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Keith Tulloch Vineyards - Keith and his father Dr. Harry Tulloch have overseen the revitalisation of one of the Hunter’s best Semillon vineyards.
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Vineyards

Keith Tulloch Wine Vineyards

“The best wines begin with the best fruit.

We grow and source fruit from outstanding Hunter Valley and New South Wales vineyard sites.”

Keith Tulloch Estate Vineyard

“An ‘A team’ Hunter semillon vineyard in the hands of one of its most intellectual makers”

– Tyson Stelzer

We acquired this vineyard in 2008, seeing the potential of the soils and old vines to produce world class wines; Across the past decade, Keith and his father Dr. Harry Tulloch have overseen the revitalisation of one of the Hunter’s best Semillon vineyards.

Our vineyard estate and winery on Hermitage Road grows Semillon, Marsanne, Viognier, Chardonnay and Shiraz, all planted in 1968 on the ancient floodplains of Rothbury Creek. Here, the winding creek beds provide the famous alluvial sandy soils of Pokolbin.

The wines from this vineyard include our Hunter Valley Semillon, Winemaker’s Selection Marsanne, as well as the Field of Mars Collection wines: Block 2a Semillon, Block 3B Semillon, Block 6 Chardonnay and Block 1 Shiraz.

We recognise that this vineyard is on the traditional lands of the Wonnarua people.

SOILS: Alluvial River Sand, Clay Loam

ALTITUDE: 67m to 73m

ASPECT: Flat, floodplain with South-facing gentle rise.

ROW DIRECTION: Predominantly East-West orientation, some blocks NE-SW

LATITUDE: 32°44’04” S

LONGITUDE: 151°15’44” E

CLIMATE: Mediterranean with coastal influences.

GROWER: Keith & Amanda Tulloch

McKelvey Vineyard, Pokolbin

This vineyard is owned by the McKelvey family, who grow Chardonnay and Shiraz for our regional blends and single vineyard releases.

Planted on a Western-facing hillside on Deasys Road, Pokolbin, the McKelvey Vineyard was established in 1997/1998 by the viticulturist and winemaker David Lowe. Significantly this vineyard is planted to high-quality vinestock, being the I10V5 Chardonnay clone and the SA1658 Shiraz clone. Of note, the SA1658 clone – which has delivered many of Australia’s great Shiraz’s wines – was identified and isolated originally by Dr Harry Tulloch, when he was a Viticultural Research Scientist for the Department of Agriculture in the 1960’s.

The wines from this vineyard include our McKelvey Vineyard Chardonnay and McKelvey Vineyard Shiraz, with some fruit parcels contributing towards our regional Chardonnay and Shiraz blends.

We recognise that this vineyard is on the traditional lands of the Wonnarua people.

SOILS: Rich red-brown Clay loam with underlying Limestone, Volcanic soil

ALTITUDE: 66m to 95m

ASPECT: Steeper hill, with Northerly and Westerly slope.

ROW DIRECTION: Around the hill, rows NE-SW to NW-SE

LATITUDE: 32°44’16.46” S

LONGITUDE: 151°18’36.84” E

CLIMATE:  Mediterranean with coastal influences.

GROWER: McKelvey Family

Keith Tulloch ‘La Tara’ Vineyard, Pokolbin

Planted in 1978 on Deasys Road Pokolbin, this Semillon vineyard has consistently produced fruit of the very highest pedigree – this was behind our decision to purchase the vineyard immediately when it became available in early 2017. The first harvest after we purchased the property was the 2018 vintage, and since this year we have consistently produced a single vineyard wine from this site.

Oriented East-West on a gently sloping block, the long rows of vines have plentiful sunlight, whilst the volcanic clay and limestone soils have proven to express the zesty characters of great Hunter Valley Semillon.

The wine from this vineyard is our Latara Vineyard Semillon.

 

We recognise that this vineyard is on the traditional lands of the Wonnarua people.

SOILS: Red loamy clay, Limestone, Volcanic soil

ALTITUDE: 59m to 67m

ASPECT: Flat, with a Western-facing gentle rise.

ROW DIRECTION: All rows oriented East-West.

LATITUDE: 32°43’46.78” S

LONGITUDE: 151°18’55.37” E

CLIMATE: Mediterranean with coastal influences.

GROWER: Keith & Amanda Tulloch

Bainton Vineyard, Broke Fordwich

This vineyard is owned by Tony and Judy Bainton, who have grown fruit for KTW for almost twenty years, supplying fruit of exceptional pedigree for our limited release wines such as ‘The Kester’, ‘The Wife’ and ‘The Doctor’.

Some of the blocks were planted around 1923, 1942, and 1955, making this historic vineyard into a special old-vine site. This vineyard has special significance for our family; these low-yielding Shiraz vines in Broke Fordwich carry the legacy of our forefathers in the local region. The wine from this vineyard contributes towards our regional Shiraz blend, as well as ‘The Family Collection’ wines.

We recognise that this vineyard is on the traditional lands of the Wonnarua people.

SOILS:  Deep Gravelly Sand

ALTITUDE: 74m to 102m

ASPECT: Alluvial gully at the base of a mountain, gradual fall to the South

ROW DIRECTION: Principally East – West, some North – South

LATITUDE: 32°42’36.77” S

LONGITUDE: 151°2’25.07” E

CLIMATE: Mediterranean and continental influences.

GROWER: Tony & Judy Bainton

Ewen Vineyard, Broke Fordwich

This vineyard is farmed by Stuart Ewen and is an important part of our Hunter Valley Chardonnay, with highly regarded ‘P58’ clone vines delivering crisp, ripe fruit. Planted close to the base of the Brokenback range in the Broke Fordwich subregion, this vineyard is sheltered from growing season rainfall and has well-draining alluvial soils. As well as Chardonnay, a recently grafted block of Roussanne provides us with locally grown fruit for our ‘MRV’ Hunter white blend from 2018. The wine from this vineyard contributes not only to our regional blends but also our Single Vineyard collection, with outstanding parcels selected for premium release.

We recognise that this vineyard is on the traditional lands of the Wonnarua people.

SOILS: Hunter Alluvial

ALTITUDE: 75m

ASPECT: Vineyard slopes gently, East-facing

ROW DIRECTION: North-South

LATITUDE: 32°43’41.12” S

LONGITUDE: 151°3’17.78” E

CLIMATE: Mediterranean and continental influences.

GROWER: Stewart Ewen

Eagles Rest Vineyard, Pokolbin

The Eagles Rest Vineyard is sited in central Pokolbin, nestled on the high slopes of the Pokolbin Mountain foothills. These vines were planted in the early 1970’s by Dr. Don Maxwell and over the years has developed a prized reputation for ultra-premium quality.

The vineyard is elevated 200m above the valley floor and enjoys the benefits of cooler sea-breeze air flow during Summer. It is also a protected site, close up under the shoulder of the Brokenback Mountain Range

Both Chardonnay and Shiraz are grown here and relish the in deep red volcanic-basalt soils. Rows are steeply terraced with Chardonnay facing the South, while the Shiraz faces North to North-West.

We recognise that this vineyard is on the traditional lands of the Wonnarua people.

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SOILS: Deep red volcanic-basalt soils

ALTITUDE: 200m at the top, down to 183m

ASPECT: Steeply terraced South facing

ROW DIRECTION: WNW to ESE

LATITUDE: 32° 48’ 09.71”S

LONGITUDE: 151° 15’ 39.60”E

CLIMATE: Coastal influences.

GROWER: Michael Hill

Tawarri Vineyard, Merriwa

The Tawarri Vineyard near Merriwa is one of the most unique vineyard sites in the Hunter region, only 10km from the top of the ranges 27km North-Northeast of Merriwa. This 25-year-old Shiraz vineyard produces fruit with ripe, black flavours of impressive density. We are the exclusive buyers from this vineyard and have produced a single vineyard wine from this fruit since the 2011 vintage. The wine from this vineyard is the Tawarri Vineyard Shiraz.

We recognise that this vineyard is on the traditional lands of the Wonnarua people.

SOILS: Rich basalt clays

ALTITUDE: 450m

ASPECT: Northwestern aspect with gentle slope, central gully

ROW DIRECTION: North-South

LATITUDE: 31°53’54.88” S

LONGITUDE: 150°26’46.09” E

CLIMATE: Temperate/Continental

GROWER: Kibble Family