In 1993, Bruce Tyrrell struck a deal with the Stevens family to use two of their iconic vineyards. It was, and still is, a deal sealed by a handshake. With some vines planted in 1867, these may be the oldest producing vines in the Hunter.
All fruit was hand picked and de-stemmed but not crushed, then fermented in the traditional open vats. Cap management consisted of hand plunging, pump overs and rack/returns three times daily. After fermentation the wine spent fifteen months in newer French oak casks (2,700L).
This is full-bodied with a lively, intense purple colour. Black cherry, raspberry and fresh spicy flavours dominate the palate with a vibrant, fresh acidity that make the wine a wonderful example of the modern, balanced style of Hunter Valley Shiraz.