2010 Vat 8 Hunter Shiraz Cabernet (AGED RELEASE)

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Vat 8 Hunter Shiraz Cabernet (AGED RELEASE)

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A blend of shiraz and cabernet from the Hunter Valley, with the shiraz sourced from premium vineyards on the Tyrrell's property and Moon Mountain vineyard and the cabernet coming from Pokolbin. all of the components were fermented and matured separately until blending in December 2011. After blending the wine was put back into French oak barriques, 30% of which were new, until bottling in May 2012. The wine was predominately matured in smaller 225L barriques. As always with Vat 8, we see much darker fruits and some chocolate characters in the wine, along with the extra element of spice from the higher percentage of new oak.

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2009 2007
Winemaker's Selection
Hunter Valley, NSW
Red Blends

James Halliday

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.

Robert Parker

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.

Drinks Trade Magazine

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.

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