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Australia, Victoria


Tahbilk '1860 Vines' Shiraz 2009

Tahbilk '1860 Vines' Shiraz 2009 from some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world

Tasting Notes

Feb 2018 - For most people’s perception of what an Aussie Shiraz is supposed to taste like, this amazing and elegant wine would not even be on their radar screen. This is about as opposite of what most have ever tried or have been exposed to. Sourced from a small plot of Shiraz vines that can trace their origins back to 1860, these are reported to be the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. The nose is very much Old World in its slant, no doubt the extra bottle age has helped bring about some alluring tertiary aromatic features. Lifted spice and earth come to the fore with leather, shades of cedar and tobacco all chiming in, with very vibrant red fruit at it aromatic core. This is all about refinement and balance on its medium bodied frame, smooth in texture, with ultra-fine tannins working in harmony with the red fruit flavors, suggesting that this has a good number of years in front of it. Perfectly balanced between fruit, tannin and acidity this has length galore and even without heft this has concentration and fruit to carry the day. Having worked this for several days we can only say this is pure class, and as James Halliday noted, liquid history.

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

98 pts James Halliday
Has retained excellent hue: this is truly liquid history, as every one of the vines was planted in 1860, with no replants - just ever-increasing gaps where vines have died. This is a super-elegant, perfectly balanced, medium-bodied wine, the flavours encompassing black cherry, plum and dried herb, fine tannins and high quality French oak providing the gently savoury finish.

Winemaker Notes

Tahbilk's '1860 Vines' Shiraz is produced from a 1/2 hectare un-grafted, pre-phylloxera original Estate planting - amongst the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. After careful handpicking, fermentation takes place in century old oak vats followed by maturation in French oak for 18 months prior to bottling and then a further 4 years "bottle-aging" before release. Appropriately an original Tahbilk label dating back to the 1870's has been tailored for this rare and unique wine

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Chemical Analysis




12.5% alcohol by volume




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