The 2021 Tyrrell’s Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz wine has a deep, youthful red purple colour. This Rufus Stone Heathcote Australian Shiraz has a rich, chocolate, spice, sweet plum and vanilla bouquet, which returns with good power and impact on the finish. The Shiraz wine is medium to full-bodied, nicely-textured and fleshy with supple tannins and easy drinkability, although it will surely age well. The oak, alcohol and tannin levels are perfectly weighted. The Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz wine is one of Tyrrell’s Wines top non-Hunter reds. Sourced from vineyards in Heathcote.
The story of the Rufus Stone dates back almost 1,000 years to medieval England. King William II, known as Rufus, is believed to have been killed by an errant arrow fired by Sir Walter Tyrrell – an ancestor of the Tyrrell family. Today, the site of this infamous incident is marked by the Rufus Stone. Since 1997, our top non-Hunter red wines have been named in honor of Tyrrell’s historical association with the Rufus Stone.
The vintage conditions for our Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz were just about perfect, with warm, dry days followed by cool nights, allowing the fruit to gain the ripe, full flavors of modern Australian Shiraz while maintaining the fresh mineral line and tension of the classic European styles.
2016 Vintage: Platinum Medal – The TEXSOM International Wine Awards
2013 Vintage: Gold – The TEXSOM International Wine Awards
2010 Vintage: Silver – International Wine Challenge
2009 Vintage: Commended – International Wine Challenge
2009 Vintage: Commended – Decanter World Wine Awards