There is no other Australian shiraz that is as multifaceted and encapsulates the concept of light and shade as the Tyrrell’s Vat 9 Shiraz. To quote Robert Hughes from his masterpiece, Goya, it is ‘the primal struggle of light and dark, that flux from which all consciousness of shape is born’.
The 2017 Vat 9 is at once pretty, floral, elegant and gently spicy. Pinot-esque, but with some darker fruits and tar. Vivid, transparent colour – I was lulled into thinking this would be soft and easy, so beguiling the nose. The first soft sip ripped apart these assumptions. There is a ‘primal struggle’ between the pretty elegant blue and red fruits and the ruthlessly brutal tannins and cool cutting acid line. Surging energy, raging power and sumptuous fruit. A layered masterpiece.
…..Medium-bodied, purity and purpose through the mouth, presenting an even flow of flavour from front to back. So much charm….. What a delight. Polished to perfection…. a superb Shiraz. 96 Points – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Sourced from the oldest and best blocks on the Tyrrell’s property; the 1892 8 Acres, 1968 Contours and 1968 Weinkeller vineyards. With an average vine age of 66 years, all the fruit is dry grown on red volcanic clay over limestone soils. Matured separately in new and 1 year old French oak casks (2700L) for 11 months until blending. The assembled blend was then matured for a further 5 months before bottling.