Tyrrell's 'Vat 9' Shiraz 2019

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  • The classic expression of Hunter Valley Shiraz- one of the most recognised Australian wine styles
  • The 2019 vintage in the Hunter Valley was another high quality year across all varieties
  • A classic release of Vat 9 which will cellar well
  • 1 or more bottles
    $110.00
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  • Mike Bennie
    95 points
  • Gary Walsh
    95 points
  • James Suckling
    95 points
  • James Halliday'
    95 points

Editors notes

Vat 9 Shiraz is sourced from the oldest and best blocks on the Tyrrell Estate ‘Ashmans’, where the
oldest vines date back to 1892. The majority of the blend is made from fruit from the Weinkeller and Short Flat vineyards. All of these blocks feature soils that are ideal for growing super-premium Shiraz.

The 2019 vintage in the Hunter Valley was another high quality year across all varieties and is a
stellar follow up to 2018. Continued dry conditions meant cropping levels were slightly lower than
normal however, all of the fruit was in perfect condition.

Details

Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Mike Bennie

    95
    "Tasted in the Hunter Valley, blind, in a bracket of 94 2019 vintage wines. No drinking windows entered. That seductive purple Hunter shiraz colour right here. Fine web of tannin the main feature, so gossamer and strict but allows dark berry fruitiness, earthy characters, new leather and dried herb to roll around the palate deliciously. Shy perfume but what’s there is beautiful. This is a fantastic, tense, seductive red."
  • Gary Walsh

    95
    "There’s so much to be said for not flooding Hunter Shiraz with small format oak. The best wines from this region don’t use it. And add to that, crazy acid additions.It’s very Vat 9. Boysenberry, vanilla and floral perfume, classic smooth ride of ripe red fruits, slightly sticky tannin, medium-bodied at most, fresh and lively, yet still that regal carriage of richness, good length with a lick of tannin to close it out. So charming and effortless."
  • James Suckling

    95
    "Impressive intensity here, this has very expressive red-cherry, red-plum, chocolate and spice notes in a very primary, pure mode. The palate offers a fresh red-fruit core, some darker notes, too, and attractive freshness, which is a hallmark of the best 2019 wines. Right on form here."
  • James Halliday's Wine Companion

    95
    "A reversion to delicacy. An homage to a noble past of sappy, savoury Hunter Burgundy, as it was once known. With this, there has been an adoption of larger-format oak, less agitation, and with that, superior tannin management. The result, sappy, floral, detailed and dangerously drinkable. Violet, dark cherry, clove, licorice straps and a sachet of spice. Yet the texture is the totem. And it is sumptuous. NGMW"

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Locations

Australia

The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

New South Wales

Home to 14 official wine regions, New South Wales offers a diverse and wide-ranging expanse to produce wines that appeal to every palate.

From Australia’s oldest continuous wine region – the famous Hunter Valley – to exciting new cool climate regions such as Orange, the Southern Highlands and Tumbarumba, these regions can be found to produce some of the best Australian Wine around. Recognised as the second-largest wine-producing state in Australia, New South Wales is also the most populous state with its wine consumption far outpacing the region's wine production. Although the Hunter Valley region is well known, the majority of wineries are located along the Murray and Darling Rivers (in the south-east of the state) which supplies water for many of the region's wineries.

Other regions within New South Wales include the Canberra District, Cowra, Gundagai, Hastings River, Hilltops, Mudgee, New England, Perricoota, Riverina and the Shoalhaven Coast.

Hunter Valley

Internationally, Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s two most well known wine regions, alongside Barossa Valley in South Australia. Located about a two hour drive north of Sydney, the region is very popular for weekend escapes from the city of Sydney.

Hunter Valley’s climate includes regular droughts or floods, seemingly less than desirable conditions to grow grapes, with the hot, humid summers and cool winters. Nevertheless, the region has been under cultivation since the 1800’s and is responsible for putting Australian wine, in particular Semillon and to a lesser extent Shiraz, on the world wine map. Winemaking pioneers such as Bruce Tyrrell and Len Evans helped the region gain worldwide recognition.

The famous Hunter valley Semillon was for many years known as ‘Hunter Valley Riesling’ and is never matured in oak. It is however one of the most ageworthy whites in the country with bottles showing an inordinate ability to age gracefully. Bottle-aged Semillons will often exhibit burnt toast and honey characteristics, slight nutty notes and supremely complex flavours on the palate. This palate complexity is coupled with soft acidity and the finish can be very long indeed.

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About the brand Tyrrell's

One of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries, Tyrrell's is an icon in the nation's wine industry. With vineyards from its home in the Hunter Valley, to South Australia and Victoria, the family has sourced premium parcels of fruit with which to continue their heritage of fine wine. The Tyrrell's name has been synonymous with the wine industry since its inception in 1858 by English immigrant Edward Tyrrell.

Today, the winery is managed by Bruce Tyrrell, a 4th generation family member and the head winemaker. In 1989, Bruce completed his first vintage of Semillon and named it 'Vat 1'. Upon its release to the market as an aged Semillon seven years later, it swept the awards shows and is now considered the benchmark of that wine style. As a family endeavour, Bruce and his wife Pauline's children are also involved; Jane is a sales representative of the brand, while her brother Chris as assistant winemaker, helps his father make the wines that have captured the global wine industry's attention.

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