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2019 Mother’s Shiraz


Mother’s vineyard is situated adjacent to Chris and Tegan Tyrrell’s home and has always been known as Mother’s after Murray Tyrrell’s mother, who lived there for her entire married life. The block was planted in 2010 using cuttings from 4 Acres, Johnno’s and Old Patch, ensuring that our best Shiraz clones are preserved. The 2019 vintage in the Hunter Valley was another high quality year across all varieties and was a stellar follow up to 2018. Continued dry conditions meant cropping levels were slightly lower than normal however all of the fruit was in perfect condition with intense concentration. The last of the Shiraz to be harvested, on 16 February, the grapes were fermented in stainless-steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine was matured for 14 months in a single two-year-old 2700L French oak cask.

Mother’s shows the dark-fruited, savoury spice aroma that is typical of the vintage. A crunchy, medium-bodied palate with only a hint of oak that is already showing great drinkability despite its youth.

Alc. 13%
Cellaring: 5+ years


94 Points | Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

"Boysenberry, nuts and perfume, some baking spices, light earthiness. Medium-bodied, raspberry and boysenberry, springy and firm tannin, bright and crisp to close, and pretty nice and long. Lighter in body, almost Pinot or Gamay-like in some respects. It will blossom into a very good wine, I feel." (May 2020)

93 Points | Ned Goodwin MW, Wine Companion

"Planted to cuttings from the more propitiously situated vineyards: Johnno's, the vaunted 4 Acres and Old Patch, in 2010. Massale selections from the Tyrell's cathedral. This vineyard, its own in-house nursery, if you will. Savoury. Mid weighted. Definitive Hunter 'Burgundy' styling, serviced by gentle extraction and large-format oak. Sassafras, orange peel, violet, kirsch and bing cherry. Fine, sappy, easygoing length. A strong suggestion of what it is, exactly, that the Hunter can do so well." (Jun 2022)

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