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1999 McWilliams Tyrian
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Much has been written about this new grape variety, which has been especially developed by the CSIRO for warm regions of Australia. The vine was developed by crossing Cabernet Sauvignon with an obscure Spanish Variety called Sammul. The Scientists in their press release were very enthusiastic about the new variety and have in fact developed 4 variants. McWilliams have been testing the TYRIAN variety. The press release referred to a new style red that would have outstanding colour, flavour and tannin structure that would allow the wine to cellar for many years.The McWilliams Tyrian has been released, and whilst it delivers on some of the promises it seems to fall short on depth of flavour and persistence. Now, having said that, it may be more to do with the cropping levels rather than the variety itself.Deep crimson purple colour. Lifted nose, with aromas of spice, liquorice, plum and pepper followed by a dark cherry end note. Medium body with flavours of spice, liquorice, plum and stewed fruit. Rather straightforward but that may be more to do with a modest wine making approach rather than any inherent qualities of the grape. Fine grained tannins with stewed fruit and plum aftertaste followed by long lingering dry tannins. A well made commercial wine.