Tahbilk follows traditional wine-making techniques to create the Shiraz, fermenting in open oak vats, followed by a period of maturation in large 100 year old French Oak barrels prior to bottling.
The Shiraz is sourced from nearly 30 hectares of vines planted at various times from the 1930s until the early 2000s. Creating releases which are noted as being fruit-driven wines of much flavour and substance, proven over the years to develop added character when cellared.
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 “Outstanding” in Australian wine auctioneers – Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine V – the noted reference to Australia’s secondary (auction) wine market – being a “high performing wine of exquisite quality”.
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 ‘is most clearly perceptible in the wine’.
The same publication also listed the 1860 Vines Shiraz as one of the ‘Best Wines of the Year’ in its 2005 Annual International Buying Guide.
You cannot have a release from vines that are now 157 years old as is the case with our ‘1860 Vines’, and not be of the belief that what you are able to put into the bottle is not indeed liquid history.
“It’s probably more around its authenticity and the rarity. It’s not always our highest pointed wine, it’s very much dependent on the year. The importance of it is more around what it represents.” Alister Purbrick ~ Old Vine Take A Look At My Life – WBM Australia’s Wine Business Magazine
You can expect a shy bouquet with subtle spices and earth, quite savoury. The palate has finesse and a seamless fruit/tannin harmony and flow. Elegance and balance in a glass.