"The story of the Rufus Stone dates back to medieval England and refers to the death of 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. Today the site of this infamous incident is marked by the Rufus Stone. Since 1997, Tyrrell's historical association with the Rufus Stone has been utilized for its top non Hunter red wines, sourced from vineyards in Heathcote and McLaren Vale." This soulful and historic Shiraz was co-fermented with 2% Viognier and aged for 24 months in 10% new French oak barriques.
The Tyrells are justifiably proud of their illustrious family history that dates back to the time of the early 1000s when Walter Tyrell arrived in England with William the Conqueror. William Tyrell immigrated to Australia in 1848 when he was appointed as the first Anglican Bishop of the diocese in Newcastle. His nephew, Edward followed him there ten years later, ‘took up a concessional allotment of land’ of 320 acres in the Hunter Valley and founded Tyrell’s Wines in 1858. After Yalumba, Tyrell’s is the second-oldest family-run winery in the country. They had been operating as a small company with mainly local sales until 1974 when Bruce Tyrell started expanding the business internationally and over the past 40 years has overseen the growth of the estate to its current 400 acre size. Bruce is still at the helm today and with the help of the rest of his family manages the production of over 60 different wines across several different estate and non-estate ranges.