Over the weekend we found a bottle of 2009 Tyrrell’s Stevens Shiraz left unguarded. This single vineyard product was picked up a while ago at the cellar door in Pokolbin.
Hunter Valley Shiraz cops a bit of a knock in Australia for being too light and lacking body and complexity. However, we still feel that Hunter Shiraz has a rightful place amongst a Shiraz drinker’s wine list.
This particular Hunter Shiraz has all the hallmark traits – purple hue, medium bodied with a tempting aroma (light hint of spices) accompanied by some raspberry and a slightly tart aftertaste (tasted several hours after opening).
Whilst it is likely that a Hunter Shiraz may be more mild than a South Australian blockbuster (big) Shiraz, we feel that the smoothness and refined flavours will still appeal to fans of Shiraz and also to those who are looking to develop their palette with Shiraz wines.
Will develop longer in the bottle, drinking: now – 2020.