Unlike Tyrrell's et al. The De Iuliis' have 'only' been growing grapes and making wine since 1990 - a blip in the timeline of someone like the 165-year-old Draytons family. But that also means more experimentation and diversity - as illustrated by Mike de Iuliis' glorious LDR Shiraz Touriga which swept last year's Hunter Valley Wine Show.
The 2018 Talga Road Shiraz is an exceptional red. Here's a wine already voted as a king amongst Hunter Shiraz - a gold medal winner at the 2019 Hunter Wine Show too - that is only released when the stars align. It's a wine of muscularity, with uncommon richness and volume not typically seen in Hunter reds.
This wine is rarefied that you won't even find it on the De Iuliis website yet. Instead, we've got you the first access, the inside line on a selection of wines that typify the best of 'new' Hunter Valley, and presented at a price that is not only absurd for the quality, but absurd for what it will sell for direct.
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.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
The fragrant bouquet is very different to that of Steven Vineyard, its structure more full-bodied, with the march and retreat of firm tannins, the fruit never defeated. A feature of the wine is the freshness of the finish and aftertaste.