Tahbilk is owned by the Purbrick family and has a very colorful history that started in 1925 when savvy business man Reginald bought the property sight unseen planning to uproot the vines and sub-divide into dairy farms. His plans changed when he was convinced by his son in rehabilitating the winery instead. And as they say, the rest is history!
The winery is located in the Nagambie Lakes region of Central Victoria.
The Purbrick’s have five generations of family ownership and are the oldest family owned winery in the State of Victoria.
TAHBILK MUSEUM RELEASE MARSANNE 2008, NAGAMBIE LAKES, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
LCBO PRICE $26,95
Marsanne is one of the world's rarest grape varieties originating in the Northern Rhone & Hermitage regions of France and it is grown in only 3 other countries, Australia, America & Switzerland. Tahbilk holds the largest and oldest single holding of the variety in the world. The Estate still produces Marsanne from plantings dating back to 1927.
In the glass, it is a golden yellow color.
The nose is intense with aromas of apricots, ripe pineapple, honey, lime zest and a little marshmallows.
The palate is rich and sumptuous. It is dry with loads of exotic fruit marmalade and a little almond paste. Soft acidity which gives it a high “guzzle” factor!
To have on its own or with salty parmesan crostini or with a spicy vegetarian chow-mein!
TAHBILK '1860 VINES' SHIRAZ 2009, NAGAMBIE LAKES, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
LCBO PRICE $250
Tahbilk's '1860 Vines' Shiraz is produced from a 1/2 hectare un-grafted, pre-phylloxera (a root louse that sucks sap from grapevines, reducing their productivity and eventually killing them. This pest’s infamous claim to fame is the devastation of European vineyards in the late 1800’s) original Estate planting - amongst the oldest Shiraz vines in the world.
Since its inaugural release in 1979 this piece of liquid history has become one of the most sought after and collectable wines throughout the world.
In the glass, it is a light ruby red with a multitude of legs.
The nose is intensely complex with aromas of forest flor, spice, ripe blackberries, dried rosemary, toasted oak and cacao powder.
The palate is elegant, refined and superbly complex. Dry with ripe dark berry, plum, dark chocolate, a little tobacco and some savory notes. Velvety tannins meet refreshing acidity in one of the best Shiraz I have ever tasted!