Tyrrell's `Rufus Stone` Shiraz 2018 (6 x 750mL) Heathcote, VIC

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The deep rich colour of this wine indicates its intensity. The nose is full of ripe plum and dark cherries with a hint of white pepper and sweet vanillin. The flavours 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.


Our top non-Hunter reds are named after the legend of the death of King William II, who was known as Rufus. He was supposedly killed by an errant arrow fired by Sir Walter Tyrrell whilst hunting in the New Forest. The site is today marked by a monument known as the Rufus Stone.

Heathcote is one of Australia’s unique and exciting red wine areas. Its unique topography provides the combination of climate and ancient soils to produce Shiraz that are fully ripe with white pepper character, excellent acidity and fine grained tannins.

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Expert Reviews

Silver & 90 Points - Campbell Mattinson, published 01 August, 2019

20th vintage release. Matured mostly in French oak, 20% new. It's a sweet and generous red with satiny texture and a warm burst to the finish. The mid palate is a river of berried flavour and while there's coffee cream oak at play too it's that warm flow of fruit that really wins the day. It will be a touch too sweet and warm for some; it will be nectar to others.

Winery Tasting Notes


Tyrrell’s established their vineyards in Victoria’s Heathcote in 1994.

Vintage Conditions

An early bud-burst, warmer night time temperatures and lower crop levels, all resulted in one of the earliest and quickest picks ever and some of the best fruit quality we have seen so far.

Winemaker’s Notes

An unusually early harvest in mid-February. The individual blocks were harvested and transported to our Hunter winery in the cool of the night with the temperatures usually getting below 10°C. After gentle destemming, the fruit was fermented separately in a combination of open and closed fermenters, producing 10 cuvées, each receiving slightly different handling. All were matured in predominately French oak barriques (20% new) in our temperature controlled barrel shed at 16°C for 18 months, during which they were racked three times. The ‘Rufus’ blend is made from the better batches, and pleasingly this year all were deemed good enough, highlighting the strength of the vineyard and the vintage.

Tasting Notes

Deep rich red colour hints at the intensity of this wine. The nose is full of regional ripe plum, dark cherries with a pinch of white pepper and sweet vanillin. Flavours carry onto a palate of big soft fruit, balanced by regional minerality, elegant oak and natural acid. Classic Heathcote shiraz, a rich full wine with a complex structure and a long fresh finish.

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Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

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English immigrant Edward Tyrrell established Tyrrell's Wines in 1858 in the lee of the Hunter Valley's Brokenback Range, New South Wales. This land has become recognised as home to some of the Hunter Valley regions finest vineyards, and the basis for development of one of Australia's most successful privately owned wine companies.

Today, Tyrrell's are a truly national wine company, premium vineyards extend from their legendary home in the Hunter Valley to other distinguished grape growing regions of Australia including McLaren Vale in South Australia and Heathcote in Victoria.

Fourth generation family member and Managing Director, Bruce Tyrrell heads this winemaking company that boasts well established, popular and highly recognisable wine brands that are exported to over 30 countries worldwide. His children, the fifth generation of the Tyrrell family, are involved in the family business, illustrating that this iconic Hunter Valley winery will continue to be Australian owned well into the future.

Tyrrell's Wines was awarded Winery Of The Year by James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion Edition 2010.

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