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2021 Tyrrell's 8 Acres Shiraz

Hunter ValleyRedAustralianHighly RecommendPrivate Cellar

$ 180.00 AUD


The Tyrrell’s estate, nestled in the foothills of the Brokenback Range in the Hunter Valley, is a unique patchwork of vineyards. Thriving in a diverse range of soils, from sandy loams lying on ancient creek beds to heavier red clays over limestone, these vineyards produce some of the most distinctive and refined wines in the world.The 1.5-hectare 8 Acres vineyard was planted with Shiraz vines in 1892. It sits just below the 4 Acres vineyard beside the driveway up to the winery at an elevation of 130 metres. Like the 4 Acres, it sits on deep-red podzolic clay over limestone, but the vine orientation is north–south, perpendicular to the 4 Acres vines, and the vineyard produces a different style of wine altogether. On the western side of the vineyard there are also 1.7 hectares of Pinot Noir vines, which it shares with the 4 Acres vineyard. Taken as cuttings from Mount Pleasant, they were planted in 1972 by Murray Tyrrell with the aim of replicating the great red wines of Burgundy. Traditionally a component of the Vat 9 blend, since the 2018 vintage one cask of wine from the 8 Acres vineyard has been bottled on its own to be released as the 8 Acres Shiraz.

Region - Hunter Valley

Type - Red

Year - 2021

Winery - Tyrrell's

Grape - Shiraz/Syrah

Volume - Standard - 750ml

About the wine

Tasting notes

Deep purple/red colour. Exotic sweet cherry aromas, a hint of boiled lolly or fruit bonbon, the palate savoury and drying, intense and quite powerful, with tremendous persistence on the aftertaste. A remarkable wine of impressive intensity and length, although only medium to full-bodied. A delicious core of sweet cherry flavour that lingers on and on.

Wine descriptors

Captivating and Complex, Elegant and Fine, For the Cellar, Juicy and Fruity, Smooth and Seductive, Something Special

Fruit aromas & flavour

Cherries, Citrus, Dark Berries, Red Berries

Other aromas & flavour

Earth, Florals, Herbals, Meaty, Minerality, Spices, Vanilla

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Expert review

A bit dusty on the nose at first, with violets, garrigue herbals, red/purple fruit and slight char. In the mouth it's deeply flavoured, we woven and vibrant with flavours of blueberry, deep raspberry and hints of blood orange. It's long and moves with great momentum. Almost Pinot-esque...I really like this!

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The Grape

Shiraz or Syrah

Shiraz, or Syrah, is one of the most loved, rich and powerful red wine varieties made famous for its mineral and structured expressions from the Rhône in France and the rich and decadent fruity expressions from the Barossa Valley in Australia. Full bodied, rich in antioxidants and generously fruity, Shiraz sits proudly on the table for those that like their wine big and bold. Think violets, blackberries, plum, chocolate, pepper, black olive, liquorice, rosemary, tobacco and spice...i'm thirsty already!