Advent Double Dozen Recipe Match

An Advent Calendar is a special calendar used to count or celebrate the days in anticipation of Christmas. Since the date of the first Sunday of Advent varies, falling between November 27 and December 3, it is most often celebrated from the 1st – 24th December, with a gift for each day.

So 24 days, handy then that it’s the exact  amount of bottles in 2 dozen wines, and if the wine isn’t gift enough, we’ve also given you a food match for each and every day!

Click here to purchase the Advent Double Dozen at a very special price 

Day 1 SSBRecipe from Gourmet Traveller click here to view it.

Day 2 CuveeRecipe from Gourmet Traveller click here to view

Day 3 SangioveseRecipe from Gourmet Traveller click here to view

Day 4 VerdelhoRecipe from Eat Love click here to view

Day 5 Private BinRecipe from taste.com.au click here to view

Day 6 Pinot GrisRecipe from Tulloch Wines blog click here to view

Day 7 RoseRecipe from Tulloch Wines blog click here to view

Day 8 BarberaRecipe from Gourmet Traveller click her to view

Day 9 VerscatoRecipe from Yottam Ottolenghi click here to view

vegetables set

Recipe from the Tulloch Wines blog click here to view

Day 11 VS ChardonnayRecipe From the Tulloch Wines blog click here to view

Day 12 JYT SelectionRecipe from the Tulloch Wines blog click here to view

Day 13 Late PickedRecipe from Gourmet Traveller click here to view

 

Day 14 Tempranillo.jpgRecipe from Gourmet Traveller click here to view

Day 15 JY TAwnyRecipe from Gourmet Traveller click here to view

Day 16 VS VerdelhoRecipe from Gourmet Traveller click here to view

Day 17 88 RedRecipe from Gourmet Traveller click here to view

Day 18 HUnter River WhiteRecipe from Gourmet Traveller click here to view

Day 19 HectorRecipe from Gourmet Traveller click her to view

Day 20 ViognierRecipe from Gourmet Traveller click here to view

Day 21 CDVRecipe from Gourmet Traveller click here to view

Day 22 EM ChardRecipe from the Tulloch Wines blog click here to view

Day 23 JY VintageRecipe from Gourmet Traveller click here to view

Slow roasted lambRecipe from the Tulloch Wines blog click here to view

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The Full Tasting Booklet from our 120 Years Retrospective Tasting.

Long before the wines were dusted off and the corks were popped, there was a great deal of digging and researching undertaken to secure the wines and information necessary to put this tasting into perspective.

Without knowing the vintage conditions and the historical milestones of how technology changed wine production throughout the years, the full experience of how well these wines were drinking after 6o odd years could never have been fully appreciated.

I give you the result below, our Retrospective Tasting Booklet.

Retrospective Tasting Booklet

The information you will find in this booklet includes:

JYT’s welcome to the Retrospective Tasting, the tasting program, parish map, rainfall data from 1905 – 2015, a summary of vintage conditions 1952 – 2015, a full list of all the wines tasted on the day, a detailed history of the Private Bin Pokolbin Dry Red Shiraz label and a timeline of Tulloch’s 120 year history.

I have also included some separate links below to some of the items which may be viewed more easily as separate documents:

Parish map

Tulloch Timeline Part 1

Tulloch Timeline Part 2

Tulloch Timeline Part 3

In you, our Verdelho lovers I trust…. Viva Verdelho!

You would have to be living under some fine specimen of terra rossa soil not to know that one of the wines we are most well recognised for at Tulloch is our Verdelho.

Our customers love it and we sell loads of it, in a number of different guises.  But, and this is a big old pain in my butt, for some reason the varietal lacks credibility and recognition by our peers.  The question is why?

Unlike Chardonnay which met its demise care of Kath & Kim Read my Post on this topic here and anything containing Sav Blanc (whose popularity continues unabated despite its most recognised descriptor being Cat Piss, really?), Verdelho doesn’t seem to have offended anyone in particular, least of all wine drinkers, so why does it cop such a hard time?

People like it, it tastes good, it has an interesting history and its roots are firmly planted in peer accepted expressions like Madeira. Tulloch’s own beginnings with this varietal even have a great Aussie theme of failure and triumph, but still our peers mock.

So in you, our Verdelho lovers I trust, raise a glass and declare #VivaVerdelho!

Drink it with pride, spread the word and share the love of this truly drinkable white wine. Take back the power by choosing substance over farce, stand out amongst the crowd and proudly proclaim you will follow the cat piss trend no longer.  Dare to be assertive and refuse to have your drinking preferences prescribed from those on high. Wine is to be enjoyed, and Verdelho in particular, has no greater purpose than to satisfy the drinker.

So next time you’re looking for a crowd pleasing smashable white wine, pick up a Verdelho and proclaim proudly VivaVerdelho!

For those interested here is the background of Verdelho.  May I suggest imbibing said wine while digesting said history (according to my Dad).  A proudly pragmatic man, who is not scared to give drinkers what they want instead of what he thinks they should have.  Hear, hear JYT!

The Verdelho grape has been grown in Australia since 1825 when it was imported by the Australian Agricultural Company. First grown at Camden by William Macarthur and described in James Busby’s book Manual for Vineyards and Making Wine 1830, “….a plentiful bearer and appears to be free from every sort of disease,” (not quite right).

The Verdelho grape variety comes from the Portuguese island of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco.  There are four varieties used to make Madeira ranging from very dry to very sweet.  The driest is Sercial, the Verdelho is softer and slightly darker in colour with the lighter version known as Rainwater.  The finer Bual is medium with a strong hint of molasses, and finally Malmsey which is full bodied, often caramelly and brown.   In the nineteenth century pipes (casks) of Madeira were loaded on ships for long ocean voyages and it was considered the wine needed to cross the tropics twice before it had acquired the desired flavour.

In the early 1900’s the Tulloch family made a fortified wine predominately from the Verdelho grape in the Madeira style described above and called it Crème de Vin.  Tulloch have been producing this Madeira style wine on and off now for 100 plus years, with the current release made in a traditional style from a small solera commenced in 1973.

In the 1950’s and 1960’s as table wine became popular, Verdelho was blended with Semillon (at that time known as Hunter River Riesling) to boost the flavour of the Semillon in light years.  Verdelho is very suited to the Hunter Valley as it has the ability to quickly regain its sugar level after rain and is resistant to bunch rot.  It does however suffer from powdery mildew; but this is not the problem it used to be due to modern spray equipment. Another plus is its suitability to mechanical harvesting.

Tulloch made Verdelho as a table wine in 1973 and 1974. Both were credible wines, however the ’73 developed rather too much and became overbearing with age. The lesson we learnt from this was not to allow the grapes to reach excessive maturity before harvest.   In 1982 we made a wine that would not ferment out to the stage that all the sugar was consumed to produce a dry wine.  We ended up with a slightly fruity (sweet) wine; the question was then, what to do with it?

The answer, was to sell it in the cellar door and it was an instant success, so release to the trade followed and here we are today proudly still selling this great varietal 30 years later.

As we have progressed, innovation has come to the fore and we now produce a number of styles of Verdelho.  From the Crème de Vin (Madeira style) to the low alcohol style of the Verscato and various styles in between. This range of products shows the versatility of Verdelho as the most reliable variety viticulturally to be grown in the Hunter Valley.

And a few other interesting articles espousing the virtues of the verdelho variety:

http://fabervineyard.com.au/our-stories/in-defence-of-verdelho/

Dan Traucki’s Article on Verdelho

What does a wine from 1952 really taste like?

There really is no better person to ask this question than Huon Hooke, one of Australia’s most renowned wine critics.

Also as a veteran and pioneer of professional wine critiquing, he is probably one of few people in the world who has seen many of these wines before at various stages of development.  More so, he has seen Tulloch Wines from our finest years in the 50’s,  from our demise into corporate ownership in the 70’s and to now as we continue our rise from the ashes, delivering a perspective to make these reviews truly compelling.

So it seems only fitting to share with you his take on the long awaited last bracket of the day from our 120th Tasting (for more on the tasting click here), A Retrospective of Private Bin Pokolbin Dry Red Shiraz 1952 – 2014.

PDF of Huon’s Ratings of Private Bin Pokolbin Dry Red

Click here to read Huon Hooke’s full article on the Retrospective Tasting from the Sydney Morning Herald.

We’re just a wee bit excited!

It is really hard not to get excited about reviews like this from Huon Hooke and James Halliday, two of Australia’s (and the worlds)  most respected wine critics.

This is our current vintage release of our flagship red wine, Hector Limited Release Shiraz.  Named after my great grandfather who brought the Tulloch name to prominence and put the Hunter Valley on the map in the 1950’s and 60’s.

If he is looking down from above as we celebrate our 120th year at Tulloch wines in 2015, I think he would be very proud to see this wine bearing his name.

James Halliday 2016 Wine Companion review of Tulloch 2011 Hector Limited Release Shiraz Click here

Huon Hooke’s review and wine 360 of Tulloch 2011 Hector Limited Release Shiraz Click here