Tyrrells Vat 9 Shiraz 2019


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Hunter Valley, Australia
95 points


750ml (Standard)


Vat 9 Shiraz is sourced from the oldest and best blocks on the Tyrrell Estate ‘Ashmans’, where the oldest vines date back to 1892. The majority of the blend is made from fruit from the Weinkeller and Short Flat vineyards. All of these blocks feature soils that are ideal for growing super-premium Shiraz. 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.

Handpicked and sorted in the vineyard during the second week of February, the fruit from the different blocks was fermented separately in open-top vats. The individual wines were then matured in new and one-year-old 2700L French oak casks before the blend was assembled in November 2019. The blend was then matured for a further five months before bottling.

Vibrant purple with an enticing nose showing lifted spice, dark berry aromas, and a subtle hint of oak. The palate is medium-bodied, showing incredible intensity and a seamless structure, with wonderfully balanced fruit, acid, oak, and tannin.

This bottle is the standard 750ml. If you are looking for the Magnum 1.5L bottle, you can find it here.


95 points
Gary Walsh

"There’s so much to be said for not flooding Hunter Shiraz with small format oak. The best wines from this region don’t use it. And add to that, crazy acid additions. It’s very Vat 9. Boysenberry, vanilla, and floral perfume, classic smooth ride of ripe red fruits, slightly sticky tannin, medium-bodied at most, fresh and lively, yet still that regal carriage of richness, good length with a lick of tannin to close it out. So charming and effortless."

95 points
James Halliday

"A reversion to delicacy. A homage to a noble past of sappy, savoury Hunter Burgundy, as it was once known. With this, there has been an adoption of larger-format oak, less agitation, and with that, superior tannin management. The result is sappy, floral, detailed, and dangerously drinkable. Violet, dark cherry, clove, licorice straps, and a sachet of spice. Yet the texture is the totem. And it is sumptuous."


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Serving Temp.
17-19 °C
Cellar until
Now - 2035
Food pairing
Grilled or roast beef especially served rare or with a pepper sauce

Tasting Profile

Sourced from numerous vineyards with the oldest being from 1918; dark and plummy with spice on the front palate this then opens up with more sweet fruited berries, and lush blackcurrants again with spice but refreshed with precise acidity.
On the finish, it is silky and pure and lingers with a delicate, refined, perfumed feel. Bruce says that this is ‘Hunter Shiraz’ not ‘Aussie Shiraz’, with alcohol in general between 12.8% abv and 13.5% abv – he is looking for lovely sweet fruit, with fresh acidity with a lift from the oak, but predominately allows the grapes, soil, and land shine.

Tyrrells Vat 9 Shiraz 2019

Tyrrells Vat 9 Shiraz 2019

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