2010 sees Tahbilk celebrating their 150th anniversary. Established in 1860 and owned by the Purbrick family since 1925, Tahbilk remains one of Victoria's oldest family owned wineries. As recognition of five generations of Purbrick family involvement at Tahbilk and in preparation for this landmark year, Tahbilk chose the very best fruit from its 1927 Marsanne, 1933 Shiraz and 1949 Cabernet vines, made a small range of super premium wines that are perfect expressions of Tahbilk terroir and style. After a decade maturing in their historic cellars, the year of celebration is here and Tahbilk is proud to release its special release range of 150th Anniversary wines.
- VIC - Other Victorian
"The 2005 '1860 Vines' Shiraz is just magic. Deep garnet in colour, it displays intense aromas of blackberry, smoky bacon, earth, cumin and allspice with a touch of roasted nut. The medium to full-bodied palate is seriously savoury with iron-ore, game and truffle nuances countered by crisp acid and a medium-high level of very finely grained tannins. The finish is long and complex.Rating 95 -Lisa Perotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate#189 (JUN/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
Tahbilk's '1860 Vines' Shiraz is produced from a 1/2 hectare un-grafted, pre-phylloxera original Estate planting - amongst the oldest Shiraz vines in the world.
After careful handpicking, fermentation takes place in century old oak vats followed by maturation in French oak for 18 months prior to bottling and then a further 4 years "bottle-aging" before release. Appropriately an original Tahbilk label dating back to the 1870's has been tailored for this rare and unique wine.
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.
Tahbilk '1860 Vines' Shiraz are listed as "Excellent" in Australian wine auctioneers - Langtons Australian Fine Wine Guide - the noted reference to Australia's secondary wine market - being a "high performing wine of exquisite quality".
Also, in 2002 U.S. Wine & Spirits Magazine nominated the Tahbilk '1860 Vines' plantings as one of the 25 Great Vineyards of the World along with the likes of Hermitage La Chapelle, Chateau LaFite-Rothschild, Chateau Yquem, Vega Sicilia and Krug. The vineyards selected were those where the terroir - the French term that roughly translates to the total environment of a place, including soil, climate, aspect, vine and even history - "is most clearly perceptible in the wine". Based on their own tastings, along with recommendations from world-wide industry experts, Wine & Spirits noted that "for all their flavour and richness . . . there is nothing blunt about them (1860 Vines Shiraz) . . . they share a transparency that lets the soil show through".
The same publication also listed '1860 Vines' Shiraz as one of the "Best Wines of the Year" in its 2005 annual international "Buying Guide".