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Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz

2013 Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz

Our flagship shiraz. Inaugural winner of the Hunter Valley Wine Show’s Wine of Provenance award, alongside Vat 1 Semillon.

Winemaker's Selection
Hunter Valley, NSW
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Overview & Tasting Notes

The 2013 vintage is a blend of our top vineyards, sourced from the red volcanic soil strip that runs through the Weinkeller, NVC and Short Flat Vineyards, with an average vine age of 50 years. This is a typical Vat 9 from a good Hunter vintage. Bright purple in colour, the nose is clean and consists of intense berry fruits with subtle lift from the new large oak barrels. The palate displays a wine in great balance, with sweet fruit being its primary focus, followed by supporting tannins, clean savoury complexity, well balanced acid and persistent fruit length.


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Awards & Accolades


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2013 Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz has won a total of 1 awards.


  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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2011 Tasting Notes (333 KB pdf)

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