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4/02/2015

The hunt is on for old Tulloch wines

Hunter Valley’s Tulloch Wines have been on the hunt for old varieties of their own drop as they plan an event to mark their 120th birthday.

As part of the celebrations, Tulloch intend to location some of the first vintages of wines produced by the family.

Christina Tulloch, chief executive officer and fourth generation of the Tulloch family, said she hoped the promotion would unearth some Tulloch varieties that predate the 1952 Private Bin.

“We currently have a good collection of Tulloch Private Bin Pokolbin Dry Red Shiraz wines which my Dad has been cellaring in anticipation of a special event. The oldest bottle he has is from the first vintage of this label from 1952 and the tasting will be a retrospective of this famous wine spanning the last 62 years,” Christina said.

The winery often has people contacting them to see if they can put a value on old bottles they have found in cellars, according to Christina.

Jay Tulloch, managing director, told the Weekly Times in 1982 he had been able to locate every dry red the winery had produced since 1952, as well as red from the 1931 and 1947 vintages.

“What makes our task so difficult is that my grandfather didn’t sell his wine under the Tulloch label.  Most of it was sold in bulk and bottled under other merchants labels. However we believe some early Tulloch Wines were purchased direct from the winery. We hope that some of these early bottlings might have been tagged with vineyard-of-origin labels,” Jay said.

Christina said the winery was interested in all old Tulloch wines, and were particularly keen on tracking down some unusual and special release labels.

“It would be great to see as many of these as possible,” Christina said. “Wines from the 70’s and earlier are of particular interest."

Christina said the winery would be willing to offer payments for the bottles or swap for current vintages, depending on its nature and condition.

“Of course donations of old (full or empty) bottles are also welcome, but bottles that have not been opened are what we are really looking for. The oldest unopened bottle that we find, will also win two tickets to one of the events we will be holding to celebrate our 120th anniversary,” Christina said.

The promotion is open from now to the end of April 2015.  Christina Tulloch asked anyone who has a bottle of interest is asked to contact here via email and if possible include a picture of the bottle, clearly showing the label and vintage and the contents of the bottle to: ">c

Tulloch Wines has Vintages of Private Bin Pokolbin Dry Red Shiraz (but welcome more of): 1952, 1954, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967 & 1968.

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