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Australia, Hunter Valley


Tyrrell's Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz 2016

Tyrrell's Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz 2016 92 pts Wine Spectator

Food Accompaniments

Grilled lamb chops

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

92 pts Wine Spectator 11/30/18
Complex and aromatic, with spice, fresh earth, cream soda and black walnut flavors that are rich and polished, giving way to succulent plum and cassis elements. Black pepper and Earl Grey tea grace notes linger effortlessly on the finish. Drink now through 2029.
90 pts Wine Enthusiast August 2019
This historic Hunter Valley winery also owns vineyards further afield, and this Shiraz is from Heathcote in Central Victoria, though it still wears the Tyrrell's crown. After a little swirling in the glass, it unveils aromas of plump blueberry, plum, mocha, licorice and florals. Medium to full bodied, it offers an intricate play between texture and acidity, juicy fruit and taut, sandy tannins, hinting at stony minerality. There's an old-fashioned feel about this wine. It's comfortable in its own skin and doesn't try too hard to be modern.

Winemaker Notes

The story of the Rufus Stone dates back to medieval England and refers to the death of King William II, known as Rufus. Rufus was believed to have been killed by an errant arrow fired by Sir Walter Tyrrell – an ancestor of the Tyrrell family. Today the site of this infamous incident is marked by the Rufus Stone.
Since 1997, Tyrrell’s historical association with the Rufus Stone has been utilised for its top non Hunter red wines, sourced from vineyards in Heathcote.
The deep rich color of this wine indicates its intensity. The nose is full of ripe plum and dark cherries with a hint of white pepper and sweet vanilla. The flavors carry onto the palate which is full of big soft fruit, but balanced by an elegant oak structure and natural acid, resulting in a rich wine with a complex and fresh structure.

Chemical Analysis

6 Bottle price




14.9% alcohol by volume





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