Tahbilk

Established in 1860 Tahbilk is one of Australia's most beautiful & historic wineries. Located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (120kms north of Melbourne), one of the nation's premium viticultural areas, the property comprises some 1,214 hectares of rich river flats with a frontage of 11 kms to the Goulburn River and 8 kms of permanent backwaters & creeks. Now in the hands of the fifth generation of the Purbrick family, the winery owns some of the oldest ungrafted, pre-phylloxera Shiraz vines in the world, as well as boasting the largest single acreage of Marsanne.Tahbilk's portfolio includes the landmark Shiraz produced from their surviving 1860 vines, and a 1927 Marsanne produced from vines planted in that same year; both of these vines are some of the oldest plantings in the world. The other varietal produced is their multi award-winning Viognier, which has been nominated as one of the 'benchmark Australian Viognier' releases.Tahbilk is further blessed with an abundance of further "old vine" plantings including Shiraz from 1933 (the prime source for Tahbilk's 'Eric Stevens Purbrick' Shiraz releases), Cabernet Sauvignon back to 1949 and Marsanne from 1927 (a "sister" white release to the 1860 Vines Shiraz produced from them). The estate label Shiraz and Cabernet wines are made using traditional winemaking methods including maturation in large 100 year old French oak barrels. The 'Special Bin' ESP Shiraz and Cabernet Reserve releases are produced from a selection of the very best vats of the vintage, so-called ESP after the legendary Eric Stevens Purbrick, owner, winemaker and creative visionary at the estate who presided over 40 vintages from 1931 to 1978.The Tahbilk approach to red winemaking is considered very traditional and produces wines with emphasis on fruit flavour (as distinct from oak flavour) with the proven potential to improve and develop added complexity if patiently cellared. Maturation time is approximately 18 months (the temperature stays a constant 15-16?C all year round - perfect for maturing red wine) and on completion the wine is filtered and bottled then cellared for a further 12-18 months prior to labelling and distribution. Tahbilk 'Eric Stevens Purbrick' Reds and '1860 Vines' Shiraz will be have up to 4 years cellaring prior to release.
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