This September Release wine will be available for tasting as of the 8th of September. All orders placed online will be packed and sent on the 12th of October 2017.
'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, mocca, 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.
A remarkable vintage, with perfect conditions from Spring right through Vintage. Veraison and fruit set conditions were optimal. The weather played its part, blessing the Hunter Valley with gentle rainfall throughout Spring with good ground moisture, then bright sunshine throughout harvest. Some say the 'Vintage of the Century'. We’ll see – time will tell.
That said, I'm certainly looking forward to opening wines from this vintage for many, many years to come.
After vintage 2014, Harry and I sampled all of my best Hunter Shiraz batches from barrel. The barrels that he felt best expressed Hunter Valley Shiraz, according to his own palate, made this wine. As such, 'The Doctor' is slightly more Harry's style than mine, but for me this wine is a meeting of great quality and profound gravity.
This is only the second time we've released 'The Doctor', following the profound 2011 vintage release. It is a blessing to have been able to make this wine and share this wine with my father, not only once but twice. This release from the 2014 vintage is a wine that I look forward to enjoying with him for many years; as a wine, for all it's potential, I can only hope that it has the everlasting, determined character that he has.
New release, shipping October 12th.
Named for my father Dr.Harry Tulloch. A great Hunter red.