Incredibly impressive. It screams Hunter: medium bodied and red-fruited with fantastic brown crumbly earth on display in the second-half of the palate. It is sure to be a very long-lived wine and will only improve with time in the cellar. If you were to only buy one wine from this year’s Tyrrell’s release, Vat 9 should be it - it will go down as one of the great Tyrrell’s releases. – Ches Cook, FWC.
Often, in the scurry for the ‘yellow label’ wines, I think people forget quite how good Vat 9 is. This year, it’s a mixed cask of NVC and 8 Acres, with the bulk coming from Weinkeller and Contours (Short Flat). Red and black fruits, sweet liquorice and milk chocolate on the sly, spice and plenty of perfume. Medium-bodied, fresh blackberry, lively, powerful, succulent and smooth, creaminess to the tannin, a chocolate and velour deluxe kind of feel, bright boysenberry acidity, and heaps of length. A very fine Vat 9. One for the ages. 96+ Points, Drink 2022-2040+. Gary Walsh - The Wine Front.