The fruit for the 2009 Vat 9 Shiraz was sourced from Tyrrell’s super premium vineyards on the Ashman’s property with an average vine age of 50 years. Predominately from the Weinkeller and Short Flat vineyards.
Good rain through winter saw the winemaking team set up for a great vintage. The first week of February saw warmer weather with temperatures in the high 30s. This dehydrated the berries, lifted the sugars and toughened the skins whilst maintaining a great balance of flavours.
The juice was fermented in open top vats which were hand plunged and pumped over six times daily. The wine was matured in new (60%) and one year old (40%) French oak casks (2800L) for fifteen months prior to bottling.
Bright purple in colour, the wine has a fresh nose of berries and violets with a subtle oak lift. The palate is medium weight with the immediate fruit sweetness being the core of the palate structure. The oak fills out the mid palate which is extended with a fine, clean acid structure. A creamy, soft textured wine which is a great example of modern Hunter shiraz.
5 Trophies. 2 Gold Medals.
97 points - James Halliday