Why Not Wednesday- Tyrrells Winery
The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s premier wine growing regions and takes in an area of approximately 12,000 square kilometres. It is bordered by mountain ranges, all of which are part of the Hunter River system catchment. The upper Hunter (around Scone, Murrurundi and Merriwa) is undulating country while the lower Hunter (Maitland, Cessnock) is reasonably flat country, some of which lies in the flood plains of the Hunter, Paterson and Williams Rivers. Much of the economy in the Hunter region is based upon mining, light industry, steel production and agriculture.
Englishman Edward Tyrrell was 19 years old when he arrived in Australia in 1854 with his elder brother Lovick. Edward moved to the Hunter Valley to take up dairy farming and when he saw the land, was said to have marveled at the thriving vineyards that had been planted along the Hunter River. When Edward arrived at Pokolbin in 1858, only a few blocks were left available for vine growing. He settled on a conditional purchase of 320 acres of land abutting the edge of the Brokenback Range, much further into the Valley, and named the property “Ashmans” after family holdings in Suffolk, England.
Fast forward to Murray Tyrrell, born in 1921 to Avery and Dorothy Tyrrell. Many things have been written about Murray Davey Tyrrell: “larger than life”, “the King of the Hunter Valley”, and “The Mouth of The Hunter”. His views on winemaking have helped shape the modern Hunter Valley and revolutionised the drinking habits of the Australian public. After serving in World War II, Murray ran a cattle business before taking over winemaking duties at Tyrrell’s Wines at the age of 37. In 1951, Murray and his wife Ruth had their first son, Bruce Tyrrell. Bruce was always interested in the business side of winemaking. He was the first member of the winemaking family to go to University, studying Agricultural Economics at the University of New England. He joined the family company on a full-time basis in 1974 at the age of 23 years. It was during this time that Bruce fell in love with semillon.
In 1989, Bruce put away the first quantity of Vat 1 Semillon. Seven years later it was released and started the tradition of Tyrrell’s best Hunter Semillon coming to market with bottle age; with an unsurpassed record in the wine shows. The development of semillon continued with the identification of the best semillon vineyards in the Lower Hunter. These are now made to show their individual characters and gaining show success to rival Vat 1.
Tyrrell’s Wines recognises their responsibility to the environment, and is committed to proactively managing our interaction with our environment by establishing and maintaining standards of excellence to minimize our environmental impact. To achieve this, Tyrrell’s has established an Environmental Management System (EMS), which was launched in April 2009 and is designed to operate in accordance with the requirements of the International Standard for Environmental Management, ISO 14,001. Since then, they have achieved a 51% reduction in Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions (average 7% per year), which represents over 1,900 tonnes less carbon-dioxide gas produced from fuels and coal fired electricity.
2016 Tyrrell’s Wines, Hunter Valley Australia – Semillon :: $22 Sale $19
Sourced from a selection of premium Shiraz vineyards the nose displays youthful bright fruit, which continues to the palate. A modern medium bodied red wine that lingers on the finish.
2014 Tyrrell’s Wines, Hunter Valley Australia – Shiraz :: $22 Sale $19
Sourced from a small selection of our favorite shiraz blocks, the grapes were both hand and machine picked before fermentation in the traditional open top vats. The wine was then matured in older, large format French oak casks. These 2,700 litre casks highlight the fruit purity whilst making sure that oak isn’t the dominant character.
2013 Tyrrell’s Wines Rufus Stone, Hunter Valley Australia – Shiraz :: $28 Sale $24
The deep rich red colour hints at the intensity of this wine. The nose is full of regional ripe plum and dark cherries with a pinch of white pepper and sweet vanillin. The flavours carry onto the palate which is full of big soft fruit, balanced by regional minerality, elegant oak and natural acid. The result is a classic Heathcote shiraz, a rich wine with a complex and fresh structure.
2013 Tyrrell’s Wines Vat 1, Hunter Valley Australia -Semillon :: $72 Sale $68
A clean, fresh citrussy semillon with a vibrant, zesty finish.
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