Sunday, February 7, 2010


- Heathcote, VIC/McLaren Vale, SA/Hunter Valley, NSW
- $7-$15
- Screwcap
- 14.0%alc

The Old Winery Shiraz hasn't exactly set the world on fire but Tyrrell's new labelling, which incorporates its regional sources, carried me over the line on the 2007. Heathcote (75%), McLaren Vale (20%) and the Hunter Valley (5%) sounded like a pretty handy combination when I asked my wallet's opinion of this $9 wine.

It's very ripe and jammy on the nose, with a slightly stewed fragrance of prunes, violet and spices revealing a liberal influence of sweet oak. Marked by sour acidity, the light-medium bodied palate reveals a somewhat hollow expression of thinly fruited raspberry, black cherry and currant flavour, ending with slight baked notes and a persisting sourness.

X I like the more informative label but this is much the same wine as it was before. The 2008 Old Winery Shiraz (83% Heathcote/17% McLaren Vale) has already seen the first wave of reviews and it might be a better bet. Drink now.
84 points

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