Tulloch Pokolbin Dry Red Private Bin Shiraz 2005

TullochI’ll start with a quote from the late Len Evans – “At the end of the 60’s, Grange was the same price as Tulloch’s Private Bin.” Fair enough too I’d say. The 1965 vintage we had recently was about as good as it gets. This is the first release of a Tulloch Private Bin in over 25 years and it’s great to see the classic retro label with the modern twist of a screwcap closure (which apparently now gives you cancer…ha..idiots!). Only 300 dozen made. As an aside, if I seem to be dishing out high points in a most alarming manner, it’s because I’ve been reviewing all the top wines before I go away. I only have my own best interests at heart!

Aromas of raspberry, blackberry, pepper, a little vanilla and licorice and the classic smoke and earth scents so typical of great Hunter shiraz (or Chianti for that matter). I smell it, and it makes me smile. On the palate medium bodied with flavours of raspberry, blackberry, pepper, earth, spice and licorice. Fine dry lightly raspy tannins like the lick of a kittens tongue and fresh pippy acidity. Finishes dry and long with spicy earthy red fruit flavours. I’ve gone nuts over this wine. I think it has the potential to become something very special. If you have a taste for traditional Hunter shiraz, as I do, you’d be well advised to get some of this into your cellar quick smart.

Tasted : May07
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2015 - 2025+
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