Verdelho Hunter Valley New South Wales
One of Hunter Valley's great winemaking estates, home to the nation's best known Verdelho. Originating from Portugal, traditionally used to make fortified wines such as Madeira, Verdelho has always enjoyed popularity in Australia, the Hunter Valley examples in particular are a class of their own. Tulloch sources the best grapes from good vineyards on the fertile river plains of Upper Hunter, to be assembled alongside smaller parcels from the Tulloch property at Pokolbin. A course of barrel ferments and oak treatments add a measure of richness and complexity.
By the 1920s J.Y. Tulloch had established himself as the largest vigneron in Hunter Valley, building a tradition of quality and excellence. While the family farm was eventually sold off after his passing, it has returned to Tulloch ownership and there is once again a Jay Tulloch at the helm to make great Hunter Valley wine. Some of the growers contributing fruit to the Tulloch wineworks of today are descendants of the very farmers who supplied J.Y. Tulloch a century ago. Components of sourced and estate grown Verdelho grapes are treated to a cool vinification in chilled fermenters for a fortnight, followed by a very limited skin contact and exposure to oak, then bottled early to retain the freshness of primary fruit.
Pale straw colour. Lifted floral notes accompanied by pineapple and green apple aromas. Refreshing citrus with pineapple dominate the clean and crisp well balanced palate. A soft fleshy mouthfeel with gentle spice, hint of sweetness and lively acidity,Tulloch finishes crisp and lingering. Perfectly matched to Asian inspired recipes and bright herbal flavours.