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2019 Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet


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Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet is sourced from Shiraz grown on the Tyrrell Estate ‘Ashmans’ and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the Pokolbin Hills Estate. The blend for the 2019 vintage is 90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 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. After fermentation in stainless steel vats, both parcels were matured separately before blending in November 2019. The blended wine then finished its maturation in French oak barriques before being bottled in April 2020.

A modern style of Australian red that also respects the tradition of using varietal blending to create a more rounded wine. It shows intense plum fruit sweetness from the Shiraz, while the Cabernet component adds to the length and fullness, with characters of dark berry and chocolate.

Alcohol – 13.5%
Cellaring – 5-10 years


93+ Points | Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

"There will always be discussion about which of the Tyrrell’s reds people like best, and that’s fine. That’s the way it is. We all have our own little circuits that fire in different ways. All I will say, though, is that 4A is easily the wine of the vintage. Full. Stop. Creamy, ripe berries, biscuits and spice, fleshy fruit of fair depth and boysenberry juiciness, a sprinkle of dried herb, fine chalky tannin, and a solid and satisfying finish. Come as you are."

93 Points | Ned Goodwin MW, Wine Companion

"A quintessential domestic blend. The southern French have been doing it for quite some time too. The one top wine still assembled in small barriques. These impart a clear high note of bitter chocolate, mocha and vanilla-espresso. Otherwise, blackcurrant, lilac, anise, graphite and fecund Hunter earth. Terracotta tannins, long and emphatic, auguring well for a long life. Lots of adolescent fruit and jangly structural ribs. These will gel in time."

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