Field of Mars Hunter Valley Semillon Block 2A 2015/16, Keith Tulloch
Australia / New South Wales
Andy's Tasting Notes
Very limited production. “Produced from our elite dry-farmed vineyard named Field of Mars on Hermitage Road in Pokolbin, planted in 1968. Block 2A Semillon grows in a unique pocket of sand, pale-honey-brown in colour flecked with white producing remarkable fruit purity with bright zest. This special fruit is carefully hand-harvested and meticulously crafted to produce its ultimate terroir expression.” Keith Tulloch
A special single vineyard plot (2A) producing a piercing and concentrated citrus and herb tinged white with a delightful contrast of power and subtle elegant minerality.
Just starting to drink well now but will reveal hidden depths with further bottle age. Drink till 2029.
Keith Tulloch wines are an exceptional family owned business based in the Hunter Valley. Meticulous attention to vineyard and winemaking produces some of the most refined and critically acclaimed Semillons in the Hunter Valley.
Price per bottle £24.00 £19.00
Keith Tulloch is certified carbon neutral by the Australian Government under the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS). This means that the winery, vineyard and offices are certified carbon neutral as well as its wines (including glassware, boxes, shipping, bottling). Every emission created by the vineyard and the winemaking process has been reduced where possible; and where emissions are unavoidable the pollutants have been offset through carbon abatement so that the business and its products have zero net greenhouse gas emissions. Keith Tulloch is also a member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia (previously known as Entwine) which requires wineries to report and reduce waste whilst promoting sustainable practices. A 65kw solar array has been installed, providing the vast majority of the estate’s power needs.
In the vineyard Keith Tulloch engages in regenerative agriculture, minimising the use of chemical sprays and actively promoting soil health, life and biodiversity. It has started a program of revitalising native vegetation around the vineyard, which creates habitat for native insects, birds and animals which benefit the vineyard ecosystem. The business has eliminated single-use plastics and has instead moved onto biodegradable alternatives to prevent plastic waste. All Keith Tulloch wines have moved from heavy glass to lightweight eco glass, which considerably reduces greenhouse gas emissions from glass production and transport. The winery has enacted an array of water efficiency measures to eliminate water waste and to recycle waste water for use in the parks and gardens. The vineyard is now composted and fertilised only by organic fertiliser, re-using a product that would otherwise go to waste and reducing soil degradation and emissions from synthetic fertilisers.
Food matchVegetable antipasto / prawns