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23 November,2017

Tahbilk is one of Australia’s historic wineries, the company formed in 1860. In the 20 years following it became one of the country’s most significant producers. Following changing fortunes over the decades, the Purbrick family took ownership in 1925, and restored its reputation as a great wine producing business. Hayley Purbrick represents the fifth generation at the helm. Tahbilk has moved with the times, and makes a very large range of wines that begin with great value offerings to old vine bottlings that come from vines over 150 years old. Environmental concerns are part of the modern philosophies. Tahbilk is one of ‘Australia’s First Family of Wine’. Here, I review a selection of ‘One Million Cuttings’ wines, the name referring to an 1860 advertisement for vine material, and a bottle each from the ‘Four Sisters’ Carbon Zero’ range and ‘Dalfarras’ art and family inspired wines, which are also Carbon Zero certified. The wines are imported by Kahurangi Estate. The reds are very sweet and ripe, and all the wines are soft-textured. They will be available early next year.


Tahbilk ‘One Million Cuttings’ South Eastern Australia Chardonnay/Pinot NV

Sparkling Wine from Australia - Other


Bright, light golden-yellow colour, a little lighter on the edge, the bubbles very fine and moderately persistent. This has a softly full nose with up-front aromas of yellow stonefruits and yeast-lees notes, along with subtle nutty elements and a suggestion of oak. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is softly full with flavours of yellow stonefruit, nutty notes and hints of yeast. The mouthfeel is rounded with a creamy effervescence balanced by fine, crisp, lively acidity providing freshness. The wine flows along a soft-textured line, leading to a light finish with moderate length. This is an up-front, softly rounded sparkling wine with stonefruit and nutty flavours and hints of yeast with balancing freshness. Serve as an anytime wine over the next 2 years. A blend of 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Noir from the Goulburn Valley, Strathbogie Ranges and Murray Darling regions. Undergoing winemaking techniques including MLF, French oak contact and extended time on lees. 12.5% alc. 16.5-/20 Nov 2017 RRP $16.00

Tahbilk ‘One Million Cuttings’ South Eastern Australia Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from Australia - Other


Brilliant, lemon-hued yellow colour, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is softly fresh with up-front aromas of ripe citrus fruit and yellow stonefruits with enriching nutty elements adding detail. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has gentle flavours of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit entwined with subtle nutty notes. The mouthfeel possesses light phenolic textures with light, refreshing acidity lending energy. The flavours recede as the wine carries to a light finish with moderate length. This is a soft and gently stonefruit and citrus fruited Chardonnay with some light phenolic textures and balancing fresh acidity. Serve with poultry and pork over the next 2+ years. Fruit from the Nagambie Lakes district, undergoing winemaking to include MLF, French oak contact and time on lees. 14.0% alc. 16.0+/20 Nov 2017 RRP $16.00

Tahbilk ‘One Million Cuttings’ South Eastern Australia Merlot 2015

Merlot from Australia - Other


Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with light purple hues. Lighter on the edge. The nose is soft and a little restrained, gently unfolding full aromas of ripe blackberry fruit with notes of dark plums and boysenberries, along with jam, herb and earthy detail. The fruit forms a soft, rounded core with light and soft, supple tannins and integrated acidity providing some background depth. The mouthfeel carries to a softly solid finish of dark-red plum fruit and herbs. This is a sweetly rich, soft Merlot with ripe plum fruit along with jam and herb elements on a rounded palate. Match with slow cooked red meats and casseroles over the next 3+ years. Fruit from the Goulburn Valley, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine French and American oak contact. 16.5/20 Nov 2017 RRP $16.00

Tahbilk ‘One Million Cuttings’ South Eastern Australia Shiraz 2016

Syrah from Australia - Other


Dark, even ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little paler on edge. The nose is soft with moderately deep and harmoniously interwoven aromas of sweetly ripe dark raspberry and blackberry fruit along with plum jam and eucalypt nuances. Medium-full bodied, the palate is softly full with rich flavours of ripe raspberry and blackberry fruit entwined with plum jam and eucalypt notes. The fruit is sweet and vibrant, and supported by soft tannin extraction providing gentle grip. The acidity is soft and integrated, and the wine carries to a lingering finish of plums, eucalypt and spicy elements. This is a rich, plummy Shiraz with raspberry and blackberry fruit and eucalypt notes on a soft-textured palate. Match with barbecued red meats over the next 3+ years. Fruit from the Murray, Goulburn and King Valleys, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine given French and American oak contact. 16.5+/20 Nov 2017 RRP $16.00

Dalfarras Central Victoria Sangiovese 2015

Sangiovese from Australia – Victoria


Ruby-red colour with some depth and slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is intense and deep with aromas of dark-red cherry and berry fruit with subtle notes of dark plums and eucalypt nuances, entwined with dark herbs, hints of spice and nutty oak. Medium-bodied, the palate has a concentrated core of sweetly ripe dark red cherry and berry fruit with plums and an amalgam of dark herbs with subtle eucalypt elements and nutty oak. The palate has richness and energy, and flows along a fine-textured line with light tannin extraction and balanced acidity. The wine carries to a fine, lingering finish. This is a sweetly ripe Sangiovese with dark red cherry and berry fruit with plum flavours, and herb and nutty oak notes on a soft-textured palate. Serve with Mediterranean-themed fare over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from the Pogue vineyard fermented to 13.0% alc. 16.5+/20 Nov 2017 RRP $22.00

Four Sisters Central Victoria Shiraz 2015

Syrah from Australia – Victoria


Very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full with ripe aromas of dark-red berry fruit with dark plums harmoniously melded with eucalypt elements, unfolding spices. This is elegant in presentation. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and sweet, intense, ripe flavours of dark raspberries, blackberries and dark plums entwined with eucalypt and spice detail. The fruit is underlined by light tannin textures, with balanced acidity. The flavours flow with good linearity to a long, lingering finish of plums, spices and eucalypt. This is a rich, sweet and intensely flavoured Shiraz with dark raspberry, plum, eucalypt and spices, on a light-textured palate with good length. Match with lamb, beef and venison, and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4 years. Fruit from Central Victoria fermented to 14.5% alc., a portion aged in French and American oak. 17.0/20 Nov 2017 RRP $21.00

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