Tahbilk Old Vines Nagambie Lakes Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2017

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Tahbilk Old Vines Nagambie Lakes Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2017

Country - Australia

Region - Victoria

Grape Varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon 62%, Shiraz 37%, Other Varieties 1%

Alcohol by volume - 14%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Tahbilk

Tasting notes - The old vines deliver a generous and expressive wine, with underlying elegance. Hints of bay leaf, mint and pepper weave seamlessly around dark berry, spice and plum fruits with herbal and cedar oak derived complexity. Perfect with roast beef. 

Awards
90 pts, IWC, 2021

Tahbilk Old Vines Nagambie Lakes Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2017

A generous, expressive yet elegant blend with bay leaf, mint and pepper notes surrounding dark berry, spice and
plum fruit flavours.
Producer Note
Established in 1860, Tahbilk is an historic family-owned winery, renowned for their rare
aged Marsanne. The estate has the world’s largest single holding of the varietal and
produces Marsanne from vines established in 1927, which are among the oldest in the
world. Tahbilk is known as ‘tabilk tabilk’ in the language of the Daungwurrung clans,
which translates as the ‘place of many waterholes’. It perfectly describes this premium
viticultural landscape, which is located in the Nagambie Lakes region of Central
Victoria. The estate comprises 1,214 hectares, including a seven mile frontage to the
Goulburn River. Environmental sustainability is paramount at Tahbilk and in 2013 they
became carbon neutral. In 2016, Tahbilk was awarded 'Winery of the Year' by James
Halliday.
Vintage
After many years of dry winters, average to above-average rains fell during the 2016
winter and spring. The vines responded, growing vivid green canopies and setting
good crop levels. A temperamental spring saw up and down temperatures and
warmish rainy days, requiring diligent vineyard monitoring and management, which
kept the vineyard disease free. Summer seemed transient, but ripening continued at a
steady pace though to a late harvest. Wines show distinct varietal flavours with bright
fruit and elegant, fine structures.
Vineyard
Tahbilk’s vineyards are grouped along the banks of the Goulburn River and an
anabranch of it which flows through the estate. The vines are grown at approximately
134 metres elevation of gently undulating and flat terrain. The soils are sandy loam with
ferric oxide content, which vary from very fine sand near the anabranch to denser
loams on the plains. The estate has Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards dating from the
1940’s to the 1990’s, The oldest of the blocks is the 1949 'Old' Cabernet, planted on
very fine red sandy soils. The blocks planted prior to 1996 are on unknown rootstocks,
and are in very good health. They are trained on a single wire trellis with a mixture of
head and cordon training; all are cane pruned. Tahbilk's vines are sustainably
cultivated; composting and mulching takes place which improves soil health by
promoting earthworm activity. Mulching helps to control weeds and conserves water,
reducing vine stress. The old vines are hand-picked while younger vines are machine
harvested.
Winemaking
The grapes were picked based on flavour analysis, at between 12.5 to 14.5° Baumé.
The fruit was destemmed, lightly crushed and cooled to 12 to 14°C before being
transferred to open vats. The vats were inoculated with selected yeast, plunging took
place on the first day with pump-overs from then on. Fermentation slowly warmed up to
25 to 28°C and lasted seven to nine days. The wine was matured in 10 to 100-year old
large format French oak barrels for 18 months.
Tasting Note
The old vines deliver a generous and expressive wine, with underlying elegance. Hints
of bay leaf, mint and pepper weave seamlessly around dark berry, spice and plum
fruits with herbal and cedar oak derived complexity.
Grape
Winemaker: Alan George, Neil
Larson, Brendan
Freeman
Region: Victoria
Subregion: Nagambie Lakes
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 14.5%

Awards
90 pts, IWC, 2021

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