Tyrrell’s Wines

About

Established in 1858 by English immigrant Edward Tyrrell, Tyrrell’s Wines is one of Australia’s pre-eminent family-owned wine companies with vineyards extending from their historic home in the Hunter Valley to the Limestone Coast and Heathcote. Headed up by fourth generation family member Bruce Tyrrell, Tyrrell’s is home to some of Australia’s most awarded wines including the iconic Vat 1 Semillon. Since 1971, Tyrrell’s has been awarded over 5,000 trophies and medals and in 2010 was named Winery of the Year in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion.

Hunter Valley Semillon

Hunter Valley

Harvest & Vintage Notes
Dry farmed 40 year old Semillon vines. Always hand harvested in the cool of the night. Some time on the lees in stainless steel. 11% alcohol. Citrus fruits, slightly floral, brisk.
Scores
TBA

Hunter Valley Chardonnay

Hunter Valley

Harvest & Vintage Notes
A blend of micro-climates grown the area of Pokolbin. Stainless steel fermented and then matured on the lees in new and older French barrique. White stone fruit, texture, oak spice.
Scores
TBA

Hunter Valley Shiraz

Hemel-en-Aarde RidgeHunter Valley

Harvest & Vintage Notes
Dry farmed 40+ year old estate Shiraz vines. De-stemmed whole berries go into the fermenter. And then aged in older 2700 liter French casks. Ripe red fruits, soft, lively acidity.
Scores
2018 James Halliday 94

Rufus Stone Shiraz

Hunter Valley

Harvest & Vintage Notes
Planted in Heathcote in 1994. The ancient Cambrian soils gives this wine it's amazing structure. Fermented in both open top and closed, and then aged in 20% new French barrique for 18 months. Dark berries, white pepper, supple.
Scores
2013 Wine Enthusiast 91

2013 James Halliday 91

2014 Wine Spectator 90

HVD Semillon

Hunter Valley

Harvest & Vintage Notes
This vineyard, Hunter Valley Distillery, was planted between two dry creek beds in 1908. Like all Semillons from the legend Bruce Tyrrell, this one was fermented and aged in stainless steel. White flowers, citrus pith, soft. 10.5% alcohol.
Scores
2014 Wine Spectator 90

2014 James Suckling 94

2015 James Suckling 96

HVD Chardonnay

Hunter Valley

Harvest & Vintage Notes
Believed to be the oldest Chardonnay vineyard in the world. Basket pressed, fermented in stainless steel and aged for 8 months in older French barrique with lees contact. Stone fruit and citrus fruit, crisp, oak spice.
Scores
2017 Wine Spectator 90

Vat 1 Semillon

Hunter Valley

Harvest & Vintage Notes
The Semillon. The wine. Planted in 1923 on sandy, free draining soils. Dry farmed. All stainless steel and not released until at least 5 years after harvest. Yellow citrus fruit, wax, long. 11% alcohol.
Scores
2015 James Halliday 97

2015 James Suckling 96

2015 Wine Spectator 91

Vat 47 Chardonnay

Hunter Valley

Harvest & Vintage Notes
Planted by Murray Tyrrell in 1960 on sandy soils. Dry farmed. Basket pressed, fermented in stainless steel, and then aged for a little bit in older French oak. Floral, powerful, spice.
Scores
2015 Wine Spectator 91

2015 Decanter 91

2018 James Halliday 96

Vat 9 Shiraz

Hunter Valley

Harvest & Vintage Notes
The best blocks of Shiraz are dry farmed on spectacular red soils. De-stemmed and partly whole bunches were meticulously sorted in the vineyard. Fermented separately and then aged in 1 and 2 year old 2700 liter French casks. Red berries, lifted, subtle oak.
Scores
2014 Wine & Spirits 90

2018 James Suckling 95

2018 James Halliday 95

Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

Hunter Valley

Harvest & Vintage Notes
The name 'vat' stems from the still present large oak maturation vessels which were used by the Tyrrell's forebearers. And the number represents the cask in which that style of wine was originally fermented or matured. Aged in older French oak. Plum, chocolate, full.
Scores
2018 James Suckling 95