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Tyrrell's Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz

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While Tyrrell’s may be one of the most historic Hunter wineries, it has not stopped them from branching out into other regions and developing a range of delicious reds. This full bodied red comes from their Heathcote vineyards and shows an intense nose with plum and dark cherries to the fore with peppery spice and vanillin oak, these flavours carry over to the bold but soft palate. It’s nicely balanced with judicious oak and impressive natural acids. A wine that you’ll find instantly attractive, it marries well with robust dishes of lamb and beef.

'The third wine under Tyrrell’s Rufus Stone label came about through an inspired decision in 1994 by head honcho Bruce Tyrrell to buy an old farm at Heathcote which was transformed into a shiraz vineyard. It’s a high quality red, polished and poised with lashings of plum and black fruit, spice and peppery characters, chocolate and juicy tannins.'
Illawarra Mercury

Winemaker's Notes

The season provided an excellent starting point, and the resulting wine is a clear indication as to why the Tyrrell family love the Heathcote region. 


Appearance: Deep rich red to crimson in colour, indicates the intensity of this wine.

Nose: The nose is full of ripe plum and dark cherries with a hint of white pepper and sweet vanillin.

Palate: The flavours carry onto the palate which is full of big soft fruit, but balanced by an elegant oak structure and natural acid, resulting in a rich wine with a complex and fresh structure.

Food: The intense, berry fruit flavours and mouth-filling appeal of this rich red wine makes it a fine accompaniment for lamb, beef and game dishes

Cellaring: This wine is excellent drinking now and will cellar for up to six years

Alcohol: 14.0%

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Tyrrell's Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A delicate perfume of red cherries, currants, rhubarb and dried herbs is lifted by a scent of red flowers. It's gentle and supple, medium in weight and delivers a moderately intense, rather spicy and herbal presence of fruit that lacks a genuine core of intensity. It's supported by immature, dusty tannins, finishes light and savoury and appears to have been heavily cropped.
2012-2015+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
86
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Smooth and approachable, with a restrained bouquet of dark plums, raspberries and blackberries backed by suggestions of prunes, cola and dark chocolate. It's medium-bodied and rather forward, with lively sweet fruit knit with chocolate/vanilla oak, finishing with lingering nuances of mint, violets and dark berries. Just a fraction thin in mid palate.
The Australian Wine Annual
88
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
The quality of Rufus Stone's reds has them storming back up the charts. They should be back on your buying list. We mixed the bottles up, between the Heathcote and McLaren Rufus Stone ... and even we could easily pick which was which. And that's part of the appeal of these wines; they're highly regional. Flavours of liquorice, gumleaf, chocolate and blackberry - it's almost cakey. Plenty of grunt, fine-grained tannins and a bit of alcohol warmth. A wine you can imagine Benny Hill would have loved - for all its round, buxom flavour.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
91
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Fragrant, spicy and approachable, with a peppery bouquet of sweet cassis, blackberries and raspberries knit with restrained vanilla oak. It's smooth and polished, with a flavoursome palate of confection-like berry/plum fruit and sweet cedary oak underpinned by a fine-grained chassis of pliant but powdery tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
90
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Just when we started to wonder whether the Rufus Stone dream was fading a little, it has burst back to best ever form over the past year or two. Both are now smashing reds. You have to taste this to believe it. It is monumentally delicious - it's really worth raiding the piggy bank for. It's seamless and smooth, and packed with juicy flavour. It tastes of plums and sandalwood, musky oak and cloves. It's a touch exotic, but mostly mesmerising in its sheer attractiveness. You just want to drink it and drink it and drink it - is there any better recommendation?
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
An elegant, medium-bodied palate, with wonderful black 'cherry and spice fruit, perfectly matched by seamless tannins and oak. Great finesse. Gold, National Wine Show '07.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Super-ripe nose, smells like boot polish and pencil shavings, sweet spices and some plum fruits, looks well made and quite tightly integrated. The palate has intense acid swathed in simple, fresh plum and berry fruit flavours. The alcohol runs a little warm, tannins trail fine and dense through the finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
91
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
The high alcohol does show through in comparison to the Heathcote version and doesn't deliver extra flavour; expected chocolate and vanilla characters.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Does not have the usual colour density of shiraz from Heathcote; ripe fruit flavours plus alcohol give the impression of sweetness on the palate, but not on the aftertaste; slightly schizophrenic.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Massive black fruits, dark chocolate, prune and plum; some dead fruit characters.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
88
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
An honest, if slightly unbalanced shiraz whose lively aromas of meaty plums, prunes and cassis reveal some slightly cooked and porty elements. It's moderately concentrated and framed by firm, drying tannins, and while its fruit covers a wide spectrum of ripeness, there's a strong emphasis on its prune and currant-like aspect.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
88
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Lively and fresh despite some stewed/cooked fruit qualities, this fragrant red offers some attractive suppleness and sappiness. Earthy qualities of small red and black berries, sweet cedar/vanilla oak with nuances of white pepper, cloves and cinnamon deliver a finely integrated, medium to full-bodied palate.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
88
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Menthol and eucalypt aromas; soft, velvety palate with red berry fruit and ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
89
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; clean, ripe red berry and plum fruit with a mix of spice and vanilla oak on the bouquet flows into a ripe, luscious, but medium-bodied palate with good balance and structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
89
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Heathcote. Dense red-purple; an almost extravagantly rich, ripe and voluptuous bouquet with cascades of cherry and spice leads into a highly seductive, powerful palate with dark cherry fruit and persistent tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
93

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