Reviews

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Hunter Valley Shiraz

by Mike Bennie on

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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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