Celebrations run high for Tyrrell’s Wines at the 2016 Hunter Valley Wine Show

Continuing the high recognition by some of the country’s top judges, Australian family-owned Tyrrell’s Wines has had one of its most successful years on record at the Hunter Valley Wine Show. Tyrrell’s dominated the prize list, winning 17 of a total 59 available gold medals, and 10 of the 24 show trophies. 86% of all of their entries received a medal, along with Chardonnay of Show, Semillon of Show and the highly coveted Wine of Provenance Award for a third time.

In total, the 158 year old winery received 10 trophies, 17 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze medals, with the chardonnays collecting numerous gold medals and all of the trophies awarded for the variety this year. It also marks the sixth year Tyrrell’s have won Chardonnay of Show, with previous titles in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2014.

Tyrrell’s Chief Winemaker, Andrew Spinaze says “It’s rewarding to see that there has been a steady resurgence in the last 10 years of top-end chardonnay Australia wide. We try to stay at the forefront by trialling new techniques, and the results of this continue to deliver. This is especially reflected in our Vat 47 Chardonnay which maintains its status of one of the modern leaders of its variety.”

Tyrrell’s was also highly honoured to receive the Iain Riggs Wine of Provenance for a record third year for their Belford Semillon 2005, 2013 and 2016 vintages. This award is designed to recognise and celebrate wines of exceptional origin reflecting consistency of style and quality over time.

Managing Director, Bruce Tyrrell says, “The most important trophy to me is the Wine of Provenance, as it really recognises what the Hunter Valley is all about; wines with a sense of place and the ability to live and improve in the bottle” These results represent an unprecedented achievement with all of the credit going to Tyrrell’s talented winemaking and viticultural teams.


  • McGuigan Family Trophy Best mature two year old and older Semillon = Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 2009
  • George Wyndham Memorial Trophy Best Current Vintage and one year old Chardonnay = Tyrrell’s Belford Chardonnay 2015
  • Henry John Lindeman Memorial Trophy Best two year old and older Chardonnay = Tyrrell’s Vat 47 Chardonnay 2013
  • Graham Gregory Memorial Trophy Best Museum White Wine = Tyrrell’s Stevens Semillon 2006
  • Murray Tyrrell Chardonnay Trophy Best Chardonnay = Tyrrell’s Vat 47 Chardonnay 2013
  • John Lewis Newcastle Herald Trophy Best Museum Red Wine = Tyrrell’s Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet 2007
  • James Busby Memorial Trophy Best Mature three year old and older Shiraz = Tyrrell’s Vat 9 Shiraz 2013
  • Petrie-Drinan Trophy Best White Wine of Show = Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 2009
  • Maurice O’Shea Memorial Trophy Best Semillon = Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 2009
  • Iain Riggs Wine of Provenance = Tyrrell’s Belford Semillon 2005 / 2013 / 2016


  • 2015 HVD Semillon
  • 2015 Vat 47 Chardonnay
  • 2009 Vat 1 Semillon
  • 2014 Vat 47 Chardonnay
  • 2013 Vat 47 Chardonnay
  • 2014 Hunter Valley Shiraz Special Release
  • 2013 Vat 9 Shiraz
  • 2006 Belford Semillon
  • 2006 Stevens Semillon
  • 2006 Vat 1 Semillon
  • 2006 HVD Semillon
  • 2005 HVD Semillon
  • 2007 Vat 8 Shiraz
  • 2007 Stevens Shiraz
  • 2011 Stevens Semillon
  • 2015 Belford Chardonnay
  • 2014 Old Hut Shiraz
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