After lunch, we moved to our first location of the afternoon – Tyrrell’s – west of the Hunter Valley Gardens on Broke road. Tyrrell’s has been a Hunter Valley icon for many decades, and has been in the business for over a century. Recognised as one of the premiere vineyards in the region, Tyrrell’s produces the standard for Semillon, whom many try to emulate – few can compete.
AWG was first introduced to Tyrrell’s as a young lad, on a family day at the vineyards. Over the years, AWG has been introduced to the Tyrrell’s vat ranges, from the phenomenal Vat 1, Vat 47 and Vat 9 through to the more recent “Lost Block” releases. On this day, we tasted a fairly impressive range starting with Semillon.
The cellar door occupies room in part of the old winery, not far from the entrance off Broke road. Situated on an elevated position, there are sweeping views of Brokenback ridge, several vineyards, and a great view to the north/north west. The staff are always accommodating and often have entertaining and interesting stories to tell.
There is a daily facility tour Mondays to Fridays at 1:30pm and costs $5 per person. The winery is (obviously) a hot location for those wine tasting tour buses; if you are making your own itinerary, it is recommended to do your best to time your visit between the big groups, for the best experience.
2010 Tyrrell’s Lost Block Semillon
Straw colour, citrus and lime bouquet, light, zesty, slightly acidic (tart) aftertaste. Refreshing.
2007 Tyrrell’s Stevens Semillon
Pale gold colour, sweet perfume bouquet, well balanced, straw and citrus, resonates well on the back of the mouth, neat clean aftertaste.
2004 Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon
Clean light golden colour, mild bouquet, lemon citrus, mineral finish, tangy with a tapered finish.
1999 Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon
An outstanding example of carefully cared for aged Hunter Semillon. Beautiful deep gold colour, sweet aroma, finely balanced, honeyed hue, well matured and softer semillon with medium acidity and a long finish.
2010 Tyrrell’s Vat 47 Chardonnay
Medium pale gold colour, soft sweet taste, apricot (?) fruit, powerful, long aftertaste, low sugar, well structured, oak.
2007 Tyrrell’s Vat 47 Chardonnay
Darker than the ‘10, lighter body, peach bouquet, one to two year old French oak matured leading to a medium body, balanced and not too sweet with a long textured finish.
2006 Tyrrell’s Vat 6 Pinot Noir (Limited Release)
Not produced every year, this surprise has a cherry red colour, medium body with a light bouquet containing berries, fine tannins and a better body and length than the standard Pinot often provides.
2009 Tyrrell’s Lunatiq (Heathcote) Shiraz
Plum red colour, hint of spices (such as cinnamon) slightly chalky aftertaste with tannins and berries.
2009 Tyrrell’s Stevens Hunter Shiraz
A deep blood red in colour, light to medium bodied with a bouquet of berries, nicely perfumed. The body was a balance of cloves, spices and berries – perhaps raspberry.
2007 Tyrrell’s Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz
With a dark red-purple hue colour, the Vat 9 was a medium bodied drop with cherries, raspberry and tannins balanced y oak. Medium finish with that oak hint, no acidity issues here – the consummate Hunter Valley Shiraz.