'The Family Collection' is sold as a three pack in a wooden collector's box. It contains:
• 1x 2014 'The Kester' - The flagship of Keith Tulloch Wine, my own interpretation of the ultimate Hunter Shiraz
• 1x 2014 'The Doctor' - A barrel selection made for my father, Dr. Harry Tulloch, named in his honour.
• 1x 2014 'The Wife' - Created entirely in the style and taste which my wife, Amanda, loves.
Since 1998 I have made ‘The Kester’ Shiraz, our flagship release, in a style that very much expresses my own experience, methodology and taste. Decades of making Hunter Valley Shiraz, and learned methods from great Rhône vignerons, has culminated in my signature wine from a single vineyard in Broke Fordwich.
‘The Doctor’ Shiraz is a wine that is dedicated to my father and mentor, Dr. Harold William Tulloch. It was a great privilege to taste through my finest Shiraz barrels from an outstanding harvest with Harry, and make a wine that truly captured his taste and his character. This wine isn’t just made in his image; it reminds me of him.
Experimental ferments of Shiraz have always been a part of our winemaking, particularly with high concentrations of co-fermented Viognier. Finding the right balance and technique to craft ‘The Wife’, a wonderfully aromatic Shiraz-Viognier with chocolate soft tannins, very much vindicated these trials. The result genuinely captures the feminine charm of my wife, Amanda. It’s her favourite red.
This pack contains six unique Field of Mars Single Vineyard Hunter Valley wines in a collector's wooden box. This collection epitomises the highest quality with limited bottles produced of each variety, Semillon, Chardonnay & Shiraz. Selected from precise sub sections of our best vineyard blocks these wines show outstanding varietal expression and true historical & regional identity.
2 x Block 2A Semillon 2014
2 x Block 6 Chardonnay 2014
2 x Block 1 Shiraz 2013
Block 2A Semillon 2014
Terrific focus showing classic lime and lemon zest with juicy power. Aromas are extraordinary : packed around this pure zesty core are flashes of lemon-curd, guava, and pineapple, all beaming equally, like facets of a clear-cut-diamond. The palate is so energetic, full of linear quartz brightness at this young stage, with the delicate fruit texture running to clean minerally acids with hints of chalk, combining with a final flair of lemongrass-and-wintergreen-like herbaceousness giving a crisp, long, finish. This youngster is a flawless gem, showing the ideal fine presence and pedigree for great cellaring beyond 15 years.
Block 6 Chardonnay 2014
The 50 year old Chardonnay vines have generated such positive opulence of powerful and fully-ripe yellow/golden fruit, abounding with fully-ripe nectarine, melon, and peach, all packed in with superb ripe expression and harmony. Produced by whole-bunch pressing, the fruit core remains elegant and refined, held in poise by bright (stalky) astringency onto the finish. As these flavours glide along, the subtle velvety texture of barrel ferment begins to build, and wonderfully complex highlights of musk-stick, and creamed corn, fill out the flavours as the wine breathes. This Chardonnay is already showing so much charm, but has serious potential for cellaring beyond 10 years.
Block 1 Shiraz 2013
The fruit from this block is always our gentle giant – enormously rich and complex, crammed with the old-vine Hunter Shiraz intensity of fresh black cherry, dark black-chocolate, plus currant, prune, and quince. The primary fruit power is matched by deluxe French oak, adding layer upon layer of fine perfumed cedar and vanilla, over background hints of clove and polished leather.The palate is equally compelling, with expansive, fully-ripe fruit reinforced by deep, velvety soft tannins: cassis and chocolate-cake and X-mas spices from the start to a very long, satisfying finish.
With decanting, this wine lifts another notch, as the oak spices lift enough to clearly reveal the magnitude of solid black-fruits, and the tannins hold their ground with gentle firm grip. 2013 was a very good Vintage for Hunter Shiraz – not as ample and deep as 2011 or 2014, but this wine is a classic – with great balance and complexity that keeps on giving. Ideal cellaring 15 years and beyond.