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    2018 Tyrrell's Vat 9 Shiraz

    Hunter Valley, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
    $79. 99 Bottle
    $959.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 10 Years (2021-2031)
    ABV: 13.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Matured in both new and one year old 2700 litre French oak casks for 15 months. Totally opaque black dark red core with a bright youthful purple hue. Emanating from the glass are spicy dark cherry, red plum and red liquorice scents which morph into meaty graphite like notes, earth and blackpepper. Mid weighted, rich dark cherry, plum and liquorice fruits flow across the palate underscored by smoky earth, subtle vanillin cedar, light graphite and peppered meat elements. Refined well integrated tannins and fresh acidity combine to provide great structure for longer term cellaring. Excellent depth concluding long with lots of finesse.
    Cellar 8-10 years.
    Alc. 13.5%

    Other Reviews…
    From the oldest and best blocks on the Ashman property, hand-picked and vineyard-sorted, each block vinified separately in open vats, maturation in new and 1yo 2700l French casks until the blend assembled in Dec ‘19, then given a further 5 months before bottling. This is a woven tapestry of black fruits studded with sparks of red. Soars after a challenging bouquet. Drink by 2048.
    95 points
    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

    Often, in the scurry for the ‘yellow label’ wines, I think people forget quite how good Vat 9 is. This year, it’s a mixed cask of NVC and 8 Acres, with the bulk coming from Weinkeller and Contours (Short Flat).
    Red and black fruits, sweet liquorice and milk chocolate on the sly, spice and plenty of perfume. Medium-bodied, fresh blackberry, lively, powerful, succulent and smooth, creaminess to the tannin, a chocolate and velour deluxe kind of feel, bright boysenberry acidity, and heaps of length. A very fine Vat 9. One for the ages. Drink 2022-2040+
    96+ points
    Gary Walsh – The Wine Front