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Tyrrell's Vat 9 Shiraz

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This is a stonkingly good Vat 9 that will cellar for at least a decade! Scents of dark berries, exotic spices, plums and slight earthiness waft out of the glass, then the medium-bodied palate comes along with dense, tight plum and blackberry flavours, licks of spice and deli-meats, a fine but tight thread of tannins, and a long, lingering finish that just won't quit. It's worth slamming a few bottles in the cellar.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2014 vintage is a blend of our top vineyards, sourced from the red volcanic soil strip that runs through the Weinkeller, NVC and Short Flat Vineyards, with an average vine age of 50 years. This is a typical Vat 9 from a good Hunter vintage.

Bright purple in colour, the nose is clean and consists of intense berry fruits with subtle lift from the new large oak barrels. The palate displays a wine in great balance, with sweet fruit being its primary focus, followed by supporting tannins, clean savoury complexity, well balanced acid and persistent fruit length.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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Tyrrell's Vat 9 Shiraz

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Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says
This is stellar. The length, the breadth, the form, the immaculate rollout of tannin. It shows cherry plum, earth, violet and spice but the sum of such humble parts is so much more than that. Milk chocolate from oak simply goes with the flow. We stand in the presence of something resembling greatness.
Drink by 2040
The Wine Front (2014 Vintage) says
This is a super Vat 9. The best since the miraculous 2007. Textbook clean Hunter Shiraz – sweet mixed berry fruit, subtle perfume of vanilla and violet florals, slight liquorice richness. So beautiful, so svelte and composed, medium bodied, supple juicy fruited, superb milk chocolate tannin, super length. Depth. Seduction. Superlatives. One out of the the box. A true flagship. Will keep for as long as you want to keep it.
2018 - 2040+
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light, clear crimson-purple; the deliberately gentle touch in the winery is exemplified by the 2700-litre new and used French casks (10 times the capacity of a barrique) in which the wine is matured, and the resultant fragrance of the bouquet and the delicious light- to medium-bodied palate with its vibrant fruit and silky tannins. Has fantastic length.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
The modern era of Vat 9 is certainly a captivating one, and 2010 represents benchmark Hunter shiraz of enticing allure and understated longevity. A cool, wet February made for long ripening and beautifully elegant, gloriously medium-bodied restraint. Maturation in large 2700L vats kept oak influence and oxidation at bay, giving full voice to deep and enticing black pepper, freshly tanned leather, coal steam, black olives and black plum skin character. Fine, silky, mineral tannins reinforce a savoury, textural and focused allure.
Wine Taste Edition 123
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Clear, inviting crimson; like all the top Tyrrell's Shirazs, open-fermented, matured for 15 months in near-new and 1-year-old French 2700-litre oval casks for 15 months; the X factor is the special purity of fruit flavour coming from ancient vines on red soils. Many will drink the wine (with great enjoyment) long before it reaches its peak.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Graceful and finely balanced, this supply, shy and youthful shiraz is likely to build rather considerably with time. It's heady and floral, with almost a pinot-like scent of cherries, plums and chocolates backed by cedary oak and lifted by an exotically spiced but delicate floral perfume. Long and silky, it's deeply flavoured with redcurrants, plums and cassis tightly knit with chocolate/walnut oak and punctuated by a bright acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
I have only been alive for a small chapter of Vat 9s illustrious history (spanning fifty years this year), but I have not tasted a young vintage as flattering as 2009. From the oldest and finest blocks of the Ashman’s vineyard, matured in large French oak casks (building texture rather than overt structure or oak flavour), this is a flatteringly soft, textural and approachable style in the true spirit of Hunter shiraz. There are nuances of pepper to its vibrant blackberry, plum and black cherry fruit, with the classic, taut acidity that defines 2009. A wine of brilliant persistence and understated concentration that is approachable now and will live twenty years.
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This amalgam of old-vine shiraz is a bottle of liquid Hunter Valley red treasure, with a deep robe of ripe cassis, plum and raspberry fruits, some cherries - very pure and complex - some dark spices, and some sweet earthy notes too. The palate's built on lithe, noble tannins that don't betray the elegance for a second. Well-balanced and even.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Vat 9 has had its ups and downs, but when it's good it is one of the landmark wines of Australia - in its particular style. We love this wine. The best Vat 9 yet? Quite possibly. It tastes of ripe berries, a clean earthiness, pepper and choc-mint, and has a perfumed violet-like lift that makes it smell beautiful. The flavour has good density despite its medium-sized body -there is no heaviness here. There's also a subtle undercurrent of chocolate, coffee, licorice richness. Fine, silky tannins spread through the mouth, and fresh acidity cleans up afterwards. Quite something.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Deeper colour, richer and rounder in the mouth, with blackberry joining the red fruits of the 4 Acres; doesn't require explanation, just a lovely wine; vines 36 to 127 years old.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
These Vat 9 shiraz wines were aged in very large (new) oak barrels - so that the beauty of the grape flavour is not overcome with sweet oak. 2006 RELEASE The great thing is the smell. It's richly scented, like dipping your head into a vat of musky, smoky cherries. Intoxicating! The palate is slippery and spicy and lovely, its cherry-plummed heart riddled with trademark Hunter earthiness. DRINK 2012-2018.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Old-fashioned Hunter style and elegance personified, this charmingly smooth, soft and deeply flavoured shiraz is meaty and medium-bodied, with a floral, spicy red-fruited perfume backed by white pepper and spice. Its long, vibrant palate of intense berry, cherry and dark plum flavour overlies lightly creamy cedar/vanilla oak and a fine-grained, dusty backbone. It finishes with tightness, focus and refreshing acids. Measured and classy.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007

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