The Australian wine industry is the world's fourth largest exporter of wine with approximately 750 million litres a year to the international export market with only about 40% of production consumed domestically. Wine is produced in every state, with more than 60 designated wine regions totaling approximately 160,000 hectares; however Australia's wine regions are mainly in the southern, cooler parts of the country, with vineyards located in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland. The wine regions in each of these states produce different wine varieties and styles that take advantage of the particular terroir such as: climatic differences, topography and soil types. With the major varieties being predominantly Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Semillon, Pinot noir, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc. Wines are often labeled with the name of their grape variety, which must constitute at least 85 percent of the wine.
- Item #: i_381437Bottle Size: 750mlJames Suckling: 93Sourced from a small selection of our favourite Semillon blocks, the grapes were both hand and machine picked before gentle pressing and fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine then spent a few months on yeast lees to gain extra complexity and mouth feel.
A lifted nose showing citrus freshness, the palate continues with fresh citrus and concentrated grapefruit flavours. The palate is light to medium bodied with a perfect balance of fruit and soft acid. In a vintage of this quality, all of our Semillon ended up with an “A” grade and we are incredibly pleased with the release of this Hunter Valley Semillon, easily our best yet.
- Item #: i_383525Bottle Size: 750mlJames Suckling: 95JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "A different expression of old-vine shiraz due to the sandy soil in which it grows; this rare parcel from vines planted in 1908 has been matured in a single 2700-liter, new-French-oak cask — a tradition that is at the core of these great Tyrrell's reds. The nose has plenty of brambly, raspberry and boysenberry fruits and is really nicely framed in spicy and more savory oak notes. Some licorice and a hint of cassis, but this is really bright and vibrant. The palate is smooth and upbeat, where slim-fit tannins are curved neatly around a core of perfectly balanced, medium-weight shiraz that taps into redcurrant, red-plum and dark-plum flavorrs. It's all illuminated with bright tannins and holds long, pure and right on point. Give it at least ten years if you have the patience."
- Item #: i_383659Bottle Size: 750mlA blend of shiraz and cabernet from the Hunter Valley, with the shiraz sourced from premium vineyards on the Tyrrell's property and Moon Mountain vineyard and the cabernet coming from Pokolbin. All of the components were fermented and matured separately until blending. After blending the wine was put back into French oak barriques, 30% of which were new, until bottling. The wine was predominately matured in smaller 225L barriques. As always with Vat 8, we see much darker fruits and some chocolate characters in the wine, along with the extra element of spice from the higher percentage of new oak.