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: Tulloch



'Glen Elgin', 638 De Beyers Rd, Pokolbin, 2321

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (02) 4998 7580

One of the oldest brands in NSW winemaking that was founded, lost and regained by the Tulloch family.

Back in 1895 John Younie Tulloch (J.Y. Tulloch) owned the Branxton General Store and accepted an unusual settlement for a debt owed to him - a 43 acre property in nearby Pokolbin. Tulloch took an immediate liking to the property and the five acres of neglected Shiraz vines it contained and undertook his first foray into viticulture and winemaking.

Renaming the parcel of land 'Glen Elgin' as a namesake for his Scottish descent, Tulloch rejuvenated the vines and within a year produced his first vintage of a single hogshead of red wine. By the 1920's J.Y. Tulloch had established himself as the largest vigneron in the Hunter Valley.

The winery passed out of family control in 1969 and has been bounced around various corporate owners: from Reeds Publishing to Gilbey's to Castlemaine Tooheys to Penfolds, which was eventually sold to SA Brewing in 1992 and renamed Southcorp Wines.

By 1996 Jay Tulloch remained as General Manager of Southcorp's Hunter Valley operations, which included Hungerford Hill and another old Hunter name, Lindeman's Wines, as well as Tulloch. Tiring of life in a large multinational company Jay retired form Southcorp in 1996 and in 1997 he and his wife, Julia Tulloch, started their own boutique operation, the JYT Wine Company.

However, in 2001 the opportunity arose to buy back the old family company, J.Y. Tulloch & Sons P/L from Southcorp Wines. Unable to resist and with interest from long term friends and business associates, Inglewood Vineyards, the new era of J.Y. Tulloch & Sons began, with a Tulloch once again at it's helm.

The range includes: Chardonnay, Semillon, Verdelho, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and a Semillon Chardonnay sparkling. The Semillon and Verdelho pick up well deserved silver and gold medals on the show circuit.

The Pokolbin Dry Red Shiraz is a consistent high performer but the exceptional wine is the treacly fortified madeira-style Creme de Vin from a solera commenced in 1973. The only other Australian producer that I know of that still produces an old solera stock 'madeira style' is Sevenhill in the Clare Valley.

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)

Tulloch Hector of Glen Elgin Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($95)

Drink: 2035

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, in the traditional Hunter style showing powerful black cherry, redcurrant and blackberry with leather, white pepper and anise notes, long, deep set and medium-full bodied with grainy tannins and firm acidity (****1/2)

Tulloch Private Bin Pokolbin Dry Red Shiraz 2015

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2030

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, aromatic earthy and medium bodied mulberry and blackberry with leather, violet and anise notes, streak of ironstone minimality with grainy tannins and firm acidity, toasty and spicy oak, good persistence (****1/2)

Tulloch Verdelho 2012

Purchased: BWS, St. Kilda ($17)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, fresh and bright array of honeydew melon, orange peel and lychees with lemon blossom notes, modestly sweet but not cloying and fairly good length by varietal standards, crisp finish with fine, chalky phenolics (***1/2)

Tulloch Crème de Vin NV

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, keeping alive the near-extinct Madeira-style in Australia, this is a fortified Verdelho from a solera started in 1973, old gold- tawney colour, treacly butterscotch, orange peel, burnt toffee, lime marmalade with well judged citric acidity and almondy oak phenolics, this sells out quickly so be ready the next time this precious solera is opened up (*****)

Tulloch Pokolbin Dry Red Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, aromatic red cherry and dark plum with violet and savoury game notes, focused, supple and medium bodied palate with warm earthiness and streak of ironstone minerality, lingering dusty tannins and quality French oak (****)

Tulloch Vineyard Selection Hunter Valley Verdelho 2007

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, Gold Medal at Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2007, the usual varietal up front fruit bowl array of tropical fruits, musk and limes with a chalky mineral base but has a bit more depth and length than usual that no doubt impressed the judges, a good one to try if you haven’t had this variety before (****)

Tulloch Pokolobin Dry Red Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, revives the traditional lighter Hunter style, lively blackberry and raspberry with white pepper notes, savoury and medium bodied, only 13%, with sweet vanilla-chocolate cedar oak inputs (***1/2)

Tulloch Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2007

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, brightly fruited white peach, melon, nectarine and some ripe tropical fruit, fresh and clean style with only a small French oak input (***)

Tulloch Hunter Valley Semillon 2006

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2014+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, Gold Medal, Hunter Valley Wine Show 2006, lemon citrus and green apple, waxy palate has herbal notes and underpinned with some slaty mineral notes, tangy acid finish with a hint of orange. Good value (****)

Tulloch Hunter Valley Verdelho 2006

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, Silver Medal at Hunter Valley Show 2006, bright array of fruit salad and melon, palate has good length and some musky nuances, crisp lemon acid finish, better than most (***1/2)

Tulloch Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, typical Hunter yellow-green colour, tropical fruit, melon and peach, crisp palate with only 15% malo and toasty vanilla oak (***)

Tulloch Hunter Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, medium bodied plum and blackberry with a touch of mint, palate sows some jammy loss of definition, creamy smooth oak features and tannins (***)

Tulloch Vineyard Selection Hunter Valley Verdelho 2005

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: June 2006, straw green in colour with lifted tropical fruit overtones on the palate, musk, melon and mandarin dominate with a spicy lift on the finish, well balanced acid finish, good value (***1/2)

Tulloch Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: June 2006, soft buttery drink now style, tropical fruit, pineapple and peach flavours, subtle vanilla oak (***)

Tulloch Pokolbin Dry Red Shiraz 2002

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: June 2006, sweet plum and red fruit with some varietal pepper, stewed medium bodied palate lacking in brightness, cigar box and leather features, soft tannins (**1/2)