Mid To Deep Crimson with a tawny edge. After decanting massive berry, earthy aromas with nuances of mint and cocoa. On the palate essence of Heathcote Shiraz - so much depth together with incredible length and fine resolved tannins. Drinking at its peak on its 21st Birthday. Dry plum notes at the finish. With time aromas of coffee/mocha developing. Like all great wines they keep changing after a 21 year slumber. The 15.5% ABV whilst high is not noticeable. Jasper Hill - a big reason for putting Heathcote on the map as a quality viticultural area. An example of why one cellars wines. — 7 days ago
Currant and perfume on the nose with some vanilla and subtle saline minerality. Full bodied dark fruits, velvet on the tongue, great mouthfeel. Tight, moderately tannic, then a smooth prolonged finish.
(Opened on my dad’s 80th) — 2 months ago
Vibrant color and gorgeous bouquet, in terrific shape for a 25 year old wine. Soft and expressive, really lovely. Perfect match for butterflied lamb leg! — a month ago
A little background first. Marsanne is one of the world’s rarest grape varieties originating in the Northern Rhone and Hermitage regions of France. It is grown in only 3 other countries, Australia, USA and Switzerland. Tahbilk holds the largest and oldest single holding of the variety in the world. Located in Central Victoria 120 kilometres north of Melbourne and originally established in 1860. Purchased by the Purbrick Family in 1925 and now run by the 5 th generation of that family. As to the wine itself - Mid Lemon in colour. Nose of citrus, honeysuckle and a touch of mouldy oranges. On the palate medium to full bodied - Marsanne is one of those white varieties that put on weight with age. Verging on unctuous like other Rhone varieties like Roussanne and Viognier. Amazing QPR - I paid $15 for this at Dan Murphys. They have another Marsanne cuvée of vines planted in 1927 which is a bit dearer. I wish I had bought a dozen! Delicious! — 2 months ago
Nose of cassis, violet, and some subtle eucalyptus and black pepper.
Ripe and juicy (not jammy) currant and cherry with well balanced acidity and med+ fine tannins. Touch of dark chocolate.
Really impressive stuff. Pretty elegant given the high alcohol. Just the kind of wine I like to pair with the right food (ribeye in this case): not overly complex but juicy, pure fruit with nice structure. — 7 days ago
Similar notes to 117 weeks ago although on this occasion it showed better than then. The impression of trying to over finesse wines from an area like Heathcote remains, however it did show meaty and spicy notes and presented as more Northern Rhone in style than Heathcote. This is Alain Graillots Australian venture. — a month ago
Very very smooth Shiraz. — 23 days ago