Tahbilk Winery Old Vines Cabernet Shiraz 2017

Tahbilk Winery Old Vines Cabernet Shiraz 2017

Tahbilk Winery Old Vines Cabernet Shiraz 2017

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Winemaking and Drinking

Established in 1860 and renowned for its commitment to sustainability and quality, Tahbilk consistently produces wines that embody both tradition and innovation. Among its distinguished offerings, the Tahbilk Winery Old Vines Cabernet Shiraz 2017 shines as a stellar example of their craftsmanship.

Tasting Notes

The Tahbilk Old Vines Cabernet Shiraz 2017 is a harmonious blend of two classic varietals, showcasing the depth and complexity that comes with mature vines. On the nose, intense aromas of ripe blackberries, plums, and dark cherries greet the senses, complemented by hints of vanilla, cedar, and a subtle earthiness. The palate is rich and full-bodied, with flavors echoing the bouquet alongside nuances of chocolate, spice, and a touch of tobacco leaf. The tannins are silky yet firm, providing structure to the wine's lingering finish, which is marked by notes of espresso and black pepper.

Awards and Accolades

This exceptional vintage has garnered recognition from esteemed wine critics and competitions worldwide. Notably, the Tahbilk Old Vines Cabernet Shiraz 2017 has received accolades such as:

  • Gold Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards: Celebrated for its outstanding quality and complexity.
  • 95 points, James Halliday Wine Companion: Recognized for its excellence and aging potential.
  • Silver Medal, International Wine Challenge: Praised for its balance and depth of flavor.

These accolades underscore the wine's exceptional quality and its standing among the best of Australian winemaking.

Winemaking Philosophy

Crafted from vines that are over 50 years old, the Tahbilk Old Vines Cabernet Shiraz is a testament to the winery's dedication to preserving heritage while embracing modern techniques. The grapes are hand-harvested and undergo meticulous sorting before fermentation in traditional open vats. Aging in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels enhances the wine's complexity without overpowering its distinct varietal characteristics. The result is a wine that beautifully marries the richness of Cabernet Sauvignon with the spicy allure of Shiraz, creating a truly distinctive expression of the Nagambie Lakes terroir.

Pairing Suggestions

Enjoy the Tahbilk Old Vines Cabernet Shiraz 2017 with hearty dishes such as grilled ribeye steak, slowcooked lamb shanks, or aged cheddar cheese. Its robust flavors and refined structure make it a versatile companion to both rustic and refined cuisines.

In conclusion, the Tahbilk Winery Old Vines Cabernet Shiraz 2017 stands as a testament to Tahbilk's legacy of excellence and innovation. From its deep, complex flavors to its numerous accolades, this wine embodies the essence of Australian winemaking at its finest. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, it promises a memorable tasting experience that celebrates tradition, terroir, and the artistry of the winemaker.

Wine TypeRed wine
ProducerTahbilk Winery
VarietyCabernet Shiraz
Volume750 mL