2023 Tyrrell's Special Release Cabernet Sauvignon

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Medium-bodied 'classic Claret' from the iconic Tyrrell family.

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A new addition to the Tyrrell's stable here and one that has an instant cult following.

Cabernet hasn't had the history in the Hunter Valley that the likes of Chardonayy, Semillon & Shiraz have, but it's not unknown - just look at the iconic wines of Lake's Folly for just how well this variety can grow up in the Hunter's climate.

This is built in a medium-bodied 'Claret' style, all about bright primary fruit, soft mouth-feel and smooth silky tannins.

95 points
"Hunter Valley Cabernet from Tyrrell’s. How exciting... Oh my. I love everything about this. It drinks so well now, though I reckon later will be just fine too. Beautifully made."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

At Tyrrell’s our focus is always on quality and authenticity, crafting wines that speak of their origins. Over five generations, we’ve honed our craft and built a portfolio of premium wines, but every now and then, we get the opportunity to try something different. Thanks to our long history, we’ve built up relationships with other growers and sometimes we’re offered a great batch of grapes. Our Special Release range is for just these wines – limited production one-offs and trial batches, or just something unique or different.

The Cabernet was sourced from the Pokolbin Hills Vineyard, which was planted in 2009 at the base of Pokolbin Mountain and features brown and red podzolic clay loam soil.

In the lead up to the 2023 vintage, there was an abundance of rain in spring which gave great soil moisture heading into the dry months of December and January. The harvest period was relatively stress-free without any adverse conditions such as rain or heat. This vintage has produced well-balanced, complex wines with fruit purity and is considered to be an exceptional Hunter Valley vintage.

Harvested in late February in perfect condition this small batch was fermented cool in a single, two tonne open top vat. After two weeks on skins, gentle pump over and hand plunging techniques were used for gentle extraction. The fermenting wine was then transferred to French oak barriques (15% new) and matured for eight months. No fining required just filtered into bottle.

Varietal graphite, blue fruits on the nose, pure fruited, bright, modern with mouth coating velvety soft, cocoa powder-like tannins. An elegant Cabernet that is utterly drinkable.

95 points - "Hunter Valley Cabernet from Tyrrell’s. How exciting. Blue and red fruits, a distinct violet and aniseed perfume, pencils and cedar. Medium-bodied, plush in purple and blue fruit, balanced acidity, raspberry succulence but with a fine mass of gravelly tannin, delightful mouth-perfume, and a cocoa powder finish of excellent length. A distinct ‘mineral’ feel to it. Oh my. I love everything about this. It drinks so well now, though I reckon later will be just fine too. Beautifully made." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


Established in 1858, Tyrrell's, an esteemed family-owned winery, holds a prominent place in Australia's viticultural history. Renowned for exemplary Shiraz, Semillon, and Chardonnay releases, the Tyrrell family safeguards the Hunter Valley's finest and oldest vineyards, upholding a legacy of quality winemaking. Chris Tyrrell, continuing the family tradition, ensures Tyrrell's remains a crucial pillar in the realm of Australian wine.

Embedded in the Hunter Valley's fabric, Tyrrell's, guided by founder Edward Tyrrell, pioneered Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, influencing the iconic Semillon style. Notably, their Vat 1 Semillon, Australia's most-awarded white wine, holds almost 5,500 medals and 330 trophies.

While honoring their heritage, the Tyrrells embrace innovation, staying at the forefront of the dynamic Hunter Valley. Fifth-generation winemaker Chris Tyrrell finds humility in working with his forefathers' vineyards. The family's commitment extends to future generations, evidenced by their participation in Australia's First Families of Wine. Guided by Edward Tyrrell's motto, "Nothing is great unless it is good," the Tyrrell legacy persists, passing the business to successive generations, balancing reverence for the past with a forward-looking perspective.

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