Established in 1860 and purchased by the Purbrickfamily in 1925, Tahbilk is located in the premiumcentral Victorian region of Nagambie Lakes.The quintessentially Australian blending of CabernetSauvignon and Shiraz saw initial releases at Tahbilkfrom the 1957 and 1958 vintages under EricPurbrick’s tutelage, believed to be the first such‘Estate Grown’ blends in Australia. It was not until14 years later that Eric’s son John resurrected theblend that saw four vintages released in the 1970sand a further two in the 1980s.The Estate is blessed with significant older vineyardblocks with, among others, Shiraz dating back to1860 and 1933, and Cabernet Sauvignon to 1949.It is selected of these aged vine plantings that arethe primary source for the ‘OId Vines’ CabernetShiraz when, from the 2010 vintage, the blendreturned and is now a permanent fixture of Tahbilk’spremium Reds portfolio. With a contributing averagevine age of over 35 years they set a new standardfor such releases from the Estate.
How's it taste?
“The winemaking team have blended 62% CabernetSauvignon and 38% Shiraz from the Estate’sextensive old vine plantings to deliver a generousand expressive wine.With the underlying elegance that epitomisesTahbilk reds of this vintage; hints of bay leaf, mintand pepper weave seamlessly around dark berry,spice and plum fruits with herbal and cedar notesfrom time spent in a mix of French and Americanoak adding to its overall complexity.Savoury tannins on the finish will support additionalcellaring to 2025/2030.”
How was it made?
VINTAGE 2016 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.