Variety: Shiraz (99%) | Viognier (1%)
Region: Hunter Valley, single heritage listed vineyard
Vine Age: Planted on own roots in 1923
This medium bodied Kester has wonderful drive and energy, revealing superb details on a long silken palate.
The nature of this Vintage has generated beautifully expressive flavours – sweet black cherry, Morello cherry, and rich plum signatures; hints of olive tapenade and Mediterranean herbs, lavender and thyme, add persistence, becoming more majestic with time in the glass. Tannins are sublimely satiny and gentle, with fine French oak marrying seamlessly with the savoury soft tannins from the grape.
Each of these aromas and flavours reveal themselves in stages, each an extraordinary step in harmony and balance.
The fantastic fruit drive and youthful colour of this release point to potential for aging another 10 years, however the silky –smooth tannins make this an excellent wine to drink now.
Drink 2018 to 2028. Food Match; beef brisket, roasted meats and vegetables.
Variety: Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) | Hilltops Merlot (13%) | Hunter Cabernet Franc (13%) | Hunter Shiraz (4%)
Region: Hilltops | Hunter Valley
Inky Cabernet Sauvignon dominates providing black fruit layered complexity and natural tannin depth. Merlot shows vibrant fresh mulberry and mint aromas with gentle plummy softness on the palate, velvet harmony and subtle black-cherry roundness. Cabernet Franc chimes in later giving beautiful lavender-like fragrance, in partership with a touch of Shiraz, contributing structural red-cherry lift complete this blend.
Drink: Now to 2027.
Food Match: Lamb, venison, beef, or charcuterie.
Variety: Shiraz (95%) | Viognier (5%)
Region: Hunter Valley
Vine Age: 40+ years old
From a blend of premium Hunter Valley vineyards, this wine has a dark and broody masculine character. Co-fermenting 5% Viognier with 95% Shiraz generates a magical combination of gentle dark fruit and floral perfume aromas of rose-petal and warm dark spice. Dense blood plum and black cherry concentration harmonise with a silky soft milk chocolate texture and flavour length. Fine French oak spice completes the palate weaving beautifully with gentle fine vanillin elements. This is a medium bodied Shiraz with loads of style and charm.
Drink: Now to 2022.
Food Match: Slow cooked meats, pizza, or risotto.
Variety: 100% Shiraz
Region: Upper Hunter Valley
The fruit for this wine is sourced from a very unique site, which at 550m above sea level is the highest altitude vineyard in the Hunter Valley. This elevation and continental climate lead to cooler-climate aromatics, expressing violet and bramble with hints of eucalypt. These dark, aromatically tantalising fragrances point to this wine's power. Indeed, Flavours are palate saturating with terrific clarity, texture and creamy depth; the richness is liquorice-like and richly packed with plush purplish fruits, plus
chocolatey soft tannins that glide invitingly along in tight and centered focus. There is a wisp of stalky freshness adding to the finish, complete with a final assertion of gentle powdery firmness. This wine is a real statement of the vineyard's pedigree, expressing beautiful balance and structure ideal for cellaring beyond 15 years.
Drink: 2019 to 2038.
Food Match: Beef, lamb or kangaroo.
Variety: 100% Shiraz
Region: Hunter Valley
Vineyard: Bainton Vineyard
The blackness of this wine is ever-present, evident in not only the palate and the nose, but the colour in the glass is an inky purple-black as well. Aromatics follow this theme of broody darkness, deep aromas of black cherry, liquorice, currant and anise swirl with cold-drip coffee freshness. The muscularity of this wine is ever-present on the palate, a melange of surly black fruits and black peppery spices wrapping smoothly around the generous understory of velvety tannins. The foundation flavours are terrific, with lashings of brown cinnamon oak-spice power, adding even more length of flavour and harmony to this already flavour packed youngster.
Drink: Now to 2026.
Food Match: Lamb, beef, or venison.
'The Doctor' is the zenith of our Shiraz winemaking, a selection of 100% Hunter Valley Shiraz barrels from exemplary batches, and made in only the most outstanding vintages. My father, Dr. Harold William Tulloch, is a viticultural scientist who has in so many ways shaped the course of my life and career - this wine is made and named in his honour.
The wine's colour displays a youthful purple rim over deep, inky red black. Aromatically, this wine is super dark and dense, with fully ripe black fruit crammed into every niche; hints of cinnamon, mocha, fresh nutmeg and clove sway over the fruit core - but these recede with breathing as the black fruit power punches through with a rapid ascension, building with stronger perfumed concentration of sweet liquorice, blackcurrant and cola.
In every way this aromatic intensity is matched on the palate, with opulent richness from start to finish, and flavours that are phenomenally energetic and long. Black cherry and liquorice command with delicious spicy depth, plus the savoury support of red cherry, cranberry and black olive. For all it's broody, dense flavour, this wine is a gentle giant - enormous concentration with equally lavish oak spices, regally poised amongst ripe, fine grained, satiny soft tannins. A sinewy, muscular powerhouse of flavour that will cellar beautifully for many years.
It is so wonderfully complete.
Drink: Now to 2034.