Tyrrell’s Wines Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet

It is a testimony to the great Australian blend that this wine bears its 4% touch of Hilltops cabernet on the front label. At its core, it reflects the brilliance, acid brightness and sheer vibrancy of 2009 Hunter shiraz, in all of its primary plum and black cherry glory. Fine, supple tannins and integrated chocolate oak make it approachable right away, yet promising medium-term potential. One of the great Vat 8s of the modern era. $63 at Wine House.