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2019 Old Hillside Shiraz


The Old Hillside vineyard on Marrowbone Road, Pokolbin was purchased by the Tyrrell family in December 2017. This vineyard contains the ‘Old Patch’. The Old Hillside Shiraz comes from the younger vines on the vineyard, which have an average age of 50 years. It is a steep, east-facing block that sits right underneath the Brokenback mountain range, which provides great protection. The block features darker, richer soils than those at our Ashmans property. The 2019 vintage in the Hunter Valley was another high quality year across all varieties and is 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. The fruit was handpicked and sorted in the vineyard before fermentation took place in our open-top vats. After fermentation, the wine was matured for 14 months in mostly newer 2500L French oak casks.

A well-balanced, elegant style that shows good balance between vibrant fruit and savoury spice, along with classic Hunter Valley wet earth. The oak is only a minor component and the tannins provide structure and depth on the back palate.

Alcohol – 13%
Cellaring – 5–10 years


95 Points | Ned Goodwin MW, Wine Companion

"From a steep eastern-facing site with darker, richer soils, dating back to the 1950s. Matured in newer 2700L casks for 14 months. Ethereal and nudging mid weight at best. Sappy and beautifully textured, without a skerrick of overt fruit sweetness emerging from polished tannic rails, chamois of texture. The oak, adding further restraint, is impeccably appointed. A wine of a pinot-like grace and lightness of being. Floral. Cherry. Rosewater. Sweet earth. A classic Hunter luncheon Burgundy, as this style was once called. Rightly so. Gorgeous wine."

92 Points | Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

"Blackberry, violet, pretty and perfumed, but with a modest earthy bass, slight unripe strawberry acidity, especially on the finish, but flesh around it, and good length with a bit of tomato acidity. Length is good, mind you, Many good things, but perhaps a little too sappy? See how you go."

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