2018 Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon
The Collective Review
Established in 1860, Tahbilk is located in the premium central Victorian viticultural region of Nagambie Lakes. Purchased by Reginald Purbrick in 1925, five generations of the Purbrick family have been actively involved with the Estate bringing a tradition of pride, hard work and a love of good wine to their unique heritage of being the oldest family owned winery and vineyard in Victoria. Tahbilk has some 28 hectares of Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, the oldest vines dating back to 1949. Crafted with a commitment to traditional wine making values, fermentation takes place in original open vats over 155 years old, with maturation then in similarly aged large French oak prior to bottling. Smaller predominantly French oak barrels are also used, with the wine from these blended back during the final filtering and bottling. Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon releases have shown consistently over time considerable richness and character and are considered by many experts to be the best Estate red for long-term cellarage.
- Producer: Tahbilk
- Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
- Region: Nagambie Lakes
- Alcohol: 14.0%
- Net volume: 750ml
- Vintage: 2018
- Cellar until 2040
Style GuideLight Intense
“Well-structured with deep and robust aromas and flavours, this 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is showing persistent black fruit characters charmed by spicy herbs, black olive and bay leaf touches framed by a sturdy tannic grip. An extremely satisfying drink now and out to 2038/2040.”
The 2018 growing season was dry and warm and
perfect for growing premium wine grapes.
The winter of 2017 started with a very dry June and
below average rains in July and August.
Spring continued the theme with less than half the
average long term rainfall, and finished with an
unseasonably warm November. The vines loved the
favourable weather, growing large, healthy canopies
and setting good bunch numbers – ideal for
Vineyard operations focused on trimming to
maintain a balanced canopy, and irrigation to
ensurethe vines had adequate water and nutrients.
Vintage started early February and progressed very
smoothly and although it remained warm, cooler
nights kept a lid on sugar accumulation so that
ripening progression was close to perfect.
2018 promises to be a very good year, the whites
have clear varietal definition and crisp fruit flavours,
and the reds are bright and varietal, with
concentration and depth.
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