Tyrrells Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet 2021


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Hunter Valley, Australia
95 points




In 2021, they embarked on a journey to reconnect with their cherished heritage, crafting the Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet as a harmonious multi-regional blend. Their source of pride, the Shiraz, hails from the finest parcels nestled within the Tyrrell’s Estate ‘Ashmans’ property, while the Cabernet Sauvignon finds its home in the renowned McLaren Vale region. This year's vintage, a symphony of flavors, boasts a composition of 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.

The stage for this remarkable vintage was set during the autumn and winter months of 2020 when a generational drought was finally broken by substantial, life-giving rainfall. This heralded an exceptional growing season for the 2021 vintage. A temperate summer ensured stress-free ripening, with a touch of warmth around Australia Day arriving precisely during the final stages of ripening. Early budburst and a later-than-normal harvest extended the hang time of the fruit, endowing it with delightful flavors harmonized by a naturally high acidity.

Following fermentation in stainless steel vats, both parcels embarked on separate maturation journeys before uniting in November 2021. The blended wine then continued its maturation in French oak barriques, culminating in a bottling ceremony in April 2022.

This rendition of the Great Australian Red celebrates the tradition of varietal blending to create a wine of unparalleled depth and finesse. Revel in the intense plum sweetness of the Shiraz, adorned with dark berry and chocolate nuances, while the Cabernet component bestows density and structure upon this exquisite creation. As a testament to its excellence, this wine proudly boasts an impressive collection of six gold medals earned on its remarkable journey.


95 points
Gary Walsh

A blend of Hunter Shiraz 60% and McLaren Vale Cabernet. Kind of a curio in the Tyrrell’s portfolio, though one with history and pedigree. I think the Hunter Valley and McLaren Vale sing well together, as an aside. Rich, black fruit, black olive, a bit of liquorice and aniseed. Medium to full-bodied, ripe with red and black fruit, a smooth ride of deep flavour, and a slightly earthy character, the tannin really fine and massed on a long finish. Impressive.

93 points
James Halliday

First created in 1962 by the late Murray Tyrrell, and I vividly remember discussing the wine with Murray and my two other Brokenwood partners. The Hunter Valley shiraz (60%) and the McLaren Vale cabernet sauvignon (40%) were matured separately in newer/new barriques, assembled and returned to oak for a further five months. 2021 was a magnificent vintage in McLaren Vale, and its 40% component is responsible for the deeper colour, higher alcohol and greater tannin structure of a wine that stands apart from the other Tyrrell's top-tier releases, needing time in extended bottle maturation.

93 points

Lightly chewy and focused young red with blackcurrant, blackberry and cherry aromas and flavors with some spices. Medium to full body. Creamy texture.


Screw cap
Serving Temp.
17-19 °C
Food pairing
Ribs, spicy sausages and smoked brisket

Tasting Profile

A modern interpretation of the Great Australian Red that respects the tradition of varietal blending to make a more rounded wine. The wine shows intense plum fruit sweetness from the Shiraz with dark berry and chocolate characters. The Cabernet component adds to the density and structure of the wine

Tyrrells Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet 2021

Tyrrells Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet 2021

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