The Family Collection
2016 The Doctor Shiraz
This wine is named in honour of my father, Dr. Harold William Tulloch.
Whilst Harry is a renowned viticulturalist and PhD, the word Doctor actually originates from the Latin word Docere - "to teach". In so many ways throughout my life, Harry has been my teacher.
In exceptional red vintages, I taste through the best barrels of Hunter Valley Shiraz with Harry. His favourite barrels are kept aside, blended and bottled in extremely limited quantities. In a way, this wine is more his taste than mine - a bold, rich expression of Hunter Shiraz more atuned to the old school than the new school, but brimming with quality.
With time to mature in bottle, this outstanding wine has really started to flex its muscles; primary Shiraz aromas of blackberry, blood plum and pulpy black cherry, with terroir notes of cranberry and juniper. Flavours of concentrated inky black fruit and dark chocolate are supported by black peppercorn and traces of bush garrigue and black olive. Savoury, fine grained tannins are well anchored and interwoven, gaining lovely expression and momentum with each year in bottle.
Drink: Now to 2035