Reviews

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Hunter Valley Shiraz

by Gary Walsh on

91 Points - Chris Tyrrell calls this wine ‘A good result from an awful vintage’. There’s often some good wines from awful vintages, and awful wines from good vintages. All part of the joy of wine. The light and shade. The ups and downs. etc. First and foremost, this is a lovely drink. It’s not one for the cellar, it’s one to enjoy now. Boysenberry, violets, vanilla, hazelnut and what might best be described as ‘earthy wet vintage spiciness’. It’s medium bodies at best, fresh and gently sappy, with earthy spicy flavours threaded through plump forest berries. tannin is light and dry, and the finish is again complex and savoury, and throroughly satisfying. It’s Hunter Vally Burgundy through and through. It’s a pleasure to drink. Try it.

Hunter Valley Chardonnay

by James Halliday on

(for 2015 vintage) 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

(for 2015 vintage) 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

(for 2015 vintage) 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

(for 2015 vintage) NEW FAVOURITE - Tyrrell’s Largest range of wines - a semillon, a shiraz and this delicious tangy chardonnay - has much of the class of Vat 47, but at a fraction of the price.

Hunter Valley Semillon

by SAM KIM, WINE ORBIT on Sun, May 1st 2016

93 Points - Pristine and delicate, the bouquet shows lemon peel, floral and fresh apple notes, leading to a finely textured palate that is linear and focused. The wine shows classic Hunter restraint and tight structure, beautifully framed by bright acidity. It is light on its feet, and pure and elegant. At its best: 2016 to 2022.

by JAMES HALLIDAY on Wed, April 1st 2015

93 Points - Over 150 years of accumulated family experience is on full display with this entry point wine, the ‘14 vintage providing its special mark of lemon curd, fruit-sweet lemon juice and lemongrass.

Part & Parcel

by Australian Gourmet Traveller on Fri, January 1st 2016

(2015 vintage) 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

(2015 vintage) 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

(2015 vintage) 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.

by Peter Penman (Tyrrell's member) on Mon, September 19th 2016

(2015 vintage) 4 stars - Tried this wine as a sample at Restaurant Botanica at Spicer’s Vineyards Estate -  very nice and easy to drink. Enjoyed it so much we bought a bottle to have with dinner the next night, then bought some from Cellar Door on the way home.

Lost Block Pinot Gris

by John Fordham on Sun, November 13th 2016

Always prepared to throw the dice outside it’s historic Hunter Valley base, this fifth-generation family-owned winery delved into Victoria’s cool-climate Alpine valleys to produce this enticing, attractive summer wine featuring layers of palate-refreshing pear/apple flavours that linger.

Vat 8 Hunter Shiraz Cabernet (AGED RELEASE)

by James Halliday on

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.

by Robert Parker on

92+ Points - Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Winemaker’s Selection Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet opens with notes of black plums, warm blueberries and dusty earth with underlying dried herbs, Szechuan pepper and creme de cassis hints. Medium-bodied with a low to medium level of rounded tannins and just enough acidity supporting the peppery black fruit flavors, it finishes with great length and finesse.

by Drinks Trade Magazine on

This wine is very complex with aromas of plum and blueberry. Notes of classy oak, refined and powerful with a medium bodied fresh acid and good depth with concentrated fruit and tannin.

Special Release Shiraz

by Nick Stock, www.jamessuckling.com on

93 Points - This has a redder fruit focus with plenty of liquorice and hints of coal smoke, the palate is classic Hunter Valley shiraz shape, mid-weight, great length and focus, really even and supple, drink now and for 5+ years.

Trout Valley Estate Pinot Noir

by John Lewis (Newcastle Herald) on Mon, March 24th 2014

4 glasses

This 2012 pinot noir has 13.5 per cent alcohol and is ruby red in the glass. The nose has bouquet gami aromas and the front of the palate brings forth spicy cherry flavour. Fruit characters of raspberry, basil and capers meld with toasty oak nuances and the finish shows ferric tannins.

by Rick Allen on Fri, April 18th 2014

A friendly enough, well-priced New Zealand pinot, with fruit sourced from Nelson, right at the top of the south island. It’s not the most complex pinot you’ll taste, but it’s easy drinking, soft, and fruit driven. Cherries and red berry fruits are underpinned by darker currants. Would team beautifully with duck or fish. Good quaffing.

Vat 63 Chardonnay Semillon

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Brokenback Shiraz

by James Halliday on

..this is a highly spicy and perfumed bouquet, with pepper, redcurrant and cranberry; light-bodied, with zesty acidity and a strong undergrowth bramble element; a fresh and lively young wine, best enjoyed in this manner.

by Gary Walsh on

Pepper, some slight green herbal notes… along with bramble and red fruits and a touch of sulphide/earth complexity. It’s light to medium bodied, fresh and tangy, red fruited, almost crisp….but lively, long and good to drink. Time will not be its enemy. Regional and true.

by Frank Smith (HAG News Perth) on Mon, April 15th 2013

Hunter Heroes Brokenback Shiraz shows aromas of red berry fruits with a very subtle lift of French oak. The palate has sweet fruit balanced by soft acid and tannin, resulting in a classic Hunter Shiraz. An ideal wine to accompany rich roasts of lamb or beef!

by Chris Shanahan on Mon, March 24th 2014

It’s a paradox of the hot Hunter Valley that it makes such idiosyncratic, medium-bodied, elegant reds, reminiscent of wine from a cooler climate. And in 2011, a cool and late season, the wines I’ve tasted to date are outstanding. Tyrrell’s made several shirazes in the vintage, and this, its lowest priced product, delivers huge value for money. It’s sourced from 10–40 year old vines in the vicinity of the Brokenback Range. Maturation in older oak barrels means mellowness, but no discernible oak flavour – allowing pure fruit flavour to sweeten the taut, medium-bodied palate.

by Ralph Kyte Powell on Tue, June 3rd 2014

92 points

Hunter tradition at a great price. Raspberry, plum, pepper, earth and leathery aromas lead through an inviting, middleweight palate. It’s soft and easy, with fine tannins in perfect balance and a fragrant aftertaste.