Vat 9 Shiraz is sourced from the oldest and best blocks on the Tyrrell Estate ‘Ashmans’, where the oldest vines date back to 1892. The majority of the blend is made from fruit from the Weinkeller and Short Flat vineyards. All of these blocks feature soils that are ideal for growing super-premium Shiraz. 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. Handpicked and sorted in the vineyard during the second week of February, the fruit from the different blocks was fermented separately in open-top vats. The individual wines were then matured in new and one year-old 2700L French oak casks before the blend was assembled in November 2019. The blend was then matured for a further five months before bottling.
Vibrant purple with an enticing nose showing lifted spice, dark berry aromas and a subtle hint of oak. The palate is medium-bodied, showing incredible intensity and a seamless structure, with wonderfully balanced fruit, acid, oak and tannin.
Alcohol – 13.0%
Cellaring – 10+ years