Country: Australia Region: Heathcote, Victoria
Vintage: 2014 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Tyrrells Winery
There is one famous family name in the region where the great traditions of the Hunter Valley are joined by a restless spirit of wine innovation. That name is Tyrrell’s. The founding father of Tyrrell’s Wines, Edward Tyrrell, spent his childhood growing up in Kent, often known as the garden of England. In 1854 Edward moved to Australia, and in a few short years he and his family had settled in the Hunter Valley. The Hunter Valley can be a rugged and unforgiving environment and must have seemed a million miles away from the verdant folds of Kent. But Edward had a strength and determination that would come to be a hallmark of the Tyrrell’s clan. Edward wasted no time building the first residence on the property; an iron bark hut that still stands today. Next was a winery in time for the first Tyrrell’s vintage in 1864. This was soon followed by more vineyards including the 4 Acres Vineyard. Planted in 1879, it is one of the oldest in the Hunter Valley. They blend dedication to hand-crafted, minimal intervention wines while never shirking the growth and evolution of wine styles. It’s a practise that has been handed down from generation to generation, renewed with fresh vigour with each passing of the baton. Today, the winemaking baton is being passed from fourth generation father Bruce Tyrrell to his fifth-generation son, Chris Tyrrell. Sharing the learnings that come from over 150 vintages in one of the world’s great, unique wine regions. In a relatively short space of time, Chris has blossomed when others may have wilted under the weight of expectation. The future for Tyrrell’s is looking brighter than ever.
Tasting Note: Tyrrell’s Lunatiq Shiraz displays a deep purple colour. Brooding aromas of plum, chocolate and cinnamon spiced French oak flow off the scintillating nose. Rich and layered fruit tannins fuse with the fine-grained oak as well as mineral texture to lead to a lengthy climax.
Food Matches: Aged Cheeses, Rich Red Meat Dishes