Our extended Trakka family have often told us that when they’re on the road, a trip to a local vineyard is always a sure fire hit for an afternoon well spent. So in a nod to vineyard adventures we recently shot the Trakkaway 720 campaign at Tyrrell’s Wines at Pokolbin. With a family heritage in wine dating back five generations to the 1858, Tyrrell’s premium vineyards now extend from their historic home in the Hunter Valley to other well renowned grape growing regions within Australia, such as Heathcoat (VIC) and the Limestone Coast (SA). Home to a number of impressive events held throughout the year, the picturesque Tyrrell’s landscape served as the ultimate backdrop for our 720 shoot.
For those interested in a little wine tasting we can say assuredly that their award winning wine - which can be sampled at the cellar door - is well worth the trip to the Hunter. Needless to say we sampled and purchased a range of impeccable wine from Tyrrell’s and while it’s almost impossible to choose, there was indeed a standout Pinot Noir and Single Vineyard Semillon worth writing home about.
Bright crimson cherry red in colour, the Special Release Pinot Noir 2017 fuses strawberry and raspberry fruit with savoury, graphite-like notes, subtle French oak and hints of grape. A classic Hunter Pinot with a medium bodied palate, this drop is all about texture and silkiness. Tyrrell’s Special Release range showcases wines that are limited production, one-offs, trial batches, or just anything unique or different. You never know what you might see in this range and just because you see something here once, there’s no guarantee you’ll see it here again. Try this one and it’ll speak for itself.
Not to be outdone, the Single Vineyard Belford Semillon 2013 is the ultimate drop for those after a quality white wine. The grapes for this wine come from the Belford vineyard owned by the Elliott family, situated 15km north/north-west of the Tyrrell’s winery. Planted in 1933, the vines are dry grown and planted on their own roots. The grapes were hand picked then lightly crushed before a relatively cool fermentation in stainless steel. After a short period on gross lees, the wine was racked and left to mature in stainless steel until bottling. And what about the taste you ask? This wine has a fuller, richer, almost honeyed palate that is commonly associated with the Belford vineyard. These characters are balanced by a soft, clean acid profile.
Tyrrell’s also invites those interested to tour and experience first hand the old oak vats and historic red cellar, which is still in full operation. Visitors can also see the original iron bark hut that Edward Tyrrell lived in and the Short Flat Vineyard, which is home of Australia’s most awarded white wine, Vat 1 Semillon.
If you are planning to visit the vineyard over the Christmas and New Year period, Tyrrell’s have had a slight change to their trading hours, so make sure you double check opening times here.