You have probably been to vineyards in Australia or around the world and wondered; why do so many vineyards plant rose bushes at the end of a row of vines?
No, this isn't a silly question and yes, there is a good reason.
Decanting is probably the most misunderstood science of wine; here are three points to check before you consider decanting that special bottle.
Blood is definitely thicker than wine at Keith Tulloch's winery. The Tulloch name is one of those most closely linked with Hunter Valley history, along with Tyrrell, Lindeman, Wilkinson and Wyndham. But of that esteemed group, only Tyrrells and Tullochs still work in the Hunter today.
These are special occasion wines, even for us. The limited quantities of 'The Kester' Shiraz mean that particularly from the early vintages, we save it for the special occasion to pull the cork and discover what kind of development the wine has seen.
Late in the afternoon of Sunday the 15th of Feburary 2015, we experienced something quite extraordinary on our Hermitage Road 'Field of Mars' estate. The day had been mostly hot and clear, with some dark clouds hovering across the horizon. We thought we would get some rain, but what we weren't expecting was for an air funnel or 'mini tornado' to touch down in the vineyard.
We're honoured by the recognition of Gourmet Traveller as the Hunter Valley's best cellar door experience.
We are relieved to report that the Hunter Valley wine country, particularly around the Pokolbin area, remained relatively unscathed through these storms.