Bulman Type Gigondas - Rhone Valley
Bottle size: 750 ml
"Sometimes when I’m drinking a wine I pick up my phone and send myself a text. When I picked up my phone the morning after an evening with this wine I had a text waiting with the words: tannin like twine. It’s the wine of Mark Bulman, whose day-job is winemaker at Turkey Flat. Bulman Type is an individual project, born of his deep love of grenache. The day the Jimmy Watson Trophy was awarded to Turkey Flat Grenache was one of those rare-but-important days when the wine industry both got it right, and did itself a favour. This Gigondas is the type of wine Mark Bulman loves. I met with Mark Bulman last week and a more sincere person you never would meet. He was the negociant for this wine and he has negotiated – via the cape – a pearler of a first release.
This is a wine with fruit like silk. It’s all so seamless that picking out individual flavours is difficult, though clearly there are notes of roses, bunches of herbs, asphalt and smoked meats. But enough of that nonsense, let’s get back to the real point of this wine, and that is the frame on which it is built. The thing about all the best buildings and houses is that you never need to be told that an architect was involved. So too with wine; all the best wines have exquisite bone structure. This is one such wine. Tannin screws through the wine like a bee sting. It’s a wine of both character and charm, not to mention beauty."
Alcohol : 15% Closure : Cork Drink : 2020 - 2030 Campbell Mattinson 95 Points
Tried this with Mark in the store. Lovely stuff. Shows more energy and vibrancy than your average Gigondas [even at 15% Alc] which as an appellation can occasionally see some overripe baked or stewed fruit and heat. Afterall the Southern Rhone is a sunny place! But we like the way Mark has managed to tame this wild place subduing any overt jamminess and delivering a Gigondas of savoury elegance, detail, satiny texture, excellent tannin structure, but most importantly beautiful focused fruit. The higher elevation Grenache vineyards in Gigondas that Mark was able to secure fruit from for this wine has no doubt added to its appeal. Lovely debut!
Bulman Type was created from an opportunity to blend my own version of a Gigondas, an opportunity that I’m truly thankful for. Thank you to all involved for your support thus far.
The logo for Bulman Type takes its shape from my surname, Bulman, the bull is missing a horn as Bulman is missing an ‘L’ due to an illiterate farmer, from whom I’m a descendant, in the 17th century.
‘Type’ is a reference to wines of Australian history that took their names from the regions/styles they were trying to replicate, ‘Burgundy Type’, ‘Claret Type’. An Australian winemaker blending their own version from Gigondas seemed like the perfect application of ‘Type’.
Gigondas, is both a town and an appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) within Southern France. The town itself, is truly beautiful, nestled into the unique local geographical feature, the Dentelles de Montmirail, mountains formed from the folding of Jurassic limestone by volcanic activity 250 million years ago.
Set in the shadow of the cooling Mont Ventoux, these mountains are what make Gigondas truly unique, giving the vineyards altitude and soils different to that of the remainder of the Rhone Valley.
The daytime warmth of the Mediterranean, the night time cooling from altitude and nearby Mont Ventoux, as well as the skeletal and differentiating soils provided by the Dentelles de Montmirail, combine to create an environment ideal for growing Grenache suited to making fine wine.
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