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2013 Tahbilk Shiraz

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Tahbilk have a legendary reputation. Purveyors of a distinguished brand, they represent one of the oldest winemaking families in the country. This Shiraz is one of the true bargains in Australian wine and continues to offer flavour beyond its price tag and an ability to age brilliantly. It’s full of ripe berries, pepper, licorice & chocolate and delivers all this and much more on the palate thanks to a spicy persistence and judicious oak.

Winemaker's Notes

Aromas of plums, spice and background peppery hints lead to a richly flavoured palate of blackberry, plum and anise fruits. Firm, supportive tannins will hold this release in good stead for further cellaring. Drink now to 2025+.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2013 Tahbilk Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
The spice, anise and pepper notes that contribute the savoury component of this wine aren't common in Tahbilk Shiraz. This is in no way intended to be critical, if anything, the reverse, for there's ample plum and blackberry fruit to accommodate those characters. The substantially upgraded packaging is another plus.
Drink by 2035
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A classically reserved, long-term Tahbilk wine of balance and structure. Its spicy fragrance of white pepper, red berries and plums reveals undertones of cassis, older cedary oak and a hint of musk. Long and fine-grained, it?s elegant and complete, delivering a lean, firmish presence of tightly closed blackberry, plum and redcurrant fruit framed by drying, chalky tannins. It finishes long and savoury, with a hint of iodide.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Spicy, earthy and herbal, fractionally meaty and floral, with aromas of red and blue flowers, confiture-like notes of cassis, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries plus a whiff of older oak. It's marginally baked, but there's some forward, bright red and black fruits that become more dehydrated towards the faintly metallic and edgy finish.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Mike Bennie (2009 Vintage) says
Something about Tahbilk Shiraz that comes with savouriness, earthiness and a leathery quality that all feels appealing and regional. There's some light greenery in the wine, brambly dark fruits and some chewy tannins too. Lots packed in. A satisfying, fuller figured wine.
Australia's Wine Business Magazine February
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Meat stock tobacco brown spice in the tight regional shiraz spice style.Austere fine tannins and licorice black fruits with a peppery earthy spice to the firm dry finish.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright, clear crimson-purple; positive oak embraces blackberry, blackcherry and plum fruit, the tannins evident but soft-one of the most obvious hallmarks of the change.
To 2029
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Rather jammy, with pruney aroms of raspberries, redcurrants and raisins backed by nuances of sweet leather, clove and a hint of menthol. Supported by firmish, slightly metallic tannins, it's smooth and forward, with a modest length of fruit that does fall away towards the finish.
The Australian Wine Annual
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Lively crimson-red colour; it is open-fermented and spends 18 months in a mix of French oak of various sizes and ages. It has a delicious, albeit unexpected, edge of red cherry fruit on the medium-bodied palate; the core is black cherry and plum, and the tannins are particularly good. A very appealing wine.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Bright hue; in mainstream Tahbilk style, but "with an extra edge from the vintage (excellent) and French oak; it is medium-bodied, the tannins are fine, the length and balance spot-on.
To 2021
Australian Wine Companion 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A charming, spicy and fragrant shiraz scented with fresh red and black berries, cedar/chocolate oak, dusty spices and white pepper. Backed by creamy, earthy and spicy undertones, its measured, polished and moderately rich palate of ripe, sumptuous fruit has a lively undercurrent of fine, drying tannins, finishing with length, balance and persistence.
Australian Wine Annual 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Structured shiraz with layers of spice and earth and the gravitas of an inner core of bridging tannins and good length. Fruit and tannin are in balance currently quite tight with good intensity and a firm dry finish.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Tahbilk Cabernet and Shiraz have always been good-value, good-quality wines, but we shouldn't take them for granted: they're Aussie gems. They've been in peak form over the past few releases too. Seriously undervalued. A wine of great regional appeal and, damn it, just plain tasty. There's a greater clip of cedary oak here than we'd normally expect in a Tahbilk red, but give the wine some air and it settles down perfectly. This is a super Tahbilk shiraz. It's high in tannin and acidity but has enough plummy, earthy, cherried, leathery flavour to well and truly cover it.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Bright red-crimson; a full-flavoured but elegant wine, with an abundance of black cherry and blackberry fruit; best for many years; extract perfectly managed.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Robust, meaty and slightly unpolished, with slightly minty and medicinal aromas of violets and raspberries, cassis, plums and cherries plus lightly smoked undertones of vanilla oak. Its firm, drying palate of intense berry/plum fruit is firmly supported by drying, coarse linen tannin, finishing with slightly raw-edged, minty/menthol notes and a lingering meatiness.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Shiraz with layers of spice and earth and the gravitas of an inner core of bridging tannins with a firm-dry finish.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
Both Tahbilk Cabernet and Shiraz have always been good-value, good-quality wines, but we shouldn't take them for granted: they're Aussie gems. If you haven't had one for a while, it's time you rediscovered them. Seems a bit softer and cuddlier than usual, but it's still full of that immensely attractive cherry-plummed, earthen flavour that the estate is famous for. Its tannins don't get in the way, but there's enough of them, and the smear of eucalypt-like flavour gives it a welcoming sense of lift. Lovely wine. Mattinson has already nabbed himself a case of this.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Bright, clear colour; fresh and lively cherry and plum fruit, soft tannins and gentle oak; a new Tahbilk face without loss of flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A typical older-styled Tahbilk with a meaty, leathery expression of relatively simple, cooked and minty plum and berry flavours. With a firm, fine and dusty undercarriage, it's slightly hollow and dilute, finishing rather lean and dull. It should hang together for some time.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Shiraz with layers of spice and earth and the gravitas of an inner core of bridging tannins with a firm-dry finish.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied, but with more mid-palate fruit than some recent releases; tannins ripe and balanced.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A very ripe, sumptuous and powerfully constructed shiraz suited to long-term cellaring. Its porty aromas of cooked plums and blackberries reveal underlying nuances of cassis and sweet red berries, plus hints of sage and cloves, tar and treacle. Unusually concentrated for a Tahbilk red, its thick, firm and astringent palate of meaty blackberry and plum flavours has a slightly stewy but not overcooked aspect. Framed by somewhat gritty tannins, it finishes long, drying and savoury.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Strong colour; medium-bodied with latent power to the supple blackberry fruit; fine tannins; should evolve excellently.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
An elegant, flavoursome and pleasingly complex wine of charm and potential. Its slightly meaty fragrance of cassis and raspberry fruit, cinnamon and white and black pepper precedes a very refined and cultivated palate whose vibrant small berry flavours are backed by licorice and cloves. Framed by fine-grained and dusty tannins, its fine balance should ensure its longevity.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Typical no-frills style; medium-bodied; blackberry and plum fruit; lingering tannins, minimal oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Firm and flavoursome shiraz whose lightly stewy and confectionary aromas of raspberries, cherries, plums and dusty, herbal, white pepper-like undertones are supported by very light oak influences. Full to medium in weight, it's forward and spicy, slightly hollow but moderately long, finishing with lingering earthy blackberry/plum fruit and firm tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the moderately intense bouquet has a mix of typically earthy/savoury aromas and red fruits at the centre. The palate is soft and quite supple, again showing savoury / briary characters, and finishes with fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; clean, ripe dark berry/plum fruit with the typical subtle oak of Tahbilk on the bouquet foreshadows a particularly nice wine, centred on plum and chocolate fruit, finishing with fine, earthy tannins and soft oak. Yes, a touch old-fashioned, but a good'un.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Excellent, bright red-purple; the bouquet is straightforward but seems hampered by some off aromas from old oak. The palate is better, with moderate length and grip.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red, with a touch of purple; the bouquet is clean, but on the light side and slightly washed out. The palate is pleasant, with simple, straightforward cherry fruit and soft tannins; seems to continue a subde change in style, although it may just have been the vintage speaking.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999

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