A little bit about Francois Coueslant ...
Francois was winemaker and manager at Tahbilk from 1877 to 1886, described in the 'Australasian' at the time as a "practical vigneron from France, but a gentleman of progressive ideas, ever ready to adopt new and improved methods of working."
It was his adoption of "progressive" ideas that led to what has been described as Tahbilk's early 'Golden Age'. He is credited with adding "Chateau" to Tahbilk ; a moniker that held until the year 2000, was responsible for the construction of our iconic Tower and led the fight against the vine louse phylloxera when it appeared on the Estate in 1870 - accountable at the time for decimating, amongst others, the vineyards of France and colonial Victoria.
It seemed entirely appropriate then that we recognise what has been an enduring influence at Tahbilk with his naming of our premium sparkling releases.
Enjoy Now and to 2027/2029
Drawing on its Estate sourcing this is quintessentially Tahbilk Shiraz albeit in a sparkling form.
Layers of dense dark berry fruits and traditional hints of leather and earth are further complexed by time on yeast lees.
Rich and concentrated with a fine textural bead .... a delcious sparkling for the here and now and out to 2027/2029.