Since its inaugural vintage release in 1999 from 4 hectares planted on the Estate in 1996, Verdelho has been an integral player in Tahbilk’s range of Cellar Door only releases.
As with all Tahbilk Whites, our Verdelho is cold fermented in stainless steel tanks under strict temperature control with minimal skin contact to maximise flavour and freshness with the 2023 release clearly positioned in the broadly appealing camp.
Enjoy Now to 2026/2027
Delightfully zesty stone-fruit and Granny Smith apple characters sit alongside tropical fruit dashes finishing with a dazzling fresh acidity.
What’s not to like? A question well answered when enjoyed with grilled seafoods or light white-meat curries..
At Tahbilk, we like to say that every bottle tells a story, so in that case, the stories behind Vintage 2023 will be some of the most dramatic.
In October 2022, Tahbilk Estate bore the brunt of a 1 in 100-year flood, which affected our vines, impacted yields, and affected us, the Tahbilk team. Our vines have bounced back, thankfully with no longterm damage and minimal, if any attrition. In fact, if you walk around today you couldn’t tell that over half of the vineyard had been under water. As for the team, this challenge will ultimately make us stronger.
Then, as with every season, we were presented with a ‘normal’ set of issues around the weather, adding further to our taxing season. The summer’s heat came quickly, and the ground once full of water was dry again, so we irrigated. Then the rain came, we stopped irrigating and waited for the weather to pass.
It then became cool, the length of the season caught up with us, and not everything ripened so sadly we ended up leaving fruit on the vines … including our iconic 1860 Shiraz!
The yields for the season, albeit low, have produced some very fine wines that embody the demands of this season, wines that we are extremely proud of and proud to share.
So, when you are lucky enough to drink a Tahbilk wine from the 2023 season, think of the season, and think of us.
Jo Nash - General Manager and Winemaker