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Keith Tulloch

Hunter Ridge Winery, Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin, 2320

(Postal: PO Box 20, Cessnock, NSW 2325)

Cellar Door: Wed -Sun (10-5) or by appointment

Ph: (02) 4998 7500

Keith Tulloch is part of the fourth generation of Tulloch family activity in the Hunter Valley. In 1997, with wife Amanda, he set up his own company sourcing grapes from premium vineyards mainly from the Hunter Valley (the Merlot is from the Hilltops region).

The range includes: Semillon, Chardonnay, Merlot. The Forres red blend, Shiraz-Viognier, a Botrytis Semillon and the premium Kester Shiraz and single block Semillons

Only 5500 cases are produced each year and the wine judges seem to nearly unanimous in praising the good balance and structure evident in his long cellaring wines. We concur apart from the Shiraz Viognier which has way too much Viognier co-ferment for a warm climate Shiraz.

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)

Keith Tulloch The Kester Shiraz 2014

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2031

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, co-fermented with 1% Viognier, perfumed and concentrated black cherry, blood plum with a touch of cassis, anise and violet, firm and earthy with good line and length, the Frcnch oak barriques are assertive and bring spice and dark chocolate to the finish, acid and tannins are what expect from a long cellaring wine (****1/2)

Keith Tulloch Semillon 2015

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2027

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, perfumed, brightly lit and focussed lemon grass and lime with white flower notes, moderately waxy with nervy grapefruit acidity holing the structure for a fairly long lived style (****1/2)

Keith Tulloch Field of Mars Block 2A Semillon 2012

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2024+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2013, intense floral, citrus and mineral characters, pristine sliced lime and lemon grass with dried herb and orange blossom notes, very long and tightly wound with crunchy grapefruit acidity, needs plenty of time  but should be a stunner in a decade (*****)

Keith Tulloch Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2012, the Hunter dodged the worst of the La Nina rains that wrecked most East coast regions and the whites have benefitted from the milder vintage, neatly focussed with the regional waxy intensity, yellow peach, melon and tropical fruit, creamy lees with balanced spicy hazelnut oak, spine of tangy grapefruit acidity keeps this fresh and lively but should be drunk in the short-medium term (****)

Keith Tulloch Hunter Valley Semillon 2010

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, from 1970s vines at Pokolbin, pure and intense lemon and lime with kiwifruit and lemon grass notes, some lanolin texture with tightly wound citric acidity, outstanding length, brightly flavoured enough for satisfying early drinking but will blossom over the next decade(****1/2)

Keith Tulloch Kester Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, from old, dry grown vines with a small trace of Viognier co-ferment, bold and ripe plum, blackberry and black cherry with liquorice, eucalypt, leather and violet notes, earthy and medium bodied palate with lingering mouth-coating fine grained tannin, the French oak barriques bring cedar, spice and dark chocolate to the finish (****)

Keith Tulloch Botrytis Semillon 2005

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, cordon-cut and matured in fine grained oak barriques, lush apricot, cumquat, honey and lime marmalade with great length and well judged balancing acids, a class above most botyrtis wines (****1/2)

Keith Tulloch Kester Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, medium-full bodied style with plum and blackberry flavours, the palate is earthy and leathery but with savoury and dried herb notes, good length with some briary features complementing the soft spicy cedar oak, there is plenty of grippy acid so it needs medium-long term cellaring (***1/2)

Keith Tulloch Shiraz Viognier 2004

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, smooth plum and black cherry flavours from the Shiraz but is completely swamped by the over-the-top 9% Viognier (one of the highest % we have ever encountered with this blend) that means the mid-palate tastes of jammy apricot and peach rather than the spicy nectar of more successful blends, spicy cedar oak, needs to cut the Viognier level by half to bring it in balance (**1/2)