Tulloch Private Bin Shiraz 2010 (Hunter Valley, NSW)
|Shiraz with essential beer chaser|
12.9%, Screwcap, $50
The reason why that is such a wonderful thing is simply how good that ’54 tasted. Even as an (almost) 60 year old it was distinctly earthen, red fruited and full of energy. Sure it was old and dusty and had some odd bits. But it tasted alive (and delicious).
Happily, flashing forward 56 years into the Tulloch future and we end up with this 2010 Private Bin – which tastes an awful lot like that 54. There is tomato juice, red bricks and red earth on the nose, with more earth and that same red fruit vibrancy through the middle.
Admittedly it’s probably not the brightest and easiest Tulloch Private Bin to drink young (the 09 and 11 are much more affable now), yet the DNA is so readily apparent that it makes you smile.
Even when viewed in isolation, over a couple of days, there is no doubting the appeal of this wonderfully mid-weight ‘Hunter Burgundy’. It sort of creeps up on you, never seducing, but always providing a little glory.
Buy-able. Not profound, yet wonderfully celebratable in every way.
Score: 18/20, 93/100+
Would I buy it? Yep.