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TAHBILK WINES Eric Stevens Purbrick Shiraz, Nagambie Lakes 2009

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TAHBILK WINES Eric Stevens Purbrick Shiraz, Nagambie Lakes 2009

The origins of this important wine go back to 1951 with the release of the 1948 Tahbilk Bin 11 Shiraz, made by Eric Stevens Purbrick himself. It was conceived as Tahbilk’s flagship red, a cellaring style to be made from the best barrel or barrels available each year. The ‘Bin’ wine became ‘Reserve’ Shiraz with the 1994 vintage and was given its current name – by Eric’s grandson Alister – at Tahbilk’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2010. It is made using the best Shiraz from estate vines planted in 1933, 1936 and 1937. The fruit is hand-picked, fermented in open oak vats more than 100 years old, matured in French oak and then kept for a period in bottle before release.
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The origins of this important wine go back to 1951 with the release of the 1948 Tahbilk Bin 11 Shiraz, made by Eric Stevens Purbrick himself. It was conceived as Tahbilk’s flagship red, a cellaring style to be made from the best barrel or barrels available each year. The ‘Bin’ wine became ‘Reserve’ Shiraz with the 1994 vintage and was given its current name – by Eric’s grandson Alister – at Tahbilk’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2010. It is made using the best Shiraz from estate vines planted in 1933, 1936 and 1937. The fruit is hand-picked, fermented in open oak vats more than 100 years old, matured in French oak and then kept for a period in bottle before release.
  • Style: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Vintage: 2009
  • Region: Nagambie Lakes
  • Code: TESPS
  • Varietal: Shiraz
  • Country: Australia

Region Nagambie Lakes

Nagambie Lakes located in Central Victoria is home to some of Australia’s (and the worlds) oldest pre-phylloxera Shiraz vines, which date back to 1860. It is the only Australian wine region and one of only six worldwide, where the climate is influenced by inland water. The numerous lakes and lagoons in the region, linked by the Goulburn River, have a cooling effect, moderating the average temperature in the area. Nagambie Lakes also possess unique red sandy loam soils owing to their high ferric-oxide content, which has a positive effect on grape quality and adds a distinct regional character to the wines. Best known for old vine Shiraz, the area also has plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon. Rhone white varieties also excel including Viognier, Roussanne and age-worthy Marsanne.

Winery TAHBILK WINES

Langton’s Selections ^3Tahbilk 1860 Vines Shiraz, Tahbilk Eric Stevens Purbrick (1933 Vines Reserve Shiraz), Tahbilk Eric Stevens Purbrick Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Near Nagambie lies Tabilk Tabilk (‘place of many waterholes’), an important early river crossing for travellers. Tahbilk (with an ‘h’), known until recently as Chateau Tahbilk, is Victoria’s oldest family-owned winery, celebrating almost 140 years of continuous wine production. It has played a hugely important role in the development of the modern Australian wine trade. For over 75 years it has been a vini-cultural centre of wine; a meeting point of some of Australia’s most influential wine intelligentsia. A pagoda style weatherboard tower commands the winery complex, which dates back to this time. The fabulous new cellar was excavated in 1875. This place reeks of history. Indeed a National Trust plaque near the cellar door recognises this property as being "among highly significant examples of early rural archi
Langton’s Selections ^3Tahbilk 1860 Vines Shiraz, Tahbilk Eric Stevens Purbrick (1933 Vines Reserve Shiraz), Tahbilk Eric Stevens Purbrick Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Near Nagambie lies Tabilk Tabilk (‘place of many waterholes’), an important early river crossing for travellers. Tahbilk (with an ‘h’), known until recently as Chateau Tahbilk, is Victoria’s oldest family-owned winery, celebrating almost 140 years of continuous wine production. It has played a hugely important role in the development of the modern Australian wine trade. For over 75 years it has been a vini-cultural centre of wine; a meeting point of some of Australia’s most influential wine intelligentsia. A pagoda style weatherboard tower commands the winery complex, which dates back to this time. The fabulous new cellar was excavated in 1875. This place reeks of history. Indeed a National Trust plaque near the cellar door recognises this property as being "among highly significant examples of early rural architecture worthy of preservation". The Purbrick Family bought the property in 1925. Alister Purbrick is a third generation winemaker who has modernised Tahbilk without abandoning the past. Tahbilk produces a wide range of wines and is particularly known for its high-standard Shirazes and Cabernet Sauvignons. 1860s vines Shiraz derives from a small patch of half hectare ungrafted pre-Phylloxera, original Estate planted vines and is amongst some of the oldest direct producing Shiraz vines in the world. The wine is both a curio and an experience. The fruit is handpicked and fermented in century old oak vats before maturation in French oak for 18 months prior to bottling. The wine is further aged in bottle for four years "bottle-aging" before release making it 6 years after vintage before it reaches market. The label design harks back to an original Tahbilk wine label used during the 1870s although the 1979 vintage was the first of this release. Produced in miniscule quantities, this wine is made very much in the traditional fashion. The term ‘old vines’ often suggests deeply concentrated wines, but this style is more elegant with plummy/chocolaty/berry fruit flavours and looseknit gravelly tannin structures. The Reserve type wines are now re-badged Eric Stevens Purbrick Shiraz from 1933 vines and Eric Stevens Purbrick Cabernet Sauvignon are both muscular but resonating styles with plenty of cellaring future. The latter is a continuum of Tahbilk’s Special Bin Cabernet Sauvignon of which the first release was in 1952. These early releases sometimes appear on the market. Tahbilk is also Australia’s pioneering producer of Marsanne. The occasionally released 1927 Vines Marsanne is a leaner, tighter style to allow further bottle development. Tahbilk is a Victorian icon – in the truest sense of the world. Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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