Established in 1860 Tahbilk is one of Australia’s most beautiful & historic wineries, located in the Nagambie Lakes region of Central Victoria and one of the nation’s premium viticultural areas. The vineyard comprises 200 hectares of vines including whites of Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne; the reds – Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre as well as the traditional varieties. Tahbilk is further blessed with an abundance of “old vine” plantings including Shiraz from 1860, Cabernet Sauvignon back to 1949 and Marsanne from 1927. Tahbilk is the first Australian winery to be carboNZero certified at both an organisation and product level and one of only eight wineries in the world.
Tahbilk Marsanne is the standard, the benchmark by which I judge all others. It is resolute and timeless in style, a classic. The 2019 vintage is strong, a brighter presence in the glass than the 2018, with a delicacy that sometimes reminds me of Riesling. Signature honeysuckle, jasmine aromas – aromatic and lifted – with lemon blossom. The palate is generous with grapefruit pith, fruit peel, lemon and an almond mealy-ness. The grape is not naturally blessed with high acidity and so it’s picked early (alcohol is 12%) and it is that early-picked lemony acidity that is going to hold this wine on its journey. Did I mention that Marsanne also ages a treat? Drink: 2020-2028; Rated: 95 Points; Jeni Port
The Nagambie Lakes shared the great vintage for whites, and Tahbilk didn't miss out here, oozing with honeysuckle, lime and custard apple, the signature of acidity neatly tying the parcel up for now or in a decade or two. It's a dead set gold medal. Drink to: 2031; Price: $20.00; Date Tasted: November 2021; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star & Top 100 Wines of the Year 2021; James Halliday; The Weekend Australian & Wine Companion
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