A very small amount of Vat 9 2007 has just been released as part of Tyrrells’ 160th Anniversary celebrations. 2007 was a drought year which resulted in small berries with thick skins; the high skin to juice ratio delivering a wine of power and structure. Aged in a mix of new and old 2500 litre French oak casks. With ten years under its belt this is starting to soften and gain complexity. There is good depth of plum and black cherry fruit with a fair whack of Hunter earth/humus and a faint hint of coffee grounds. While still quite coiled and powerful there are some dark floral / violet notes and the tannins are perfectly pitched between fine and grainy. Delicious now but even better in another 5-10 years. Extremely limited. FWC, tasted May 2018.