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Tyrrell's Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet

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The Hunter Valley has always turned out elegant, medium-bodied reds, and this wine from one of its oldest family producers - Tyrrell's - is a little pearler! There's a cheeky splash of cab sav in the mix, and it shows aromas of dark berries, plums, dark chocolate and savoury earthiness on the nose, whilst the palate is smooth and sumptuous, with deep plum and berry flavours, licks of chocolate again with spice, fine-grained tannins, and a poised, almost sweet fruit and earth finish. This will be great over the next 5-years or so with a lamb hotpot.

Winemaker's Notes

The shiraz component of Vat 8 comes from blocks on the winery property that traditionally produce riper and more muscular flavour profiles, whilst the Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a vineyard at the foothills of the Brokenback Range called Pokolbin Hills Estate.

A modern style of Australian red that also respects the tradition of regional and varietal blending to make a more rounded wine. 

Appearance: Vibrant purple - the colour is the deepest of all the 2013 reds.

Nose: Bright red fruits and spice on the nose. A more modern style of Hunter shiraz, the small oak influence is apparent with chocolate and vanillin aromas.

Palate: A typically medium weight wine with strong juicy dark berry fruit flavours, fresh spicy vanillin oak and balanced acid add to the clean finish. The wine shows intense plum fruit sweetness from the shiraz with dark berry and chocolate characters. The cabernet component adds to the length and fullness of the wine.

Cellaring: Smooth and silky when young, it will also reward careful medium term cellaring.

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Tyrrell's Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2026
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
The cabernet component of 4% from the Hilltops should not, by rights, appear on the front label, the Hunter Valley from 3 vineyards; open-fermented in multiple lots and matured in French barriques (30% new) for 15 months. Strong purple-crimson, the wine has substantial red and black berry fruits, the impact of French oak obvious, but will undoubtedly settle down with a few years in bottle.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
It is a testimony to the great Australian blend that this wine bears its 4% touch of Hilltops cabernet on the front label. At its core, it reflects the brilliance, acid brightness and sheer vibrancy of 2009 Hunter shiraz, in all of its primary plum and black cherry glory. Fine, supple tannins and integrated chocolate oak make it approachable right away, yet promising medium-term potential. One of the great Vat 8s of the modern era.
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Smooth, supple and very easy to drink. Laced with scents of red and blue flowers, its alluring bouquet of cassis, dark plums and mulberries reveals nuances of sweet but restrained cedar/vanilla oak. Precisely measured and underpinned by a fine-grained spine of crunchy tannins, it unfolds layers of intense, translucent dark plum and berry flavours knit with faintly chocolate-like oak backed by hints of mint and menthol. It finishes with genuine length of fruit, a hint of raisin and gentle, soft acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a powerful bouquet with tarry, earthy berry fruit and toasty oak is followed by a rich, full, flavoursome palate which has very good balance and structure. Given ten years in the cellar this could be a great classic in traditional style
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001

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