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De Iuliis

21 Broke Rd, Pokolbin, 2320

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (02) 4993 8000

The De Iuliis family established the first vines on their Lovedale Road property in 1990 and initially sold their grapes to Tyrells. Increasing amounts were kept back for their own label.

In 2001 they constructed a state of the art winery and panoramic cellar door.

The qualified winemaker in the family, Michael, is a Roseworthy graduate and was a scholar in the prestigious Len Evans tutorial program.

The range includes: Semillon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Verdelho, and their flagship variety, Merlot.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

De Iulius Steven Vineyard Shiraz 2015

Purchased: Not ($40)


(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, Silver Medal at Hunter Valley Wine Show 2016, vineyard planted in 1968, perfumed and jubey black cherry, redcurrants and plum, earthy undercurrent with toasty oak and fine savoury tannins (***1/2)

De Iuliis Limited Release Shiraz 2011

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2022+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, Silver Medal at Hunter Valley Wine Show 2012, the Hunter Valley dodged the rain events that afflicted much of SE Australia so had an exceptional cool vintage, from the 10 best barrels, perfumed, deeply fruited, vibrant and supple black cherry and dark plum with white pepper, iris florals and savoury game notes, focussed and silky palate with fine tannins and medium char oak (*****)

De Iulius Hunter Valley Semillon 2012

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($20)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2013, subdued nose, contemporary moderately grassy lime, melon and lemon sherbert style, lightly waxy, not as early picked as many Hunter Valley Semillons but has plenty of citrusy acidity to allow for a decade of cellaring  (****)

De Iulius LDR Vineyard Shiraz 2011

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, Silver Medal at Hunter Valley Wine Show 2013 from the Lovedale vineyard, fleshy plums and blackberries with peppery and musky spices and a touch of herbal game, long, medium bodied and earthy palate with persistent dusty tannins, more complexity to emerge (****1/2)

De Iulius Limited Release Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, Top Gold Medal for Class at Hunter Valley Wine Show 2011, aromatic, powerful, glossy medium-full bodied style showing black cherries, cassis and redcurrants with liquorice, pepper and leather notes, very long with graphite minerality, grainy tannins and juicy acidity for the long haul, toasty and spicy vanilla/cedar oak, the modest 13% alcohol is plus (****1/2)

De Iulius Shiraz 2011

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($25)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, juicy medium bodied core of red cherries and plums, dry and earthy rather than sweet with a herbal meat edge and musky spices, vibrant acidity with the spicy oak in the background, fine and dusty tannins, nicely balanced although less complex than the premiums (****)

De Iulius Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, long, barrel fermented and richly flavoured showing melon, peach and brown lime, powdery texture with a light touch of cinnamon/vanilla on the finish, fresh lemony acids (***1/2)

De Iuliis Semillon 2010

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, Bronze Medal at NSW Small Winemakers Show, pale yellow colour, elegant, long and well balanced lime zest, minerals and lemon grass with some emerging lanolin, good lemon rind backbone, should develop well over the decade (****)

De Iuliis Limited Release Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, Gold Medal at Hunter Valley Wine Show 2008, a big and intense wine showing spicy black cherry and dark plum with fruitcake and tarry extractive aspects, medium-full bodied with earthy regional character and a web of chewy savoury tannins, plenty of coffee-vanilla from the new French oak to match the fruit power (****1/2)

De Iuliis Semillon 2009

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, clean and contemporary low alcohol style showing cut grass, zesty lemon and a touch of lime, minerality and lanolin aspects are just starting to emerge, citric acid balance and persistence of flavour indicate that this should develop well over the next decade (****)

De Iuliis Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, ripe blackberry, redcurrant and stewed plum with white pepper notes, savoury and meaty with the alcohol kept down to 14%, firm tannins with the spicy coffee-vanilla-cedar oak dominating the back end (***1/2)

De Iuliis Show Reserve Verdelho 2009

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, plenty of bright up front passionfruit, pineapple and lime flavours, crisp and minerally finish with fresh orange rind acids, a fruity and uncomplicated summer seafood wine (***)