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2014 Tyrrell's Stevens Single Vineyard Shiraz

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They call it 'the vintage of the century.' 2014 in the Hunter Valley was almost perfect, with the long dry summer producing wines proclaimed as near perfect. Sourced from the oldest producing vineyard in the Hunter Valley (dating back to 1867), this superb Shiraz shows the glories of the 2014 vintage with a richness and weight not often seen in Hunter reds.

Winemaker's Notes

A medium to full bodied, with a lively, intense purple colour. Black cherry, raspberry and fresh, spicy flavours dominate the palate with a vibrant, fresh acidity that makes the wine a wonderful example of the modern, balanced style of Hunter Valley shiraz.

Bouquet: Lifted fruit

Palate: Red fruit & spice

Pair with: Red meat

Alc/vol: 13.8%

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2014 Tyrrell's Stevens Single Vineyard Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
A more powerful expression of this vineyard than we've come to expect. It's tangy with acid, flush with fruit and bursting with firm, ferrous, earthen tannin. Great vineyards stamp their authority in great years; this release from this year sends a clear message on its rightful status.
The Wine Front (2014 Vintage) says
Ripe chocolaty fruit, vanilla, perfumed, blackberry and boysenberry, slightly ferrous character with a little clove. Medium bodied, really fresh, punctuated by firm acidity and big burst of fruit, with fine grained tannin, an earthy pull and firm tannin on the finish. “Melting tannins”, offers Chris Tyrrell, and I agree. What beautiful wine. Classic Stevens. Likely the best since 2007.
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
An elegant, savoury and ageworthy shiraz whose delicate, sweetly floral scent of violets, dark berries, plums and cedary oak is backed by a hint of five spice. It?s supple and silky, with pristine, translucent flavours of fresh black and red berries, cherries and plums underpinned by fine, sandpapery tannins. It finishes long and vibrant, with a tightly knit and refreshing acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Bruce Tyrrell reckons this single vineyard may contain the oldest vines still in production in the Hunter. Regardless, this wine is a bargain, and 2010 is one of its great seasons. A pure, primary focus of blackberry, mulberry and plum fruit is textured with fine-grained fruit tannins, wonderfully massaged by the subtle influence of large format oak casks. Calm restraint provides space for the savoury expression of its red earth soils.
2017 - 2025
Wine Taste Special Edition 84
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright crimson; a deceptive wine that doesn't appear to have the depth to develop over time into a very complex, strongly regional shiraz with great length to the palate; the black cherry and plum fruit is the foundation on which these changes will occur.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A youthful, medium-term shiraz likely to develop some appealing gamey complexity. It's musky, spicy and peppery, with meaty aromas of cassis, raspberries and redcurrants beneath fresh rose petal notes. Smooth and elegant, it's medium to full-bodied, with a lingering presence of bright cherry/plum fruit finishing with fresh acids and a fine, supple texture.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Traditional Hunter high-quality savoury style with plum Chinese spices mid weight full of details with sweet plummy fruit and regional spice notes.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright colour; the bouquet has black and red cherry fruit and French oak; the supple texture of the medium-bodied palate is outstanding, allowing the vibrant and fresh fruit full play; great balance and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Traditional Hunter high-quality style full of sweet fruit and regional spice notes.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Hunter reds are generally more medium-weight - or lighter in intensity - than n reds, but less weight does not mean less quality. Personality, longevity, history, charm€ If ever you wanted a wine to prove a point, this is it. It whispers 'Hunter Valley shiraz' in the most insistent of ways. It's firm and solid, yet not weighty in any way, its flavours of kirsch, dark cherries and polished cedarwood mingling beautifully with fine, savoury tannins and an understated rub of earth. This is a detailed, expressive wine that will not blow you away but will prove persuasive.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
An established icon among Hunter vineyards, this mid-purple shiraz has impressive poise and composure, still really fresh. Plenty of red fruit, raspberries and dark cherries, a hint of chocolate and pepper too. The palate is fresh and juicy, really lively and brilliant, delivering on the promise of fine tannins and up-beat flavours
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A soft, gentle red with plenty of regional personality. Musky and slightly meaty aromas of small red berries and plums with earthy undertones precede a smooth, luscious palate of elegance and restraint. Its fresh, sweet and persistent core of vibrant red an black berry flavours has an earthy background and a fine, pliant undercarriage of supple tannin.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Oak dominant bouquet of mocha and coffee with redcurrant, blackberry and a touch of spice; light to medium-bodied with the fragrance really coming forward on the palate; fine and elegant on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Traditional Hunter high-quality style full of sweet fruit and regional spice notes.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied and strongly regional; just when you think the wine lacks enough fruit, the thrust and drive of the palate tells you otherwise.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A charmingly smooth Hunter shiraz whose spicy bouquet of fresh black and red berries are backed by vanilla oak and meaty, earthy undertones suggestive of smoked bacon. Medium in weight, its lively palate of bright red and black berry and plum-like fruit is framed by fine, pliant tannins. Just a little oaky for a higher rating.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
There was a time not long ago when Hunter Valley reds were out of favour. That's fast turning around, kicked along by a string of very good red vintages. Hunter reds are more medium weight - or lighter in intensity - than South Australian reds, but less weight does not mean less quality. 2005 RELEASE A good Hunter red is not unlike a good Italian chianti. There's a nutty savouriness that I often fine totally adorable - though here too we have pulpy plums and racy, cherried acidity. A lovely regional distinctive wine. DRINK 2010-2017.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Bright colour; deceptively light-to medium-bodied, still with fresh red and black fruits, regional character yet to make its appearance; sweet tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
An extra dimension of intensity, length and flavour; particularly good acidity is built into the wine; will age very well.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Rustic, meaty and leathery, this older-style Australian 'burgundy' marries the warmth and richness of a warmer season with delightfully finegrained tannins, fresh acids and pristine plum and berry flavours. It's soft, medium weight and spicy, with undertones of cloves, cinnamon, licorice and white pepper, but perhaps rather more of a juicy ripeness than typical of a Tyrrell.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Strongly regional earthy, savoury notes through bouquet and palate; long finish, but lacks mid-palate fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Silky and smooth, this typical old-fashioned Australian 'burgundy' style has an earthy floral and meaty, fragrance of lightly herbal sweet red berries and cassis. Framed by velvet-like tannins, It's ethereal and almost fragile, only medium to full in body. Finishing long and savoury, its sweet and earthy expression of berries, plums and chocolates is delightfully vibrant and offset by chocolate/cedary oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
A mix of red and black fruits and regional savoury characters; could well develop into a classic; top vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2000 Vintage) says
Rustic, sweaty aromas of animal hide and meaty raspberries, cherries and plums precede a smooth, farmyard-like palate of earthy flavours. Old-fashioned and lightly metallic, it offers some forward richness, but dries out towards a slightly sappy finish. Cellar with caution.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; clean, fresh berry fruit with some plum and subtle oak on the bouquet, then a palate with more power thanks to another layer of fruit and some of the earthy, regional Hunter grip.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is of light to medium intensity, and a fraction plain and earthy. The palate is relatively light-bodied and, all in all, the wine appears to be in a thoroughly closed phase of its development
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is clean, of medium intensity, with a mix of sweet berry, spice and chocolate fruit aromas. The delicious palate has a range of spice, cedar, berry and vanilla flavours, with soft tannins on a long finish supported by good acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999

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