BY JOHN LEWIS, NEWCASTLE HERALD
THE CCL Hunter Valley Wine Show is usually held in August, but COVID-19 put it off until it came back last week with extraordinary performances by the De Iuliis brand.
With the reigning chief judge Sarah Crowe stranded in Victoria by the lockdown, leading Hunter-based winemaker and current Sydney Wine Show chair of judges PJ Charteris stepped into the Hunter chair role and declared the show a great showcase of wines of character, definition and purity.
With six trophies, the De Iuliis family wine company matched First Creek’s sterling performance with the De Iuliis 2019 Limited Release Shiraz claiming the Doug Seabrook Trophy for best red wine of the show, the Hector Tulloch Trophy for best shiraz and the Elliott Family Trophy for best two-year-old shiraz.
The 2019 Limited Release Shiraz won’t be released for 12 months but happily available now at $40 at the Broke Road, Pokolbin, cellar door and dewine.com.au is the double-trophy De Iuliis 2019 LDR Vineyard Shiraz-Touriga Nacional.
The blend of shiraz and the Portuguese-origin touriga nacional grape variety won the best other red varieties trophy and the Drayton Family Trophy for best single vineyard red wine.
Also online and at cellar door is the $25 De Iuliis 2021 Semillon, a gold winner in the 2021 semillon class.