Tyrrell’s in one of Australia’s oldest family-owned wineries, established in 1858. Edward Tyrrell, an Englishman, arrived in Australia in 1854, aged 19, and set himself up in the Hunter Valley in 1858. The hunter Valley was an established area during this time, full of pre-existing vineyards. After planting a vineyard, the first vintage was harvested in 1864, from two varieties which were becoming popular in the Valley: Semillon and Shiraz. Since that time, the winery has been managed by a succession of Tyrrell family members, now made up of the fifth generation. From its humble beginnings, Tyrrell’s now has 106ha of Chardonnay, Semillon, Shiraz and Pinot Noir vineyards in the warm, maritime climate of the Hunter Valley, and 26ha of Shiraz in the cooler, continental climate of Heathcote in central Victoria. Fruit is sourced from other regions such as McLaren Vale and Eden Valley in South Australia. For over a century, winemaking duties were undertaken by members of the Tyrrell family, with only three non-family members holding the position of chief winemaker. The winery has undergone change over the years, such as progressing from 95% of their business emanating from the cellar door to now exporting to over 50 countries.
The range of wines from Tyrrell’s is immense, from easy-drinking whites, sparkling wines to full-bodied reds. The ‘Hunter Valley Semillon’ is sourced from several vineyards in the area, and features aromas and flavours of citrus and grapefruit, and a light to medium-bodied palate. The ‘Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz’ has aromas and flavours of plums, cherries and white pepper, and a full-bodied mouthfeel and long finish, with elegant oak notes and medium acid. The ‘Winemaker’s Selection Vat 6 Pinot Noir’ is a sumptuous wine with aromas and flavours of wild strawberries and mushrooms, with fine tannins and a long length that can see it cellar for over five years.