The season started off slowly, summer was cool and the rainfall was low in the lead up.
A windy spring certainly disrupted the fruit set, leading to fewer berries per bunch with final yields well down, with some of our blocks by as much as 40%.
The harvest itself ticked along at a steady pace, whites progressed nicely, the reds ripening well and then everything ripened up at once with lots of juggling between whites, rose and red ferments.
With the low yields and challenges of this harvest there is much anticipation around the final release of our 2022 vintage Estate whites and reds.
And the final verdict on Vintage 2022? That will be yours ...
Enjoy Now to 2028/2030
First planted on the Estate in the 1860’s, Tahbilk has the largest single holding of this unique varietal worldwide including surviving vines dating back to 1927,
that are among the oldest in the world.
The low-yielding and challenging 2022 vintage has delivered a true to Estate varietal Marsanne of lifted and intense lemon citrus, spice and pear fruits with a zesty minerality and cleansing acidity.
Time in the cellar will undoubtedly bring on a toasty, honeysuckle and orange marmalade richness and complexity.
"Tahbilk is undoubtedly the home of Marsanne, with the largest plantings in the world producing a wine that is second to none. The region is everything.
The 2022 Marsanne offers a natural acidity line that we only see in excellent years. The low yields meant exceptional fruit, resulting in a lovely style of wine.
This is a lovely spring wine, perfect in its youth but will reward to those who can offer it some time. Pairs well with seafood, a spring salad or a spicy Thai curry."
Joanne Nash | Tahbilk Winemaker & General Manager | www.winecompanion.com.au 'Wines For Spring' Promotion (October 2022)
Don't just take our word for it ...
"There is something distinctly Pinot Gris about the latest incarnation of the famour Tahbilk Marsanne, but we know from experience this will be superior to probably any Gris in the country. Meanwhile ... 9.2/10."
Max Crus | Northern Rivers Times | June 2023
"The Cellar Club [Editor: Tahbilk Wine Club] pricing for this wine is quite ridiculous when you consider just how this label will age under the right conditions.
Chalk and hints of musk, citrus skin and pith. A bit more air exposes a touch of young honeycomb, pear and cinnamon toast. Tight and restrained in youth (as expected) with a stony dryness clamping down in the finish over bright and fresh acidity. Moreish now for those that want their wines racy, else it’s going to happily hang on for a few years."
Regan Drew | www.vinonotebook.com | December 2022
"This is a reserved release and that, you'd have to argue, is a good thing. It has all the right components but it needs time for it to flesh out. Blossomy citrus and slate characters come with whispers of fennel and musk. The mouthfeel, dry riverstone-like, is very good, as is the general flow of it. At this early stage this looks to be in a very good/excellent place. 92+ Points"
Campbell Mattinson | www.winefront.com.au | September 2022