Established in 1858 by English immigrant Edward Tyrrell, Tyrrell’s Wines is one of Australia’s pre-eminent family owned wineries with vineyards extending from Hunter Valley to the Limestone Coast (SA) and Heathcote (VIC). Headed up by fourth generation family member Bruce Tyrrell, it is home to some of Australia’s most awarded wines. Since 1971, Tyrrell’s has been awarded over 5,000 trophies and medals and in 2010 was named “Winery of the Year” by James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion. With the fifth generation involved in the business, Tyrrell’s will continue to remain family owned with the simple philosophy of producing high quality wine.
Region: Hunter Valley, Central Victoria & The Limestone Coast
Year Founded: 1858
Proprietors: Chris, Pauline, John, Bruce and Jane Tyrrell
Winemaker: Andrew Spinaze, Mark Richardson and Chris Tyrrell
Size of property: 900 acres
Amount of Property Planted: Hunter Valley: 304 acres, Central V ictoria/Heathcote: 65 acres, Limestone Coast/Penola: 40 acres
Terroir: HUNTER VALLEY: (304 acres) The terrain is undulating, bordered to the north, west and south-west by the Great Dividing Range. The soil type is sandy alluvial loams (primarily white varieties). and Volcanic podsolic (red varieties). The climate is warm, maritime, with dry/hot summers, and a temperate spring. Vines are dry grown, dependent entirely on rainfall. No drip irrigation. CENTRAL VICTORIA/HEATHCOTE: (65 acres) The landscape comprises undulating rises and narrow alluvial floodplains providing the climate and soil for shiraz vines to thrive. The soil type is red clay with Cambrian deep soil. The Climate is continental. Hot summers with cool nights and cool winters. It is irrigated by drip irrigation, channel water and bore water. LIMESTONE COAST/ PENOLA: (40 acres) The region spans several distinctive landscape features, all remnants of an ancient coastal dune/back-swamp system. The region is flat, at an elevation of 60m. The soil type is terra rossa. The limate is cool, continental, with cold winters and winter-dominate rainfall. Rainfall is also high during April, when the grapes mature and conditions are close to optimal for both shiraz and cabernet sauvignon.
Varieties Cultivated: Hunter Valley: Shiraz, Chardonnay, Semillon, Pinot Noir, trebbiano; Central Victoria: Shiraz and Malbec; Limestone Coast: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Pinot Noir