Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Chris Tyrrell

9/13 Winemaker Chris Tyrrell, Tyrrell's Wines


KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Welcome to #SommChat everyone! Tell your friends to join us to learn about Australian #wine from #Winemaker Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines!

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: We're about ready to dive in w/questions, so shout out to Chris to say hello & so he knows you're here! #WineWednesday #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Don't forget that EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order for everyone to see it!

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: As we ask Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines our Qs, u can ask your Qs as well! He'll do her best 2 answer all Qs in the order they come #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Even if u dont ask 1--give a S/O 2 @KeeperColl & @TyrrellsWines 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Let's start talking #wine with #Australia #wine #Winemaker Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: Hi all, excited to be here and looking forward to the questions. Let's do this #SommChat

Broadbent Selections @BroadbentWines: We look forward to seeing everyone's questions and Chris's answers! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @TyrrellsWines what inspired you to enter the #wine industry? #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: #SommChat Mostly the people. The Hunter Valley is an amazing place with great characters. also the hostory in our family and the amazing...

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: wines. Drinking great wines just get getting more and more intersted and the rest is history. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm what was 16 vintage like @TyrrellsWines and how about 17?

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: 16 was challenging due to hail (similar to France this year). some great wines made but minimal qty #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: 17 was almost perfect. could not have asked for a better result. Best since 2009. Lots of magnums to be bottled #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm Have you worked harvest in any other regions? if so, what did U learn? where would you like 2 visit @TyrrellsWines

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: #SommChat Lots of travel in many regions in my mid 20's. I always loved visiting burgundy as the uinderstood the farming side more....

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @TyrrellsWines Pls share some of the history of Tyrrells #Wines. #Australia #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: in 1858 my great grandfather moved to Oz from England. the land he purchased is still the land we live and work on today #SommChat ...

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: then here the business really grew as the industry did in OZ. only really the last 50 years has Oz become a wine drinking country #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat peep what do U think makes #australia #wines different from other areas @TyrrellsWines

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: I think the vine age is what makes Hunter Valley and OZ so unique. we were lucky to never have Phyloxxera and .... #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: and our vines were planted from pre-phylox material from France. Giving us some of the oldest and original vine material in world #SommChat

Courtney Quinn @Path2Wine: Are you describing the Stevens and HVD vineyards? #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: #SommChat Hi, more or less. the Semillons are mostly on the sand soils apart from Stevens which is slightly heavier country

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Welcome back @Path2Wine to #SommChat great question for @TyrrellsWines

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: .@Path2Wine have you had @TyrrellsWines and if so which ones #SommChat

Courtney Quinn @Path2Wine: Yes, I think Tyrrell's Semillon is outstanding! Young or old, these are fun wines and great pairing possibilities. #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: #semsational #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm can you tell me about how your #wines @TyrrellsWines age - made 4 early drinking or can age as well?

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: our wines are definitely made for ageing as that is the unique part of region. however all great wines should be drinkable... #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: as young wines. It's all about balance. great old wines were once great young wines. one of my favourite sayings in wine. #SommChat

Broadbent Selections @BroadbentWines: #SommChat Wisdom! Great wines that age can be great wines when they are young! We are completely on board with this!

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @TyrrellsWines what is the #winemaking philosophy at Tyrrell’s Wines? #Huntervalley #Australia #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: #SommChat our philosphy is to let the wines speak of the vineyard where the are grown, not the hand of the winemaker.

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm have never been 2 Hunter Valley Pls describe winemaking area rel to #vineyard slope , terroir, weather @TyrrellsWines

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: #SommChat warmer area and most northerly of oz premium regions. 40 min from the coast on one side, mountain range on the other....

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: #SommChat with 2 main soil types. heavy red volcanic clay over limestone mainly for Shiraz and alluvial sandy loams for whites

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman: Good morning @tyrellswines Chris who are you mentors in the wine industry? Thanks #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: #SommChat too many to mention... But i think some of our staff at Tyrrell's as well as other local winemakers such as...

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: Andrew Thomas, Iain Riggs, Jim Chatto. so many legedary Hunter Valley winemakers they are always happy to share theie knowledge #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: .@SandyWasserman great to see you on #SommChat hope all is well and keep those Qs coming 4 @TyrrellsWines have U had before?

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @TyrrellsWines what are some of the challenges of working in the #winemaking industry in #Australia ? #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman: It's been a while since I've had the wines #SommChat

Broadbent Selections @BroadbentWines: #SommChat We've got to change that soon @SandyWasserman

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: As like any all regions the weather is the biggest challenge, aside from that we have taxation issues which need to be fixed #SommChat

Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: Q @TyrrellsWines What are some ways your team weaves the family’s long and epic history into #TyrrellsWines ? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: I think part of philosophy has always been to keep 1 eye on the past & also 1 fixated on the future to keep evolving and improving #SommChat

Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: Our prayers have been with Texas and Florida through the past few weeks - hope you're holding up @KeeperColl #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @CharlesComm thx soooo much - all good with us but so many close Keeper Friends who have been affected and now our friends in Fla! #SommChat

Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: All in our thoughts and prayers! #keepercoll

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman: Q @tyrrellswine what do you like to drink when not drinking your wine? Any favorite regions/wines outside of Aus? Thanks #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: Fav outside of Oz are the Rieslings from the Mosel, Shiraz from northern rhone, Chardonnay from Chablis, and Pinot from Burg #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @TyrrellsWines Any #winemaking trends that you see coming in #Australia? #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: A move towards more medium bodied red wines that are suitable to our climates and cuisines. gone are the days of big reds #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @TyrrellsWines is the #US a big mkt for you & what areas would U like to grow? #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: We re-launched here 18 moths ago. going very well so far and we see huge potentila here so you'll be seeing lots of us! #SommChat

Broadbent Selections @BroadbentWines: #SommChat We are thrilled to have @TyrrellsWines join the #BroadbentWine family here in the USA.

Broadbent Selections @BroadbentWines: #SommChat We have an amazing team spreading the word across the country. The Somm community has embraced the return of @TyrrellsWines

Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: @tyrellswines How stylistically have the wines remained the same in 5 generations? How have they varied? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: #SommChat i think they are always continually evolving. i think quality has continued 2 lift over the years keeping us relevant #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm which of your #wines would U suggest 4 BTG program and why? best way to sell to customer @TyrrellsWines

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: definintely at the moment 2011 HVD Sem or some older Vat 1's. they are so undervalued and underrated and are perfect with seafood #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @TyrrellsWines with our #SommsUF event coming up, what are some of your favorite foods to pair with your red #wines / white wines? #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: I think sometimes the best matches are the most simple ones. Semillon and King George Whiting (oz fish) is my fave ever #SommChat .....

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: and for Shiraz i think a perfect Steak Frites will suit me just fine

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat peep how did you learn about @BroadbentWines & how did they learn about you for your relaunch @TyrrellsWines

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: Great importers always find the great wineries.... ;) #SommChat

Broadbent Selections @BroadbentWines: #SommChat YES! We are lucky to have a portfolio of great people making great wine around the globe.

Broadbent Selections @BroadbentWines: #SommChat Reach out for @madwino look for @TyrrellsWines on the west coast!

Broadbent Selections @BroadbentWines: #SommChat Reach out for @LisaMNorris & @maxterroir to fine @TyrrellsWines in the mid-atlantic

#SommChat Reach out to @JohnMitchellSom to find @TyrrellsWines in LA, MS & AL!

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm can you share any main blind taste profiles 4 ur White and red #Wines @TyrrellsWines ?

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: for aged Semillon i think of things like lemon curd, buttered toast, sometimes lanolin, and the hallmark acidity #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: Shiraz i think in the red fruited spectrum, also new leather (not old dirty saddle) and again built on acid rather than tannin #SommChat

Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: Q @TyrrellsWines What inspired Tyrrell’s expansion into #Heathcote ? Can you tell us more about this sub region? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: our vineyard mgr was actually from down that way. at the time we were looking to expand for the need of more red grapes. #SommChat ...

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: Heathcote is a very dry region, ab out 400m ASL and some of the oldest soils in the world. producing rich wines with elegance #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat peep what is the closest #US fish to King George Whiting #Fish - have never had that:) @TyrrellsWines

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: I'm actually not sure.. It's a small white fleshed fish. delicate flavours (not oily etc) it's simple, and perfect. #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: #SommChat @Troy_Chef_Muse what would be a USA alternative for King George Whiting?

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: .@Troy_Chef_Muse can't wait to hear your answer from @TyrrellsWines #fish question #SommChat

Courtney Quinn @Path2Wine: Q. @TyrrellsWines When do you think Tyrrell's Semillon changes from bright acidity to more savory characters? #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: #SommChat i think the transition is now smoother with screwcap. but i think about the 5 years the secondary characters begin

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @TyrrellsWines what primary grape varieties do you use to make Tyrrell’s #Wines? any more grape additions for future? #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. we are currently planting Gamay #SommChat and just made our first one this year

Courtney Quinn @Path2Wine: Did you plant Gamay in Hunter Valley? #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: Yes we did.. taken cuttings this year for planting next year. The fruit we made the wine from this year was an old Hunter vine

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @TyrrellsWines in what ways has #winemaking at Tyrrell’s Wines changed since it began? In what ways has it stayed the same? #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: In many ways what was old is new again in viticulture and winemaking. in the vineyard its less sprays etc ... #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: and in the winery its less oak, cleaner wines with more purity. #SommChat

Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: Q @TyrrellsWines What do you believe is the biggest difference in #winemaking styles between Australia and US? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: #SommChat I think every region is different and is really goverend by the grapes you have to work with.

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm how is the subject of #Sustainability in #australia #wine do U see org and Bio being used why or why not @TyrrellsWines

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: #SommChat Definitely. Having some vineyards that are well over 100 years old sustainability is a big part of our business....

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: We use many techniques from the Organics and BD handbook however choose not to go down the path of certification. #SommChat

Courtney Quinn @Path2Wine: Q. @TyrrellsWines What recent vintages are you looking forward to tasting when they are 10 years or older? #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: 2009, 2013, and i think 2017 could be better than both in time. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat peep @TyrrellsWines has the weather changed much in the last 5 years years ie any effects fr Climate Change in #Australia ?

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: #SommChat we have recently finished an 18 year study into this. personally i think 18 years isn't enough and we will continue

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: #SommChat i think all over the world we are seeing more extremes in the weather. but as far as harvesting goes we have seen...

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: #SommChat slightly earlier ripening in Chardonnay but the other 2 main varieties haven't changed too much. no doubt the climate is ....

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: as it always has throughout history. #SommChat

Courtney Quinn @Path2Wine: Great to hear you've done the research for 18 years. I would be interested in learning more on your findings. #SommChat

Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: Q @TyrrellsWines What inspired your team to establish Tyrrell’s Environmental Management System? #EMS #SommChat @KeeperColl

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: We just thought it was the right thing to do. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @TyrrellsWines Chris, did you ever think of a career other than in #wine? #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: #SommChat yes i did... i love food and actually always thought i'd like to be a butcher

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm do you accept visitors and is this common in #Australia wineries - what is best way to arrange this @TyrrellsWines

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: of course we do. Visitors are always welcome, simply email the winery #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @TyrrellsWines are there new things planned at your winery? #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: Always...... But some things are best kept secret #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine talk w/ #Winemaker Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: It was great to have Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did!

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Please join us in thanking Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines for his time #SommChat

Chris Tyrrell @TyrrellsWines: Great to be involved guys, thx for the great conversation. see you all again very soon #SommChat

Broadbent Selections @BroadbentWines: It's always a pleasure to be a part of #SommChat!

Courtney Quinn @Path2Wine: Thanks @TyrrellsWines for answering questions and making excellent wines! Thanks @KeeperColl for hosting #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Thx @Path2Wine for adding to our #SommChat - we are happy to host great guests like @TyrrellsWines