Tahbilk 1927 Vines Marsanne
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- Marsanne is soooo under-rated it's not funny. They are great with food, and they can live for ages! This offering from the masters of marsanne is still so fresh it defies logic. Aromas of honey, toast, orange rind and yellow citrus float out of the glass, before the palate goes POW! And hits you with zesty lemon flavours, appealing licks of melted honey, racy acidity, and an appealing subtle grip on the refreshing, dry finish. Crack a bottle open with a creamy chicken risotto and enjoy! 90
"As 1860 is to our Shiraz, so 1927 is to our Marsanne.
Both are the years of planting for the respective varietals, both are amongst the oldest surviving plantings of those varietals in the world and most importantly, both produce wines of amazing complexity and character.
It was not until 1998 that my son Alister, in discussions with the vineyard and winemaking teams, decided to pick and keep separate the fruit from our ‘1927 Marsanne’ block.
The view was to produce a wine that would only begin to reveal its true self after six to seven years in the bottle at which stage, as Alister puts it:
“It’s a classic ugly duckling to beautiful swan story. The fruit is harvested early at high natural acid levels, no chemicals are added and the juice becomes fully oxidized and then the clean juice is fermented at 11-15ºC. The resultant wine is ‘water’ white, with high acid and flavourless.
The wine is bottled and then all the magic happens. The beauty of making the wine this way is that it develops in the bottle very slowly and has long term cellaring potential.”
Since the 1998 release our ‘1927 Vines’ Marsanne’s have been awarded no less than sixteen Trophies and forty five Gold Medals on the Wine Show circuit, as well as a growing multitude of wine review plaudits."
John Purbrick, Chairman
James Halliday says:“
An exceptional wine from 79yo estate vines, the colour still pale quartz-green, the bouquet fragrant, and the palate as fresh as a daisy; crunchy acidity underlies the classic varietal mix of honeysuckle and unsweetened lemon juice.Wine Companion96
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says:“
Tightly focused, long and very youthful, this taut and even marsanne has a waxy, sweetly fragrant and lightly spicy bouquet of honeysuckle, clove and cinnamon over delicate suggestions of apple, stonefruit and citrus. Underpinned by a very fine, dusty extract, its fresh flavours of lemon rind, peach and melon finish with a brisk lemony acidity. Keep it for as long as you can!
Best Drinking: 2016-2024The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition93
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says:“
Has six trophies to its credit, mainly from shows with user volume requirements for entry; its colour is still pale straw-green, and the wine has extraordinary freshness and vibrancy; lemon juice, honeysuckle and hints of toast and spice are all threaded through by a spine of acidity on the long, lingering palate.
Best Drinking: 202896
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says:“
Slow to develop and yet to unfold, it's scented with lightly smoky aromas of melon, lemon and honeysuckle backed by nuances of cloves and struck match. Long and lean, with a pulpy, powdery texture, it's actually quite semillon-like, finishing with fresh flavours of melon and lemon wrapped in a tightly focused acidity.
Best Drinking: 2015-2023+The Australian Wine Annual 201392
Rob Geddes MW (2003 Vintage) says:“
Made in the classic austere low alcohol cellaring style and matured in the company's cellars so that upon release these wines show the classic honeysuckle dried flowers development and full-bodied palate with a silky texture and long fruit, crisp acidity and classic complex bottle matured flavours that finish with almond like white nut flavours. Screw cap
Best Drinking: 2028Rob Geddes MW94
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says:“
Deep gold; a delicious mixture of ripe stone fruit, pear and honey riding on a magic carpet of natural acidity. If you are prepared to gamble with the cork gods, go to it.96
Rob Geddes MW (2002 Vintage) says:“
Austere cellaring style that is released when It's showing the classic honeysuckle dried flowers development with a full-bodied palate with long fruit crisp acidity and classic complex bottle matured flavours finish with almond like white nut flavours. Screw capRob Geddes MW90
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says:“Australian Wine Companion 2012 201192
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says:“
Long, fresh and faintly chalky, this rather elegant and reserved marsanne reveals a lightly toasty, waxy and floral bouquet of honeysuckle, cloves and nutmeg. Its pure, intense core of melon and stonefruit flavour is hacked by creamy, nutty nuances, with meaty, lanolin-like complexity and an underlying dustiness. Smooth and even, its persistent flavours culminate in a long, fresh and pithy finish of lemon-like flavour.The Australian Wine Annual 201294
Rob Geddes MW (2001 Vintage) says:“
Austere cellaring style that is released when It's showing the classic honeysuckle dried flowers development with a full-bodied palate with long fruit crisp acidity and classic complex bottle matured flavours finish with almond like white nut flavours. Screw capRob Geddes MW93
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says:“Australian Wine Companion 2011 201092
Tyson Stelzer (2000 Vintage) says:“
Australia's greatest Marsanne? I am yet to find its equal. Marsanne vines that rank among the oldest in the world are responsible for this fresh, pure and backward style. It has delightful nuances of honeysuckle, cedar, toast, butter, and even star anise and pepper, providing great complexity to its zesty lemon core. It will live for decades.95
Rob Geddes MW (2000 Vintage) says:“
Austere cellaring style that is released when its showing the classic honeysuckle faintly dried flowers development with a full-bodied palate with long fruit, crisp acidity and classic complex bottle-matured flavours, finish with almond like white nut flavours.Australian Wine Vintages 201092
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says:“
Bright, pale straw-green; layers of flavour turn around. honeysuckle fruit and lemony acidity; great length and fully deserves its show success. The bottom of the cork was ominously soggy.Australian Wine Companion 2009 200895
Ken Gargett (1999 Vintage) says:“
I do love a winery that's prepared to hold back a wine to allow it to develop its potential. Especially marsanne, because it's a variety that really needs time to transcend a fairly pimply youth and develop its gorgeously honeysuckled inner glow. However, in the wine world time is money—so it doesn't happen often. Tahbilk know marsanne better than anyone on the planet, and this is very good wine.Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 200791
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says:“
Still as fresh as a daisy; crisp lemon and honeysuckle fruit; outstanding balance and length; 250 cases made from what is some of the oldest marsanne vines in the world.Australian Wine Companion 2007 200694
Huon Hooke & Ralph Kyte-Powell (1998 Vintage) says:“
Abrilliant flashing gold colour shows age here, and the nose has the richly honeyed, toasty aromas of maturity. There's a distinctive lime marmalade and honey sort of flavour that's very seductive, the palate is smoothly textured, and it has a very long, toasty aftertaste. A delicious example of what marsanne is capable of. Enjoy it with lemon grass and chilli chickenGood Australian Wine Guide 2007 200696