Tyrell family purchases key Hunter Valley vineyard property

Tyrell family purchases key Hunter Valley vineyard property

The Tyrrell family are proud to announce their purchase of the Stevens Glen Oak Vineyard located on Marrowbone Road, Pokolbin from Neil and Bernadette Stevens.

The Tyrrell and Stevens families have worked closely together since the 1940s when second generation Tyrrell ‘Uncle Dan’ loaned Neil Stevens’ grandfather Albert the money to purchase the property.

In 1992, fourth generation Bruce Tyrrell struck a deal with Neil Stevens and his father George to buy grapes from the Stevens family. The deal was sealed with a handshake.

Since this agreement between lifelong family friends was made, the Tyrrell’s have produced single vineyard wines from the vineyard site, aptly named Stevens Semillon and Stevens Shiraz. Their combined show record is a staggering five Wine of Provenance awards, 50 trophies and 445 medals.

Following the first Tyrrell harvest of the Stevens Vineyard in 1993, Bruce Tyrrell was inspired to develop the Tyrrell’s Single Vineyard collection of wines. This collection today includes an enviable offering of single vineyard Semillon, Chardonnay, and Shiraz from significant Hunter Valley vineyard sites.

The Stevens Glen Oak property is a total of 32.4 hectares, of which 20.16 hectares are vineyard plantings. Comprised of 10.43 hectares of Semillon planted in 1911, 1940, 1952 and 1968, 6.17 hectares of Shiraz planted before 1940 and 2.56 hectares of Verdelho planted in 2005, with other varieties making up the balance.

Fifth generation Bruce Tyrrell says, “the property will be known as Stevens – so their name will be retained as part of the Hunter Valley’s history.”

A pioneer of the region, Tyrrell’s is the oldest continuously family owned and operated winery in the Hunter Valley.

“This purchase continues to demonstrate our commitment to the Hunter Valley and ensures that ownership of the region’s greatest vineyard assets remains with the original Hunter Valley wine families,” Bruce says.

This now takes the Tyrrell family’s landholdings in the Hunter Valley to 645 hectares.

This purchase completes the Tyrrell family’s acquisitions of the Stevens family’s landholdings, having bought the Old Hillside Vineyard property in December 2017, and signals the retirement of Neil Stevens from an esteemed career of grape growing.

The sale settled today for an undisclosed sum, and the site will be renamed Tyrrell’s Stevens Vineyard.

To celebrate this historic event, the Tyrrell’s are today releasing the 2019 Stevens Shiraz. This is the last Stevens Shiraz produced under the handshake arrangement

“This sale may be the last time we were able to operate based only on a handshake – much is the pity,” Bruce finished.

IMAGE | Neil Stevens, Chris Tyrell and Bruce Tyrell.

Tyrrell’s Wines

For 160 years Tyrrell’s has been one of Australia’s pre-eminent family owned wine companies. With vineyards extending from their historic Hunter Valley home in NSW to Heathcote in Victoria. Headed by fourth generation family member Bruce Tyrrell, and son Chris, Tyrrell’s is home to some of Australia’s most awarded wines.

The Hunter Valley holds to some of the oldest vineyards in the world, having been spared the phylloxera epidemic that wiped out the great vineyards of Europe in the 19th century. Within the boundaries of the region, it boasts eleven blocks of vineyard over 100 years old still on their own roots – some of the most unique pockets of vineyard land in Australia. With the purchase of the Old Patch vineyard in December 2017, the Tyrrell family now owns seven of those eleven blocks.

Founding father Edward Tyrrell’s, motto nothing is great unless it is good, has been a guiding beacon for the family. This commitment to quality has been, and will continue to be, the basis of all that Tyrrell’s do. With the fifth generation involved in the business, Tyrrell’s continues to drive family as a primary ethos of the company, with the simple philosophy of producing high quality wine that people love to drink.

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