Enjoy Now to 2028/2030
The band of Tahbilk Cabernet Franc devotees has continued to grow over the twenty-four vintages since its inaugural release.
Medium-bodied but deeply flavoured this latest 2021 iteration will further cement its appeal to those in the know and add those who will uncover for the first time the spice, violets and tobacco aromas and rich palate of mulberry and raspberry fruits that have become the signature characters along the Tahbilk Cabernet Franc journey.
Enjoy with barbecued meats and tomato based pastas.
La Nina had a major influence on the 2020/21 growing season.
Tahbilk experienced good rainfall post 2020 vintage, and regular rainfall through the year. Notwithstanding the challenges this presented for the vineyard team, who worked diligently to get their sprays on as required, the frequent rain days ensured the vineyards looked healthy and vibrant, with no disease or growth issues.
The effects of La Nina contributed to a cool to warm, but not hot summer, which meant a slow and steady ripening. By mid-March we’d picked all of the whites with all very promising – Marsanne in particular.
We’d also picked some reds by mid-March, mostly for Rosé, however daily light showers that followed had us all nervously waiting for the rain to stop so we could start picking the reds in earnest.
The rain did stop and, after a lull in ripening, the reds jumped in sugar and the Winery staff were flat out keeping up with the picking.
For a vintage that looked touch and go quite a few times, 2021 will be rated a very good, to potentially stellar, vintage.