Tyrrell's Vat 6 Pinot Noir Hunter Valley
A classic Hunter Pinot Noir – well balanced and full flavoured. Light in colour, the Vat 6 Pinot Noir has a strawberry lift on the nose with stalk character from the whole bunch ferment adding complexity. The palate is delicate with bright berry fruit characters being the forerunner to the fine tannin structure. It is a wine that will age well in the medium term.
Hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard, wild yeast-open fermented with 20% whole bunches, matured in French barriques (8% new) for 11 months. Light colour; red cherry, strawberry and pomegranate. Drink now if pinot noir varietal character is important, over the next 5 years if it is not.
92 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion, January 2019.
Red fruits, spicy and bunchy, a little smoky and reductive, slight Hunter earthiness, flicker of toasty vanilla oak. Medium bodied, lovely tickle of graphite tannin, savoury but fresh strawberry and lightness of touch throughout, good finish, firm but fresh. Tastes like Pinot, it’s not a dry red, that’s for sure. It will shine with a little more bottle age to bring out further complexity. It’s a very good Vat 6.
94 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, May 2018.
Medium red/purple colour with a rich, plummy, chocolate, vanilla and dark cherry aroma, which is loaded with charm and appeal. A subtle touch of stalky, sappy aroma, expressed as bitter Italian herb characters. The wine is medium-bodied and soft-textured with abundant fine-grained tannins and a certain saltiness on the mid-palate and finish. A very appealing wine.
92 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review, July 2019.
Lots of berries to this pinot, such as dried cranberries and raspberries. Some richer redcurrants and spices, too. The palate is well-rounded but fine and succulent with juicy tannins and a persistent thread of acidity. A flavourful finish.
92 points, Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com, August 2018.