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Latest Halliday reviews:

Having only submitted wines to The Australian Wine Companion in Janurary, we were very surprised to see one of our wines already reviewed this year. We are very excited to see more results coming back from wine critics and journalists this year for upcoming releases.

96 points "It's a beauty" - 2013 'The Kester' Shiraz. Chosen in May 2015 for James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine's 'Top Cellaring Selections'

96 Points "It's outstanding" - 2014 Field of Mars 'Block 2a' Semillon 

95 Points "It's fresh, crisp, pure and full of promise" - 2014 Hunter Valley Semillon

95 Points "It's enough to make you sit back and marvel." - 2014 Field of Mars 'Block 3b' Semillon

95 Points "Classy. Delicious drinking. Length, plus." - 2014 Field of Mars 'Block 6' Chardonnay

94 Points "Spending time with it is a pleasure." - 2014 Hunter Valley Chardonnay



James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2015

  • 2007 Museum Release Hunter Valley Semillon - 96 points
  • 2011 'Single Barrique' Hunter Valley Botrytis Semillon - 96 points
  • 2011 'The Doctor' Hunter Valley Shiraz - 96 points
  • 2011 'Field of Mars' Hunter Valley Shiraz - 96 points
  • 2013 'Field of Mars' Hunter Valley Chardonnay - 96 points
  • 2011 'The Kester' Hunter Valley Shiraz - 95 points
  • 2012 'Forres Blend' - 95 points
  • 2013 Hunter Valley Semillon - 95 points
  • 2013 'Field of Mars' Block 2a Hunter Valley Semillon - 95 points
  • 2012 Hunter Valley Botrytis Semillon - 94 points
  • 2013 'Gairn Vineyard' Tumbarumba Chardonnay - 94 points
  • 2013 Hunter Valley Chardonnay - 93 points


Click Tasting Notes to read James Reviews 



Wine Advocate - Lisa Perotti-Brown

"The 2012 Botrytis Semillon has a pale to medium gold color and offers pronounced notes of dried apricots, honeycomb and orange marmalade with perfumed hints of musk and jasmine. Fully sweet, rich and unctuous with wonderful depth of flavor, as usual this is a beautiful example of a botrytised Semillon with exquisite balance and a very long finish. Drink it now to 2022+".
92+  An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, a terrific wines.

Matthew Jukes' 100 Best Australian Wines 2014/2015

Keith Tulloch Semillon 2013

Tyson Stelzer WBM May 2014

- Keith Tulloch Individual Vineyard Gairn Chardonnay 2013 - 94points.

'The Telegraph'  by Hamish Anderson 14th November 2013 (United Kingdom)

Keith Tulloch Semillon 2012 - This Semillon really is the star of the Hunter Valley. A truly complex wine. Fine lime and lemon flavours, being the true varietal signatures of this great variety. Light elegant flavours that are long and delicate. Can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to 10 years.


Donna Hay Magazine

The team at Donna Hay loved the 2010 The Kester Shiraz


Australian Wine Vintages - Gold Book 

30th Edition 2013


Keith Tulloch Wine Hunter Valley Semillon was judged as a gold star wine (with the ability to achieve a consistent high quality fruit, flavour, complexity and freshness).

Keith Tulloch Wine The Kester Shiraz was judged as a gold star wine (with the ability to achieve a consistent high quality fruit, flavour, complexity and freshness).

The Kester Shiraz 2010 was judged one of the Top 100 wines 


Keith Tulloch Wine Estate

The Guardian - Keith Tulloch Semillon Review

The Australian - 6 - 7 October, 2012


Muse Kitchen

Newcastle Herald June 2014

Chef Troy Rhoades-Brown - Newcastle Herald - October 2012

A Table for Two 

Newcastle Herald - Liz Love


Manager's Quarters

Sydney Morning Herald

52 Weekends Away - The Age & SMH


Gourmet Traveller - 'Australia's Best Cellar Door Awards'

“The vast, sandy flood plain of Hermitage Road is grand cru territory for Hunter Semillon, and the cellar door of Keith Tulloch Wine is perched in the middle of it. As you enter along the driveway, you can spot red soil on the right and brown sand on the left, each suited to different varieties. The tasting setting that Keith Tulloch has created here is one of the most inviting in the Hunter. Perched upstairs, the view of the vineyard is spectacular and everyone is seated at tables. A tasting menu is available from Muse Kitchen, but a better option is to book lunch downstairs after the tasting. It is the relaxed, provincial version of Troy and Megan Rhoades-Brown’s Muse and offers European bistro comfort food, showcasing local produce.” 

Tyson Stelzer, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine 2015


Huon Hooke - Latest Ratings

Huon visited our estate in September, sampling current and upcoming releases of our wine. You can read the highly flattering article covering his impressions of the winery and vineyard here, and view the wine scores below.

 Overall Winery Rating: 95.4

- 97 points: 2007 'Museum Release' Hunter Valley Semillon

- 96 points: 2011 'Field of Mars' Block 1 Shiraz

- 96 points: 2013 'Field of Mars' Block 2a Semillon

- 95 points: 2013 'Field of Mars' Block 6 Chardonnay

- 95 points: 2014 'Estate' Semillon

- 95 points: 2012 Botrytis Semillon

- 94 points: 2014 'Estate' Hunter Valley Chardonnay

- 93 points: 2011 'The Kester' Shiraz

- 93 points: 2011 'Tawarri' Shiraz

- 92 points: 2013 'Gairn Vineyard' Tumbarumba Chardonnay


Matthew Jukes (UK) - 2013/2014

Listed Keith Tulloch Wines as one of his Top 40 Australian Wineries & included the 2011 Botrytis Semillon in his Top 100 Australian Wines


Lisa Perotti-Brown MW- 2013

Lisa Perotti-Brown has written fabulous reviews on a range of our premium wines for the Wine Advocate.

The wines reviewed included

- 2012 Field of Mars Block 2a Semillon

- 2012 Estate Semillon

- 2011 Botrytis Semillon

- 2012 Field of Mars Block 6 Chardonnay

- 2012 Estate Wild Ferment Chardonnay

-2011 Estate Shiraz Viognier

- 2010 Field of Mars Block 1 Shiraz

Jeremy Oliver - The Australian Wine Annual 2012

The Kester Shiraz 2009 "The finest wine under this label I have tasted.. with a delicate, earthy and faintly musky bouquet of red & black berries, plums and cherries. It’s smooth & supple, with a brightly lit presence of red fruits and the silky fineness evident in the better Hunter reds. Long, even and lively to the finish it should develop further charm and complexity." 93 points. 

The Kester Shiraz 2007 - 93 points - “A very deep garnet-purple colour and fragrant with black cherry and blackberry aromas with hints of cassis, spice box, white pepper and mocha. Full bodied with very crisp acid to give lift, it has a medium-firm level of very finely grained tannins and a long finish with some earthiness coming through.”

Field of Mars Shiraz 2007 - 92+points - “Deep garnet purple coloured, it has earthy, tobacco leaf and blackberry aromas with a touch of warm blueberries and plenty of spices - nutmeg, cassia and cumin. Crisp, tight and medium-full bodied with medium-firm chewy tannins, this concentrated wine has a long finish.”

Botrytis Semillon 2009 - 93 points - “A deep straw to gold colour and lovely honeycomb and musk aromas over preserved kumquat and ginger plus a whiff of balsamic. The palate is very sweet and rich with concentrated exotic fruit layers offset by very high acid and finishing long. Delicious now, it should continue to drink through 

Manager's Quarters Review - Sydney Morning Herald