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Grapes from the Tyrell Wines Vineyards, Hunter Valley

Grapes from the Tyrell Wines Vineyards, Hunter Valley [©Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association]

Vineyards in the Hunter Valley wine region
The crushing of the gapes at Brokenwood, Hunter Valley


The growing season of the 2018 Hunter Valley vintage can be compared to 2003 in terms of lack of rainfall. Below-average rains of approximately 15 cm (6 inches) was received between June 2017 and January 2018, combined with above average temperatures, resulting in a slightly earlier vintage.

"The long, dry season and very low humidity resulted in virtually zero disease pressure. The winemakers had no pressure as to when to pick, and all of the fruit has been in optimal condition" said Liz Riley from Vitibit. "We have had two warm weeks and two really cool ones with incredible cool nights and mornings. The cool nights have retained the grapes' acid, providing the structure that goes with the ripe fruit at lower levels of sugar."

“The wines of 2018 have good depths of flavour, quite tightly structured with a few having a pronounce grapefruit palate flavour. Early days as yet but I feel the chardonnays will again be very good, clean, tight and good flavours” said Chris Tyrrell from Tyrrell's Wines.

Senior Winemaker for Brokenwood Wines, Stuart Hordern said "Crop levels for most varieties have been down slightly on normal but the quality has been very high, producing whites that are fuller and softer that will be great on release. Early signs are pointing to a great vintage for reds.”

“Semillon shows classic varietal flavours with great fruit weight. Shiraz has weathered the heat well and enjoyed the recent mild conditions, have ripe fruit with tannin maturity. A great year for single sites to display their pedigree.”

Chief Winemaker for Tyrrell’s Wines, Andrew Spinaze said“All in all, the 2018 vintage has been a charmed one and all of the growers and winemakers in the region are very excited about the wines that will be released later this year.


This vintage report provided by the Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association.


  • Hunter Valley (NSW)

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