The fruit for the 2014 Vat 9 Shiraz was sourced only from the oldest and best blocks of the Ashmans property which all share the same deep volcanic, red clay soils. The oldest of these blocks was planted in 1892. An almost perfect growing season was experienced for the 2014 vintage, one of the best in recent memory. This meant that all of the fruit we harvested was in pristine condition and had beautiful flavour. The blocks were all hand picked and sorted in the vineyard before arriving at the winery. All the fruit was destemmed but not crushed, followed by fermentation in traditional open top concrete vats. After fermentation, the wines were matured in newer 2700L French oak casks for 15 months.
After seven years in the bottle, its colour is amazingly youthful; intense currant red with deep purple hues. Dried herbs, liquorice and forest floor create a complex array of seductive aromatics. Cola confectionary hints at the warm vintage, leading into savoury spice, liquorice and fresh, dark fruits. The subtle influence of French oak (foudre, 2700L) appears as a structural component; offering a polished palate shape with a persistent length. This wine highlights the Hunter Valley’s ability to make fresh, medium-bodied wines in warm vintages.
Alcohol – 13.9%
Cellaring – Drink now, or cellar up to another 30 years.
99 Points | Huon Hooke, The Real Review
“Deep red/purple colour, still youthful and fresh, the bouquet is gloriously complex and multi-faceted, loaded with smoky coal-dust, earthy, graphite nuances overlying licorice, dark cherry and dark chocolate. It’s full-bodied and quite powerful, bigger than normal for Tyrrell’s, with abundant tannins that are in harmony with the rest of the wine. An enormously impressive win which is starting to drink superbly and has many years ahead of it. A smashing shiraz.” 13th Oct 2020
97 Points | Mike Bennie, Wine Front
Great, great wine here. What shape it’s in! A mature athlete. Red-purple colour! Juicy but so very fine and fresh, layers of red berry-cherry fruit spectrum, clove spice, game meat, pecan nuttiness. Superb flavours, that freshness though is the unnerving thing, it’s just so damn bright and lively, hugely pinot-like but with the febrile tannin of great nebbiolo. Nuts!