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Keith Tulloch Chardonnay 2018

Expertly made Chardonnay from a sustainable vineyard that showcases the vibrant fruit character of the grapes, with flavours of melon, peach and pineapple, wrapped up in subtle creamy oak which lends elegance and soft, sensuous texture.
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Producer Keith Tulloch
Country Australia
Region Other
Wine Type White Wine
Body / Style Aromatic
Grape Blend 100% Chardonnay
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 13
Vintage 2018
Special Features Sustainable
Extra Info Sensuous, Subtle, Creamy
Food Pairing Guide Due to the oak ageing in this Chardonnay, it would stand up to strong flavours including, cheese soufflés, creamy, mustard sauces served with pork or chicken. Also delicious with salmon and lobster, shellfish, poultry dishes and soft cheeses.

Keith Tulloch Chardonnay is creamy, sensuous Aussie Chardonnay from this sustainable vineyard, that has subtlety and class. There's plenty going on here, such as apricot, peach, melon and fig aromas. This wine has been extremely well made, and the winemaker's skill has added extra richness and soft texture. The vibrant, refreshing flavours of honeydew and pineapple are woven together with vanilla oak-spices and satisfying creaminess from the oak ageing. An excellent wine that goes to show how much Chardonnay has to offer when made well.

“I cannot remember being more impressed with an initial release of wines than those”, said James Halliday when he first tasted Keith Tulloch’s wines. These thoughtful, hand-crafted wines hail from the Hunter Valley with a nod in part to the great Rhône Valley wines of Hermitage and Cote Rôtie. For those who may have tasted any legendary Hunter Shiraz wines of the 40s, 50s and 60s, tasting many of the modern Hunter wines can be a depressing experience but Keith Tulloch is very different, adding to that great legacy with a series of wines that uniquely capture the exotic spice and hedonistic pleasure of dense and rich Shiraz fruit. These are sensuous, subtle wines with the velvety texture of fine burgundy.

Keith Tulloch is certified carbon neutral by the Australian Government under the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS). This means that the winery, vineyard and offices are certified carbon neutral as well as its wines (including glassware, boxes, shipping, bottling). Every emission created by the vineyard and the winemaking process has been reduced where possible; and where emissions are unavoidable the pollutants have been offset through carbon abatement so that the business and its products have zero net greenhouse gas emissions. Keith Tulloch is also a member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia (previously known as Entwine) which requires wineries to report and reduce waste whilst promoting sustainable practices. A 65kw solar array has been installed, providing the vast majority of the estate’s power needs.In the vineyard Keith Tulloch engages in regenerative agriculture, minimising the use of chemical sprays and actively promoting soil health, life and biodiversity. It has started a program of revitalising native vegetation around the vineyard, which creates habitat for native insects, birds and animals which benefit the vineyard ecosystem. The business has eliminated single-use plastics and has instead moved onto biodegradable alternatives to prevent plastic waste. All Keith Tulloch wines have moved from heavy glass to lightweight eco glass, which considerably reduces greenhouse gas emissions from glass production and transport. The winery has enacted an array of water efficiency measures to eliminate water waste and to recycle waste water for use in the parks and gardens. The vineyard is now composted and fertilised only by organic fertiliser, re-using a product that would otherwise go to waste and reducing soil degradation and emissions from synthetic fertilisers.The estate continues to uphold organic viticulture principles in the vineyard, and this is improving year-on-year. Investments in agricultural equipment in the next financial year will further reduce the use of some chemical sprays, however there is no plan at this point to certify these practices. Keith Tulloch Wine is planning on certifying the vineyard and winery as sustainable under the Sustainable Winegrowing Australia certification that is currently being developed by the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI).

The Hunter Chardonnay vineyard was planted over 20 years ago and is sited immediately adjacent to the Semillon block – so there is a clear link with regard to the low vine yield, the fine fruit presence, finesse, elegant structure and fresh acid balance. As usual, sophisticated barrel fermentation takes place in new French oak, where solids-in-ferment produces texture and persistent flavour balance and length. Malo-ferment is minimised to retain the natural vibrant and racy acid balance and freshness. Elegant bright fruit needs elegant oak handling as well, so lightly-toasted barrels of fine-grained French oak are used. The unclarified wine is left on lees in barrel for only 3 months so that it remains subdued and subtle, preserving the fruit freshness and the maximizing its potential for cellaring.
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