The rich ferric-oxide/sandy loam soils and temperate climate of the Estate are well suited to a broad diversity of plantings but amongst those plantings are varietals and wines that have come to be recognized as truly Tahbilk.
The Whites are lead by the rare and quintessentially Tahbilk, Marsanne – including the ‘1927 Vines’ releases from some of the oldest plantings of the varietal in the world – along with its Rhone 'sister', the wonderfully enchanting and difficult to grow Viognier.
The Reds are Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon – what else!
Tahbilk's vineyard plantings of original pre-phylloxera Shiraz from 1860, with an eponymous wine produced from them since 1979, are the essence of Estate terrior – the French term that roughly translates to the total environment of a place, including soil, climate, aspect, vine and even history.
Then there are of course other 'old vine' plantings including Shiraz from 1933, 1936 and 1937 and Cabernet Sauvignon back to 1949 – providing the prime source for the two ‘Eric Stevens Purbrick’ red releases.
Whether it be ‘1860 Vines’, ‘Eric Stevens Purbrick’ or the (far from) standard Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, there is a history and character with both varietals that goes back generations.