Mike De Iuliis, and the namesake winery his parents founded, has been considered one of the "new guard" of Hunter Valley excellence. With exceptional vineyard holdings and a modern winery, Mike has made De Iuliis one of the highest regarded wineries in the region. The wines are classic yet contemporary: age-worthy, elegant, refined and pure.
Planted on the heavy clay soils of the family Lovedale Road vineyard (LDR) in 2008, this unique blend of Shiraz (80%) and Touriga Nacional (20%, a Portugese variety regularly used in the production of Port) has floral fruit characters with savoury Hunter regional structure. While fantastic in its infancy, the wine will build in the cellar for 5+ years.
A small block of 3.5 acres of Shiraz and 1.5 acres of Touriga Nacional at were planted at De luliis' Lovedale Road vineyard in 2008. This was a pure experiment in trying to produce an elegant Hunter Shiraz (80%), that with the addition of a small amount of Touriga (20%) would lift the aroma and add complexity to the wine.
Medium red, with a vibrant purple hue. Lifted cherry spice and potpourri, earthy, spicy with a hint of boysenberry, plum and blackcurrants.
The De Iuliis vineyard is located on Lovedale Road in the Lower Hunter Valley. It is framed by the magnificent Brokenback mountain range. The property was purchased in 1987 and after several years of soil preparation the first vines were planted in 1990. The De Iluliis family vision is to produce wines of excellent quality that proudly bear their name. They make classic Hunter Valley Semillon, Shiraz and Chardonnay styles, as well as Merlot and Verdelho. A total of 15 hectares of vineyard produces a low yielding annual crush of 100 tonnes, resulting in concentrated fruit. Winemaker Michael De Iuliis aims to maintain a family tradition of outstanding quality.
STEVE LESZCZYNSKI - QWINE
Such a pretty wine - a cracking drop. Rush to this! Gorgeous aromas of red flowers, dried flowers, violets, fresh cherries, blueberries and plums. Quite a generous introduction you could say. An 80/20 blend, age will not weary it. Over a couple of days it was brimming and refused to fatigue. Great width to the fruit but the depth and density is evident too. Moreish, red earthiness pulses through flanked by dried herbs and savoury charm from the Touriga. Black fruit and plums tick away effortlessly before a puckering dryness adds further appeal and urges another sip to be had. And I don't mind if I do. Superb.'
ANDREW GRAHAM - OZWINEREVIEW.COM
Hunter Gathering tasting: One wine stood heads and shoulders above the rest in bracket 3, with the 2017 De Iuliis LDR Vineyard Shiraz Touriga an absolute winner. It was even better than the Mike’s standard 2017 Shiraz, actually. He believes that Touriga loves heat, which makes it perfect in warm years like 2017 (and 2018 for that matter), and the small addition to the Shiraz adds an extra layer of both fruit fragrance and bright red fruit. The other Shiraz blends were approachable enough, even if they weren’t as exuberant. ...To be honest this tasting was too quick for me to start forensically picking apart the wines. But it wasn’t hard to appreciate the form, and take away one thing – 2017 is a great year for Hunter Shiraz (in particular).'
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
An 80/20% blend designed for early drinking, that won a top-gold medal at the Hunter Valley Wine Show '18. An unusually floral bouquet is promptly followed by a juicy/fleshy mid-palate, the fine tannins which then appear simply providing structure. I would bet the proverbial house that this will comfortably sail through '30 if any stray bottles came to light in the cellar.'
This blend of 80% Shiraz and 20% Touriga Nacional works well, delivering the same elegance of Hunter Shiraz with extra gloss and power. Nice, perfumed flowers and red berries with a succulent, red-fruit palate. Drink or hold.
Trophy - Best Other Red, Hunter Valley Wine Show Top Gold & Trophy - NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show 2018