Established in 1858 by English immigrant Edward Tyrrell, Tyrrell’s Wines is one of Australia’s pre-eminent family owned wine companies with vineyards extending from their historic home in the Hunter Valley to the Limestone Coast (SA) and Heathcote (VIC). Headed up by fourth generation family member Bruce Tyrrell, Tyrrell’s is home to some of Australia’s most awarded wines including the iconic Vat 1 Semillon. Since 1971, Tyrrell’s has been awarded over 5,000 trophies and medals and in 2010 was named “Winery of the Year” in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion. With the fifth generation, Chris, Jane and John, involved in the business, Tyrrell’s will continue to remain family owned with the simple philosophy of producing high quality wine that people love to drink.
Produced from one of their oldest vineyards. A classic 1970s style, light to medium bodied Hunter red. Delicate and spicy with great palate length and acid structure. The new oak component acts as a framework to the wine but does not overpower it, with the fruit being the primary focus of the wine.
Made in a similar fashion to its 4 Acres sibling, albeit from the sandy flats that spawned Johnno's Semillon, and was matured in a new 2500l French cask. Great colour; the marriage of ancient vine grapes and new oak is so seamless it glides along the palate, leaving the mouth fresh and thirsting for more. 290 dozen made. Drink by: 2057; Price: $95.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2019; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; Wine Companion
An excellent Johnno’s. These plantings date back to 1908 and they have delivered an absolute beauty from 2017. The fruit tones show red to darker nuances, and the spice uptake is strong here. Some meaty notes, too. The tannins are luxuriant, clasping the smoothly fleshy fruit with energy and verve. Vibrant and convincing, this needs some time before opening. Try after 2025. Rating: 97 Points; James Suckling
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