“I cannot remember being more impressed with an initial release of wines than those”, said James Halliday when he first tasted Keith Tulloch’s wines.These thoughtful, hand-crafted wines hail from the Hunter Valley with a nod in part to the great Rhône Valley wines of Hermitage and Cote Rôtie. For those who may have tasted any legendary Hunter Shiraz wines of the 40s, 50s and 60s, tasting many of the modern Hunter wines can be a depressing experience but Keith Tulloch is very different, adding to that great legacy with a series of wines that uniquely capture the exotic spice and hedonistic pleasure of dense and rich Shiraz fruit. These are sensuous, subtle wines with the velvety texture of fine burgundy.
Keith Tulloch Botrytis Semillon 37.5cl 2017
The grapes are crushed, pressed and chilled then returned to the press to dissolve the crystallised sugars from the skins for extra intensity and flavour weight. This wine was matured for 8 months in new and one year old French barrels adding background vanilla and length. Meticulous about quality, Keith uses Chateau d’Yquem as a benchmark for his botrytis Semillon.
Lovely aromas of ripe apricots,sweet citrus and cool marzipan with some botrytis influence. A refined palate of citrus flavours, wild honey and pear characters with a delicious rich custard sweetness offset by clean and long lingering acidity, this is exotic wine with concentration and immense class.