Tahbilk 1994 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Goulburn Valley)
Opens with a taut but full bouquet of dense, black plum fruit and eucalytpus accents that blend into seductive licorice and dark cherry flavors and a fat chewy texture. Finishes long, with rich flavors and full even tannins. This wine is still just a baby, with a great life ahead of it.
Tahbilk 1994 1860 Vines Shiraz (Goulburn Valley)
The nose of this wine is exceedingly complex, with lavender, leather, earth and spice notes riding over gentle red fruits. Multilayered, with a long finish that just exudes class.
Tahbilk 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon
The “legs” on this wine are thick and gluey, the visible sign of enormous extract. One sniff and taste confirm that. This is a big, sturdy wine, stuffed with wild berry flavors, and very dry. But beware, the tannins are outsized. Have it with red meat-based foods or age for up to a decade.
Tahbilk 1996 1860 Vines Shiraz (Nagambie Lakes)
This is a wine that feels old-fashioned but still not ready to drink. It smells nutty and dusty, with black pepper and anise accents. Its plum fruit core is wound very tightly, and encased in a fair amount of good-quality oak. Tannins are thick and wooly, so much so that I’d forget that I even had this in the cellar…
Tahbilk 2000 1860 Vines Shiraz (Nagambie Lakes)
There’s just 350 cases produced of this terrific wine, which has light tobaccoey aromas layered over cherry pie. It just floods the front palate with juicy fruit: raspberry, a hint of cranberry, even quince. It’s pure, focused, juicy and sophisticated. Finishes medium-long. Imported by Broadbent Selections, Inc.
Tahbilk 2000 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Nagambie Lakes)
The aromas are just beautiful: Inhale deeply and there’s spice, nut, cassis and gumtree notes. Has wooly, textured tannins that grip the midpalate firmly, along with plum and almond paste notes that carry on through the finish. A real pleasure; drink after 2008. Imported by Broadbent Selections, Inc.
Tahbilk 2005 Eric Stevens Purbrick Shiraz (Nagambie Lakes)
At six years of age, this wine shows finely integrated fruit and oak, with the two merging seamlessly into shadings of cedar, meat, spice cake and leather. It’s full bodied and intense, solidly built; firm without being tough and crisp without being hard-edged. Drink now–2020.
Tahbilk 2005 Eric Stevens Purbrick Cabernet Sauvignon (Nagambie Lakes)
Not a fruit bomb at all, this is a harmonious Cabernet, one that gracefully combines cedar and vanilla from oak aging with richly textured cassis fruit. It’s full bodied and firmly structured, with a long, elegant finish. Drink 2014–2020.