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Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon

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There’s something reassuring about opening a Tahbilk wine. Maybe it’s the history that lends a sense of occasion? As one of the few Australian wineries to have operated for over 150 years you could say they’ve had a fair bit of practice. This Cabernet is all about stately structure and will happily wait in the cellar for the next decade until you are ready to drink it. Blackberry aromas and hints of leather as well as notes of anise lead to a plate of dark berry fruit with firm tannins and hints of earth and mint.

Winemaker's Notes

Rich and concentrated aromas of blackberry, eucalypt and spice beguile you to a full bodied palate of equal depth and complexity with an abundance of generous fruit flavours and hints of capsicum and tobacco. Firm tannins will support more time in the bottle if that is your preference or equally cut through the fat on red meat dishes if current drinking is more your thing.

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Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Excellent hue; manages to combine elegance with uncompromising blackcurrant/cassis, black olive and herb varietal expression; the elegance derives from skilful handling of tannins, and a celebrated vintage.
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Positive red-purple, still youthful; blackcurrant, earth, spice and cedar run through the bouquet and medium-to full-bodied palate, which has considerable drive and length, tannins perfectly pitched. In its infancy, its future assured.
To 2029
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Good hue; a complex blend of six vineyard blocks planted between 1949 and 2001; its flavours are lively and juicy, with cassis obvious along with fine, ripe tannins; oak, as always, adds more to texture than to flavour. A really enjoyable wine, good now or in 10 years.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Still crimson-purple; classic Tahbilk, built to last, the blackcurrant fruit interwoven through firm but balanced tannins, oak in the background; the finish is the strong point of a complete cabernet.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon is a wonderful red to pop in the cellar, though the good folks at Tahbilk have already done part of the hard work for us. A medium-bodied red wine of excellent, understated quality. No hoo-ha, just straight-out quality. Deliciously fresh and clean with notes of earth, violets, blackcurrant and eucalypt. As always, it's as much a savoury style as it is a sweet-fruited one, though at the same time you wouldn't call this release rustic. Quite a bit of mouth-puckering tannin for now, better in a year or two.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
94

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