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Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Central Victoria, Victoria   |    750ml   |    14%
Located in the Nagambie Lakes region of Central Victoria and with a history dating back to 1860, Tahbilk has long been home to some of Australia's finest and best value red wines. This 2017 Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon is another medium-bodied and impressively approachable red wine, offering up plenty of ripe blackcurrant, chocolate and plum flavours, all supported by some subtle, well-handled oak.

"93 Points. Elegant, fresh and linear. Purple red in colour of medium depth. It's all fresh, blackcurrant and blackberry, pie-like vanilla crust with a sprinkle of vanilla. The cooler season bringing more precise and higher contrast fruit with slightly chalky tannins. The framework more refined, the result better. Drink By: 2030 Screwcap"- David Bicknell,

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Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
Established in 1860 Tahbilk is one of Australia's most beautiful and historic family owned wineries. Located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (120kms north of Melbourne), one of the nation's premium viticultural areas, the property comprises some 1,214 hectares of rich river flats with a frontage of 11 kms to the Goulburn River and 8 kms of permanent backwaters and creeks. Purchased by the Purbrick family is 1925, Tahbilk is now home to 5 generations.

The vineyard has some 200 hectares under vine which includes the rare French Rhone Valley whites of Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne; and the Rhone reds - Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. Also planted are the traditional varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho and new age rising stars Tempranillo and Savagnin.

Vineyard plantings extend back to Tahbilk's founding with original pre-phylloxera Shiraz vines still surviving from 1860 - an eponymous wine produced from them since 1979. Tahbilk is further blessed with an abundance of further "old vine" plantings including Shiraz from 1933 (the prime source for Tahbilk's 'Eric Stevens Purbrick' Shiraz releases), Cabernet Sauvignon back to 1949 and Marsanne from 1927 (a "sister" white release to the 1860 Vines Shiraz).
Central Victoria
After many years of dry winters we received average to above average rains through the 2016 winter and spring. The grapevines responded, growing vivid green canopies and setting good crop levels. A temperamental spring saw up and down temperatures and there were many ‘Four seasons in a day’ events, and warmish rainy days. The latter caused anxiety for our vineyard managers, with the potential for mildew to develop. However good management and diligent monitoring allowed us to keep the vineyard disease free.

Summer seemed transient but we did have three balmy weeks through March with ripening continuing at a steady pace. The fine, albeit slightly cooler, weather lingered on in April and harvest continued steadily with very few issues but thankful that the weather did hold. Vintage 2017 will be remembered as having a traditional late start with the very even and steady ripening resulting in distinct varietal flavours with bright fruit and elegant, fine structures.

“Distinctive cassis, dark plum and mulberry varietal fruits are nuanced with Asian 5 spice, mint and touches of mocha. Deliciously approachable now, a ripe tannic grip lends support for extended development to 2035/2040.”

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