Tahbilk can trace its history with the varietals that make up this blend back to 1860 and Estate Shiraz vines that still survive today. In more recent times these elder statesmen plantings have been joined by Grenache and Mourvédre providing the
synergistic opportunity to produce an Estate interpretation of the classic French Rhone Valley blending of the three.
Critical and consumer acclaim continues to grow for this 'new kid on the block' of the Tahbilk Red’s portfolio, along with a glowing Wine Show record.
Enjoy Now to 2029/2031
Bright and vibrant with savoury and spice notes, the palate resonates with fleshy dark berry and plum fruits alongside hints of mulberry and liquorice. Fine tannins and fresh acidity complete this exciting 2020 release.
Immediate enjoyment is a given with further character and complexity on offer if mindfully cellared.
There are few Australians who will forget the 2019/2020 summer as bushfires burnt across the Eastern seaboard after a dry winter and spring. Thankfully there were no fires in central Victoria, and although it was smoky at times in Nagambie Lakes, Tahbilk fruit was not affected by smoke taint.
The dry winter and spring had our vineyard staff diligently monitoring soil moisture and irrigating when necessary. January and February saw temperatures fluctuating from blazing hot 40 degrees plus days to very mild 20-degree days.
Initially the very hot days seemed to slow the ripening but, similar to recent vintages, we commenced picking in early February.
The unforgiving season continued through harvest, with tropical storms resulting in weekly rainfall that, whilst irritating to the Vineyard and Winery crews, was not enough to significantly impact yields or initiate disease.
All varieties came in with excellent colour and flavour and 2020 will be a vintage of very good whites and terrific reds – not unusual for a dry season.