2016 Tahbilk Cane Cut Marsanne

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The Brief
Net Volume
Cellar to
Sweet Very Dry
Wine Scale 2
Why's this wine for you?
Established in 1860, and purchased by thePurbrick family in 1925, Tahbilk is located inthe premium central Victorian viticultural regionof Nagambie Lakes.One of the world’s rarest grape varieties, withits origins in the Northern Rhone and Hermitageregions of France, Tahbilk’s history withMarsanne can be traced back to the 1860’swhen White Hermitage cuttings were sourcedfrom ‘St Huberts’ Vineyard in Victoria’s YarraValley. The grape in fact was Marsanne andalthough none of these original plantings havesurvived, the Estate still has the world’s largestsingle holding of the varietal and producesMarsanne from vines established in 1927,which are amongst the oldest in the world.Cutting the canes and allowing the fruit to hangprior to harvest concentrates the flavours andsugars, producing a luscious wine when made.
How's it taste?
“This 2016 vintage 'Cane Cut' Marsanne hasthe opulent and honeyed lusciousness thathas so charmed with earlier releases. Richcitrus marmalade and honeysuckle charactersalong with a bright, cleansing minerality anda long, stylish finish complete this wine.Enjoy Now to 2024/2026"
How was it made?
Vintage 2016 started dry with only two thirds of
the average rainfall for winter recorded, followed
by half the usual for September and budburst and
then none measurable at all in October. The
vineyard managers were watering two weeks
before budburst and through to January when a
massive thunderstorm dumped 86 mm of rain in
just two hours with some parts of the Old Tahbilk
vineyards also hit by hail storm damage.
Fortunately cool windy days followed with no
mould or other diseases evident.
The harvest itself was 'compressed' with many of
the red blocks going through veraison at the same
time as the whites, leading to the same amount of
grapes being taken in but in a shorter period of
time. Despite the early and quick vintage, the
flavours were good with crisp and delicate whites
and most reds picked at optimum ripeness
showing juicy and bright fruit. Overall a good to
very good vintage in terms of quality and quantity.
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