Cellaring Guide - Keith Tulloch Wine
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Cellaring Guide

Semillon

Vintage

Rating

Best Drinking

Seal

1998N/ANot made
1999N/ANot made
20009NowCork
2001N/ANot made
20028NowCork
20039Now – 2019Screwcap
20049Now – 2019Screwcap
20058.5Now – 2017Screwcap
20068Now – 2021Screwcap
20079Now – 2020Screwcap
20087.5Now – 2025Screwcap
200910Now – 2022Screwcap
20109Now – 2023Screwcap
20118.5Now – 2025Screwcap
20128Now – 2025Screwcap
201392014 – 2024Screwcap
201410Now – 2025Screwcap
201592016 – 2028Screwcap
20168.52017 – 2028Screwcap
201792018 – 2033Screwcap
2018102019 – 2033Screwcap

Kester

Vintage

Rating

Best Drinking

Seal

19989Beautiful nowCork
19997Beautiful nowCork
20009Beautiful now, a giantCork
20016Now, fading quicklyCork
20027Now, decant firstCork
20039Now – 2018, a giant50% Cork
20048Beautiful now, feminine styleScrewcap
20059.5Beautiful now – 2023Screwcap
20068Now – 2019Screwcap
20079Now – 2020, a giantScrewcap
2008Not made
20098.5Now – 2025Screwcap
20109Now – 2028Screwcap
201110Now – 2040, a giantScrewcap
20128Now – 2028, feminine styleScrewcap
20139Now – 2030Screwcap
201410Now – 2045, a giantScrewcap
2015Not made
20169For release 2019Screwcap
201710a giant in the makingnot yet bottled
201810a giant in the makingnot yet bottled

Growing Seasons

1998Excellent, dry & hot, classic reds
1999Very good, milder, mostly dry
2000Excellent, dry & hot, great whites & reds
2001Mild and recurring showers, very good whites
2002Mild some showers, very good whites & reds
2003Excellent, dry & hot, great whites & reds
2004Mild, light showers, classic fine whites, very good reds
2005Excellent, dry & hot, great whites & reds
2006Very good, milder, mostly dry
2007Excellent, dry year, very good whites & reds
2008Mild throughout then wet, some very good fine whites
2009Mild, light showers, classic fine whites, very good reds
2010Hot, early picking, late rain, fast vintage
2011Excellent, hot, very good whites & great reds
2012Mild, wet spells, delicate whites, medium bodied reds
2013Mild, some showers mid-vintage. Very good whites & reds
2014Sensational Vintage, dry & warm to hot. Excellent whites & exceptional reds
2015Mild Summer, some showers mid-Vintage. Elegant whites & medium-bodied reds
2016Mild Summer, wet January, hot dry February. Elegant whites & very good reds
2017Very hot & dry Summer, extreme heat early in vintage. Excellent whites & exceptional reds
2018Prolonged drought conditions, superb vintage conditions. Exceptional whites & reds.

Cellaring Recommendations

  1. These Cellaring Recommendations are approximations and reflect the potential under the optimal cellaring conditions. To achieve this, your wine cellar should hold a temperature between 10 and 15º C as uniformly constant as possible, be free of vibrations or movement that can travel through wine, and be dark, or at least with no direct sunlight.
  2. Keith Tulloch Wine uses crew-cap exclusively to ensure that our wines have the highest assurances in quality control; our wines will exhibit the best of character as intended, will remain fresher and will cellar for longer than under cork.
  3. Wines sealed under screwcap are perfectly sealed from the air. This means that the humidity of the cellar and the manner of stacking is not important. Wines sealed under screwcap can be safely stored standing up.
  4. If wines are stored under cork, you should ensure bottles are stored upside down (inverted) or laying on their sides, with a cellar humidity level of approximately 75%. The cellar needs to be free from chemical odours which can transfer through the cork.
  5. We recommend decanting the younger Vintages of “The Kester” Shiraz prior to drinking in order to maximize their complexity and “completeness”. This process doesn’t replicate the majesty of development that occurs with time in the bottle, but for the impatient it fills the need. With older Vintages of “The Kester” decanting is not necessary as the wines rarely develop any sediment.