Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tyrrells Stevens Shiraz 2006

Tyrrells Stevens Shiraz 2006 (Hunter Valley, NSW) Screwcap, $28

The 2006 red vintage, it has to be said, is one underrated prospect in the Hunter Valley. Sandwiched between the dry (and hence good) 05 & 07 vintages, 06 for my mind is a vintage for the drinker. The wines are lighter, fragrant, medium bodied and rather delicious drinks, particularly for anyone looking for more than just sweet fruit in their wines.

The colour is a light to mid red, with purpley edges that make it look very youthful in the glass. From here the nose is slightly volatile & infused with fragrant cranberry, red berries & licorice with a slightly metallic, typical Hunter edge. If you stuck this in with a lineup of random Australian Pinots I don't think this would look out of place. Its a lovely nose and as the air gets into it smells more floral and pretty by the minute.

Onto the palate which is earthen, medium bodied & quite Hunter elegant, but it still feels like a work in progress - its a bit full and raw, finishing with some intrusive oak tannins on the tail. At this point in time its also quite a step behind the richer, incredibly impressive 2005 version, but if the nose is anything to go by (and the previous vintages) however, this should be a very smart wine in just a few years. 17+

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