovers are saying about Tyrrell's wines or leave a comment on your favourite wine from our extensive range.

Vat 8 Hunter Shiraz Cabernet

by James Halliday on Fri, February 1st 2013

95 Points & Outstanding - A pristine and polished wine that seems to transcend varieties and instead embraces origin and producer; medium-bodied and simply silky in texture, the red fruit, fresh leather and fine spices of the two regions marry seamlessly, culminating in a long and expansive, beautifully balanced finish.

Special Release Shiraz

by Gary Walsh, The Wine Front on

94 Points - Blackberry, boysenberry, liquorice, light spice and vanilla, gentle dusty earthiness, Medium bodied , red and black fruits, silky tannin, pitch perfect acidity, fresh berried finish of excellent length. The drinking pleasure is high with this one.

Part & Parcel

by Australian Gourmet Traveller on Fri, January 1st 2016

Bright, young, fresh and gently fragrant with lifted aromas. The palate has a fleshy richness and generosity that is opulent, intense and moreish with a lingering, gentle citrus finish.

by Signature Travel & Style on Fri, January 1st 2016

The great white blend has been reinvented in Tyrrell’s 2015 Part & Parcel, a premium blended white wine five years in the making. Tapping into the resurgence of similar artisan-crafted wines in the US and Europe, Part & Parcel harnesses the Hunter Valley winery’s historic vineyards and grape varieties, as well as the modern alchemy of head winemaker, Andrew Spinaze, to create a sophisticated blend. This structured and textured wine comprises 74 per cent Semillon, 12 per cent Chardonnay, 10 per cent Gewurztraminer and 4 per cent Verdelho. Bright, young and complex, the rich, intense palate flavours linger, melting into a soft citrus finish, making it a perfect choice for summer days.

by Ray Jordan on Thu, December 3rd 2015

92 Points - This is a new special release. It’s mostly semillon, with some chardonnay, gewurztraminer and verdelho making up the rest of the blend. A small amount of solids fermentation adds to the texture. Aromatic lift on the nose and a temendously flavoursome. though still controlled and tight, palate.

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 James Halliday on

90 Points - Matured in new and used French barriques. Quite how Tyrrell’s can invest Hunter Valley chardonnay at this alcohol level with such fresh drive is doubtless secret Tyrrell’s business, and more power to the winemaking team. What matters is the wine in the glass, standing ready to fulfil any role assigned to it, fruit and oak symbiotically entwined.

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 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 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.

Belford Single Vineyard Semillon

by Gary Walsh on Mon, October 31st 2011

91+ Points - Clean, fresh, almost peachy fruit along with aniseed and lime. It’s flinty and fine boned with sparklingly pure acidity and excellent length of flavour. There’s a suggestion of lettuce and grassiness, but it doesn’t obscure the delicacy and finesse of this little gem. It’s approachable now, in smash it with fish and chips kind of way, though it would seem a shame to do so. I liked it immediately. Suspect it’s going to be grand.

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.

HVD & The Hill Pinot Noir

by James Halliday on Wed, July 22nd 2015

94 Points - From the 4-and 8-acre red soil vineyards, MV6 clone planted in the ‘80s; hand-sorted, open fermentation with one-third whole bunches; 8 months maturation in used French oak. A remarkable wine for its clear varietal expression; very good mouthfeel, the tannins finely pitched and woven through the plum and black cherry fruit. Time will see its Hunter Valley birthplace speak more assertively. 13% ale. Drink to 2028

by Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury on Fri, January 16th 2015

Will get better over time but gee it’s hard to resist as a light and bright summer red. Soft and supple mouth feel, an abundance of sweetish red fruit, integrated spice, earthy characters and juicy tannins

by Frank Smith, Perth News on Thu, January 1st 2015

Tyrrells 2013 HVD and The Hill Pinot Noir has a bright, fresh strawberry aroma light on the nose and great pinot noir characters. The palate is medium bodied and well balanced with a bright fruit profile, a soft tannin structure, fresh acidity and a long finish. A good Pinot.

by John Lewis on Fri, January 16th 2015

4 out of 5 - The HVD vineyard produces great whites, but this blend with The Hill vineyard fruit shows that the pinot noir vines planted in 1980 are also the goods. The wine is crimson, 13.2 per cent alcohol and has candied cherry scents. The front palate has lifted strawberry flavour, the middle palate loganberry, spice, anise and coconutty oak, while flinty tannins home in at the finish. Get it at the Broke Road, Pokolbin, cellar door, at tyrrells.com.au and in some wine stores. DRINK WITH: confit of duck with poached pear and date relish AGEING: eight years

by Gary Walsh on Thu, May 22nd 2014

91 Points - Bright strawberry and raspberry fruit, gentle bunchy spice and vanilla oak. Medium bodied, light red fruited, crisp acidity, light grainy tannin and a clean finish. Touch of bunchy stalk firms up the finish. Somewhat cordial like as a young wine, but should develop well with a little bottle age. Tastes like Pinot and a good one at that.

Ra Nui Pinot Gris

by John Lewis on Sat, March 28th 2015

4/5 - Steve Hotchin was one of the founders of the Mount Riley brand in Marlborough, New Zealand in 1994 and he sold his stake in 2002 to establish the organic Ra Nui vineyard in the Wairau Valley, 3 kilometres south of Blenheim. The wines are distributed in Australia by the Hunter-based Tyrrell’s and are available in stores and restaurants. This pinot gris is pale straw, has musk scents and zips on to the front palate with lychee flavour. Lemongrass, pear and cinnamon elements combine on the middle and steely acid comes through at the finish. It was made from grapes grown on the Ra Nui Cob Cottage vineyard, which has a BioGro 5333 rating eschewing herbicides or pesticides. And Hotchin says much work on the vineyard is done by hand, “with no man-made synthetic products used”.

by Michael Cooper on Sat, March 21st 2015

Partly oak aged and made in a dry style. Full bodied, it is weighty and slightly creamy textured with fresh delicate citrus fruit, lychee and spice flavours, a touch of complexity and well rounded finish”