“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 The Rude Mechanicals ‘Ephemera’ 2017
On the nose there are the honeysuckle and orange-blossom signatures of Viognier with background fragrances of spice and ripe pear from the Pinot Gris. The fruit is tight and elegant with a crystalline quality. Poised and precise with hints of lemongrass and fresh ginger, the wine is bright and fine but has depth and a fresh, long finish.