Marsanne is sooo underrated, 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!
Vintage 2008: Across Australia 2008 is widely known as the vintage from hell due to the run of high day and night temperatures in mid-March. This put extreme pressure on wineries that could not ameliorate the conditions with irrigation as we were able to do with our proximity and access to the Goulburn River. Also Estate conditions were hot, but not relentlessly and stiflingly so. Prior to the heatwave the autumn weather was typically cool, which allowed slow development of the whites and resulted in picking them at up to 1 Baume lower than usual. We were also fortunate that we had the capacity to bring in the reds without delay as they were ready with the majority harvested within our preferred Baume range. We were rewarded with white wines from 2008 showing crisp, vibrant fruit and some delicacy and reds with richness, depth and complexity.
About The Wine: Established in 1860, and purchased by the Purbrick family in 1925, Tahbilk is blessed with significant older vineyard plantings. These limited release wines are produced from the Estate’s 1927 Marsanne vines - some of the oldest in the world. The fruit is harvested early at high natural acid levels, no chemicals are added and the juice becomes fully oxidised and then the clean juice is fermented at 11-15°C. The resultant wine is ‘water’ white, with high acid and flavourless. The wine is bottled and then 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. Commencing with the inaugural Trophy and Gold Medal winning 1998 vintage, Tahbilk ‘1927 Vines’ Marsanne releases have impressed Wine Show judges and connoisseurs around the world building an enviable reputation as wines of great character and complexity.
Tasting Notes: An impressive acid line supports a dry and savoury palate of unsweetened citrus and lime juices, where notes of cut straw are joined on the nose by nuances of ginger and spice. A crunchy minerality wraps itself around a wine of energy and zip with undoubted long term cellaring potential that will see toasty, honeysuckle and marmalade characters come to the fore. A most distinctive release showcased under a replica 1870’s Tahbilk Estate label. Drink now to 2030+.
The 2008 Tahbilk "1927 Vines" Marsanne is the winner of 3x Trophies, 8x Gold Medals, 10x Silver Medals and 4x Bronze Medals.