2019 Tyrrell's Old Patch Shiraz
The packaging has changed, so I will update that later. Here’s Old Patch, which kind of sounds like a sailor’s dog or similar, the vineyard planted in 1867. 3500 bottles produced, which is a nice even number. What a pleasure it is to run through these wines every year. I think we have been doing it for 14 years now, or something like that. Maybe I’ll get long service leave soon?
Purple fruit, light earthiness, aniseed, spice and perfume. A lighter style in 2019, tannin is gentle but present, and structure is built on acidity over tannin, cranberry crunch on a spicy and dusty finish of fine length. It’s a charmer with less of the thunder of prior years, though the class of the vineyard still shines through. I suspect it will age beautifully. Drink 2024 - 2034+
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front (May 2020)
The depth and purity here is entrancing. It has immense power, unrivaled purity and impeccably fresh aromas of blueberries, raspberries, red and dark cherries, blackberries and cassis, as well as ethereal violets and cedar. The palate has such vibrant and intense, fruity raspberry, red-plum and blueberry flavors with polished texture and a very, very long and pure finish. Fresh flavors hold for minutes. This is the fourth 100-point rating in as many releases. From vines planted in 1867. Drink over the next thirty years. Screw cap. Only 300 cases made.
JamesSuckling.com (Jan 2021)