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).
Varietal 100% Prosecco
Acid 6.50 g/L
Best Consumed 2016– 2019
VITICULTURE / WINEMAKING: This wine was crafted from 100% Prosecco fruit, sourced from vineyards in the Goulburn Valley. Grapes were picked and crushed during the cool of night to retain their fresh, varietal flavours. The juice was then divided into select parcels. Each parcel underwent a different treatment such as malolactic fermentation; fermentation and time with French oak; or spending an extended period on yeast lees. Each treatment resulted in an individually flavoured parcel of wine, and the unique character and personality of the final blend is a result of the special handling of these separate parcels.
HARVEST NOTES: Vineyards were irrigated at budburst in September of 2015, and irrigation continued through a very dry Spring. The 2015 Summer was one of the warmest and driest on record, testing the vineyard managers nerves. Some very welcome early January rain saw the vineyards looking vibrantly green with open canopies and evenly distributed bunches. Vintage started early (again!) and fruit ripened quickly, leading to another compressed and busy vintage. However a lull in mid-March saw the last of the whites safely picked and we started taking in reds in perfect autumn conditions and at optimum ripeness. Flavours are bright and concentrated, it looks like being a very good year.
WINE DESCRIPTION: Vibrant and deliciously zesty with a fine spritz, Dalfarras 2016 Prosecco has a core of zippy lemon/citrus and pear fruits.