Tahbilk Shiraz 2015
“The colour isn’t particularly deep, but the hue is bright. The wine, too, is fresher and more lively than those of yore. The flavours span blackberry, plum and cherry, the tannins ripe and balanced in a medium-bodied palate. Large oak vats and smaller French and American barrels were used in maturation.”
94 Points - James Halliday’s Best Value Wines ~ www.winecompanion.com.au
Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are crafted with a commitment to traditional wine making values.
Fermentation takes place in original open vats over 155 years old, with maturation then in similarly aged large French oak prior to bottling. Smaller French and American oak barrels are also used, with the wine from these blended back during the final filtering and bottling.
The resultant releases are noted as being fruit-driven wines of much flavour and substance, proven over the years to develop added character when cellared.
SOLD OUT - Tahbilk Estate Shiraz 2016 vintage is now available here.
Purchased by Reginald Purbrick in 1925, five generations of the Purbrick family have been actively involved with the Estate bringing a tradition of pride, hard work and a love of good wine to their unique heritage of being the oldest family owned winery and vineyard in Victoria.
Tahbilk Shiraz is sourced from nearly 30 hectares of vines planted at various times from the 1930s through the early 2000s.
Made using traditional Tahbilk techniques; fermentation takes place in 150 year plus open vats, before maturation in French and American oak for 18 months prior to bottling.
The resultant releases are noted as being fruitdriven wines of much flavour and substance, proven over the years to develop added character when cellared.
Our 2015 offering fits that mould, defined as it is by varietally expressive spice, anise and black pepper characters with rich blackberry, plum and mulberry fruits. Supple and savoury, there are evident dry, black tea tannins to support extended time in the bottle under the right conditions.
Similarly to vintage 2013, winter started well – good rain followed the autumn break, with rainfall back to average levels.
Spring rainfalls started well but tapered off with vineyard managers irrigating at budburst and onwards.
The season looked particularly promising until a late severe frost in mid-October hit delicate young growth in many of our low-lying plains vineyards away from the water and native tree cover of the Tahbilk billabongs.
Spring was followed by another very hot, dry summer that resulted in an early start to the harvest with the last of the reds off by the end of March.
Despite the hot, dry summer the whites have delicacy, crispness and definite varietal character.
The reds show bright primary fruit, with good depth and concentration and distinct individual vineyard characters. Winery Notes