For over thirty years James Halliday has been Australia’s most respected wine critic and his Halliday Wine Companion is recognised as the industry benchmark for Australian wine. We are proud to announce for his just published 2020 edition Tahbilk are yet again a Five Red Star rated Winery, one of only 101 to receive his top ranking.
“Outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. Will have at least two wines rated 95 Points or above. And has had a 5-star rating for the previous two years. A Winery generally acknowledged to have had a long track record of excellence in the context of its region – truly the best of the best.”
Overall Tahbilk achieved outstanding results for Shiraz, Marsanne and Cabernet Sauvignon reviewed by David Bicknell of Halliday Wine Companion.
2015 Tahbilk ‘1860 Vines’ Shiraz | 95 points | “There’s so much about this wine that speaks of Tahbilk and central Victorian Shiraz in general. It’s not a shouty, flash, everything-turned-up, wine. It’s more considered and conversational. A sheen of glossy ripe black fruit nuanced with eucalyptus plus cedar from winemaking inputs. Al dente tannins that present differently to all other wines they produce. And all within the sensible medium-bodied structure that is common to all their wines.” David Bicknell | Halliday Wine Companion 2020
2013 Tahbilk ‘1927 Vines’ Marsanne | 92 points | “Bright, straw and less ebullient than the Museum Release Marsanne [2013 Marsanne – see overleaf]. The toast from bottle age is just starting to take hold of the wine, waxy lemons and pear fruit still in abundance: but this is more delicate and elegant, the lower alcohol giving a more water-based rather than vinous sensation, the acidity like a squirt of fresh lemon juice. There are still years in this wine and with that, greater improvement.”
2015 Tahbilk ‘Eric Stevens Purbrick’ Cabernet Sauvignon | 92 points | “Mature garnet with a bright red hue. Fresh fruit diminishing with bottle age to ripe, poached black fruit, parade gloss, toast and cedar. The oak sitting high on the fruit, the tannins, silty and earthy, leaving a distinct savoury aftertaste.”
2015 Tahbilk ‘Eric Stevens Purbrick’ Shiraz | 94 points | “Pretty much my mind’s eye for Central Victoria. A layer of glossy black and blue fruit laced with eucalyptus and hints of brown spice. And while there is substantially more extract and tannins in play here, there’s still smooth flow actross the palate, making a good bet each way. Now or the cellar, it should reward.”
2016 Tahbilk ‘Old Vines’ Cabernet Shiraz | 93 points | “A big, dark and brooding looking traditional blend. Layers of glossy ripe black fruit, cedar, earth, spice and wood smoke. The palate surprisingly more medium-bodied with fresh blackberry and redcurrant freshness running the length, chalky tannins in tow. Good now but will keep.”
And there is more……
2017 Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon | 93 points | “Elegant, fresh and linear. Purple red in colour of medium depth. It’s all fresh, blackcurrant and blackberry, pie-like vanilla crust with a sprinkle of vanilla. The cooler season bringing more precise and higher contrast fruit with slightly chalky tannins. The framework more refined, the result better.”
2016 Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon | 91 points | “From 28ha of Estate vines dating back to ’49, matured for 18 months in predominately French oak. In typical Tahbilk fashion, medium-bodied and well structured, has blackcurrant fruit, bramble, earth and bay leaf inputs at various points along the journey. Taken together, the fruit swells in the mouth, asserting the great value this wine offers.”
2017 Tahbilk Shiraz | 93 points | “Dark red with garnet hues. This is fresh and lively with blackcurrant and plum to the fore, spice from oak maturation later, and in complete balance. Tannins are ripe and fruit based too, infusing a nice cherry pip character to the medium-bodied flow of the wines. Drink now or hold for medium term.”
2016 Tahbilk Shiraz | 94 points | “Dark red with garnet hues. This is fresh and lively with blackcurrant and plum to the fore, spice from oak maturation later, and in complete balance. Tannins are ripe and fruit based too, infusing a nice cherry pip character to the medium-bodied flow of the wines. Drink now or hold for medium term.
2018 Tahbilk Marsanne | 94 points | “Tahbilk knows Marsanne like the back of its hand, having long established the varietal-site bond. This is akin to a 1yo Semillon but with a greater span of aromas and flavours. Honeysuckle and straw on the bouquet, then pear and Granny Smith apple flavours bound by citrusy acidity.”
2013 Tahbilk Marsanne | 95 points | “Full starw and mature looking. Strong, toasty bottle-aged notes. Waxy lemons, ripe pear and melon skins. Elegant., soft and almost pillowy to taste with hints of grapefruit pith and a clean lemon-citrus line of acidity giving both line and length. Excellent mature white wine that is ready to drink now.”
Find all of these wines at tahbilk.com.au