Tyrrells Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet 2019


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Hunter Valley, Australia
93 points


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.

Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet is sourced from Shiraz grown on the Tyrrell Estate ‘Ashmans’ and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the Pokolbin Hills Estate. The blend for the 2019 vintage is 90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2019 vintage in the Hunter Valley was another high-quality year across all varieties and is a stellar follow-up to 2018. Continued dry conditions meant cropping levels were slightly lower than normal, however, all of the fruit was in perfect condition. After fermentation in stainless steel vats, both parcels matured separately before blending in November 2019. The blended wine then finished its maturation in French oak barriques before being bottled in April 2020.

A modern style of Australian red that also respects the tradition of using varietal blending to create a more rounded wine. It shows intense plum fruit sweetness from the Shiraz, while the Cabernet component adds to the length and fullness, with characters of dark berry and chocolate.


93 points

"There will always be a discussion about which of the Tyrrell’s reds people like best, and that’s fine. That’s the way it is. We all have our own little circuits that fire in different ways. All I will say, though, is that Vat 8 is easily the wine of the vintage. Full. Stop. Creamy, ripe berries, biscuits, and spice, fleshy fruit of fair depth and boysenberry juiciness, a sprinkle of dried herb, fine chalky tannin, and a solid and satisfying finish. Come as you are."

93 points
Ned Goodwin MW

"A quintessential domestic blend. The southern French have been doing it for quite some time too. The one top wine is still assembled in small barriques. These impart a clear high note of bitter chocolate, mocha, and vanilla espresso. Otherwise, blackcurrant, lilac, anise, graphite, and fecund Hunter earth. Terracotta tannins, are long and emphatic, auguring well for a long life. Lots of adolescent fruit and jangly structural ribs. These will gel in time."


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Serving Temp.
17-19 °C
Cellar until
Now - 2035
Food pairing
Ribs, spicy sausages and smoked brisket

Tasting Profile

Spiced milk chocolate, elegant fine balance, cassis, bilberries, soft cedar wood, smoky bacon, sweet and spiced with great restraint and elegance, allow it to evolve in a decanter or keep for a few years.

Tyrrells Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet 2019

Tyrrells Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet 2019

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