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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 James Halliday on

93 points (Highly Recommended)

by Gary Walsh on Thu, May 22nd 2014

94 points

Blueberries, blackberries, clove and aniseed spice, vanilla. Medium to full bodied, ripe and sweetly oaked (in comparison), grainy firm tannin, lots of mouth perfume and a cool finish. Very good. A satisfying wine.

Vat 6 Hunter Pinot Noir

by Gary Walsh on

94 points

Well rounded, raspberry and strawberry, light earthiness, kiss of vanilla, bunchy spice. Light to medium bodied, clearly defined, crisp strawberry acidity, light slaty tannin on finish. Length excellent. Purity and delight.

Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz

by John Lewis on Wed, January 7th 2015

Best wines of 2014 - The other top shiraz reds from the Hunter are the $85 Tyrrell’s 2011 Vat 9 Shiraz

by James Haliday on Sat, February 1st 2014

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-liter 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 Tyson Stelzer on Thu, March 20th 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 Gary Walsh on Fri, June 1st 2012

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.

by Ralph Kyte-Powell on Fri, April 4th 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 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 tannins and finishes long.

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 shirazes, 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-liter), 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.

HVD & The Hill Pinot Noir

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”

Trout Valley 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.

Brookdale Semillon

by Will Lyons on Mon, February 9th 2015

Though quite reserved on the nose, with just a trace of lemon and lime, when you swallow this wine you experience its full glory. Fresh and racy, it simply radiates vitality and has a thrilling, clean finish. A great match with shellfish.

by James Haliday (2015 Wine Companion) on

94 Points - An early-drinking style, its success measured by its gold meadal from the Hunter Valley Wine Show ‘13, and no less by its fleshy, full serve of citrus and lemongrass flaviours persisting through to the finish and aftertaste.

by Chris Shanahan on Mon, March 31st 2014

4 Stars - This wine is from Tyrrell’s HVD vineyard, which, says Bruce Tyrrell, “always produces wines that are floral, softer and more approachable than wines from our other vineyards”. The 2013 offers the variety’s distinctive lemongrass-like aroma and crisp, fresh, lemony flavours. It’s light-bodied at 11 per cent alcohol and a very small amount of residual grape sugar (5.4 grams a litre) helps round out the mid palate.

by Illawarra Mercury on Mon, December 9th 2013

From its magnificent Vat 1 down to its entry label offerings, there can be no doubt that this iconic Hunter winery is Australia’s finest semillon producer. A drink-now semillon from the HVD vineyard, stylish and exuding vitality with its vibrant acidity, floral notes and bright lemon-and-lime fruit.

by John Lewis on Mon, September 16th 2013

5 Glasses - This won a gold medal in the 2013 class of last year’s Hunter Valley Wine Show, and is of a riper and smoother, more advanced style. It is green-tinted light gold and has honeysuckle scents. Soft citrus flavour features on the front of the palate and spice and lemon curd and toast characters chime in on the mid palate. Flinty acid refreshes at the finish.

Lost Block Chardonnay

by John Lewis on Mon, November 25th 2013

4 Glasses

This latest version is brassy gold, has apricot scents and brings ripe white peach flavour to the front palate. Passionfruit, melon and creamy oak characters combine on the middle palate and the finish brings in flinty acid.

by Huon Hooke on Mon, December 9th 2013

89 Points

Tyrrell’s chardonnays have been continuing to improve in recent years, becoming finer and tighter with less alcohol. Even this $18 label offers great alue. Nutty, lemon and lime -leaf aromas lead into a soft, round, ripe palate with good acidity as well as generous flavour. All this at just 12.5 per cent alcohol. Now to 2016.

by Chris Shanahan on Thu, February 20th 2014

At a modest 12.5 per cent alcohol, the wine delivers chardonnay’s stone fruit and melon varietal flavours on a fine, fresh palate, lifted in texture and flavour by maturation on spent yeast cells.

by James Halliday on Mon, March 10th 2014

90 points

Tyrrell’s has been making chardonnay for longer than anyone else in the Hunter Valley, and even at this price point delivers that bit of extra length and purity of varietal expression, little or no oak evident and ready now.

by Tony Love on Fri, April 25th 2014

Bargain chardonnay can be a gamble, and here’s one worth taking to discover a smart mix of what you may have heard of as the variety’s “new age” in Australia — a small dash only of oak, subtle malt and yeast-like backdrop notes and lovely stone fruit highlights to finish. Tasty, and great value on discount.

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.

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