Wines of exceptional quality
Tahbilk has a long history of producing fine wines with the help of rich ferric-oxide/sandy loam soils and temperate climate. With over 150 years of winemaking experience you are sure to find some absolute gems in the Tahbilk repertoire. 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.
Throughout its career, Tahbilk has obtained over 1000 awards for wines produced on the Estate at all the world's principal exhibitions.
These awards include the Diploma of Honour, the highest award obtainable at the Greater London Exhibition of 1899. Also First Order of Merit and Medals in London, Philadelphia, Paris, Bordeaux, Calcutta, Brussels, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Adelaide and Dunedin.
Over 60 firsts have been obtained at the Royal Shows of Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane, and since the introduction of the medal awards in 1965 and until the end of 2013, Tahbilk wines have been awarded 54 Trophies, 247 Gold, 559 Silver, 1900 Bronze, 7 Very Highly Commended, 11 Highly Commended and 45 Commended medals.
Alister Purbrick (4th Generation)
Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon
We follow traditional winemaking techniques to create the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, 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.
The Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from 28 hectares of Estate plantings, the oldest dating back to 1949. The wine Tahbilk produces from these plantings have consistently shown richness and character over time. The Cabernet Sauvignon considered by many experts to be the best Estate red for long-term cellarage.
TAHBILK 1860 VINES SHIRAZ
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...read more
ERIC STEVENS PURBRICK RANGE
The Cambridge educated Eric Stevens Purbrick first set foot on Tahbilk in 1925 and was winemaker for more than 40 vintages between 1931 and 1978. He passed the winemaking mantle to his grandson, Alister Purbrick, after the 1978 vintage but remained a strong influence in the direction of Tahbilk until his passing in 1991.
He was one of the early pioneers of varietal labelling in Australia but perhaps his greatest contribution to Tahbilk was...read more
'OLD VINES' CABERNET SHIRAZ
The quintessentially Australian blending of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz saw initial releases at Tahbilk from the 1957 and 1958 vintages under Eric Purbrick’s tutelage, believed to be the first such ‘Estate Grown’ blends in Australia. It was not until 14 years later that.....read more
One of the world's rarest grape varieties originating in the Northern Rhone & Hermitage regions of France it is grown in only 3 other countries, Australia, America & Switzerland. Tahbilk holds the largest and oldest single holding of the variety in the world.
Tahbilk's history with Marsanne is traced back to the 1860's with the sourcing of 'White Hermitage' cuttings from the 'St Hubert’s' Vineyard in Victoria's Yarra Valley. The grape was Marsanne and although none of these plantings have survived, the Estate still produces Marsanne from plantings dating back to 1927.
Tahbilk Marsanne has a dedicated worldwide following due to its....read more
TAHBILK 1927 VINES MARSANNE
Produced from the Estate’s single 1927 Marsanne plantings Tahbilk's first dedicated release was from the 1998 Vintage. Until 1998 the fruit from these vines formed part of the whole of Estate Marsanne blend.
A decision in 1998 to harvest the 1927 plantings separately and to pick them early to retain their higher natural acidity was brought about with a view to produce a wine that would only....read more