Warm, inviting, rich in black fruits, plum, spice, and smart French oak. Generously smooth with fine tannins and a touch of vanilla and dark chocolate. One glass will not be enough.
Since 1997 the ‘Rufus Stone’ name has been synonymus with Tyrrell’s top non-Hunter red wines sourced from vineyards in Heathcote. The name is inspired by English King William II, known as Rufus. Rufus was believed to have been killed by an errant arrow fired by Sir Walter Tyrrell – an ancestor of the Tyrrell family.
The Heathcote wine region is located in the state of Victoria, two hours west of Melbourne, a largely isolated rural area and a big one at that, running close to 63 miles from north to south. The key to the area is the ancient Cambrian soils, so eye-catching as to be hard to miss; a glistening copper-colored earth with chunks of iron oxide. Shiraz grown on these Heathcote soils have a recogniseable stamp of deep, dark colour and an an intensity of black fruits riding rivers of spice.
The Tyrrell family’s association with wine began with Edward Tyrrell in 1858. Today his legacy lives on through the fourth and fifth generation of the family who collectively manage one of Australia’s oldest and most highly regarded wineries. Tyrrell’s has grown over a century and a half to become one of Australia’s most prestigious winemakers.