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Tahbilk 1927 Vines Marsanne 1998

Action shot ... tasting marsanne in the Tahbilk museum.

Tahbilk makes its 1927 Vines Marsanne in an entirely different way to its regular marsanne offering. In the words of winemaker/owner Alister Purbrick, ‘It’s not about the retention of aromatics; it’s about bottle age. It’s a different style for a different outcome and end-point.’ The intention with the 1927 Vines Marsanne is that it be capable of ageing for 30 to 40 years. It is not made to be consumed as a young wine.

Which means that the wines, for the first seven or eight years of their lives, are intensely acidic; they are difficult wines. Purbrick: “We don’t release any vintage (of 1927 Vines Marsanne) until it has won a trophy’. In other words; until it’s ready to drink.

The first three vintages (1998, 1999 and 2000) have won trophies at wine shows, and have been released. They only make 300 cases of the 1927 Vines Marsanne though they plan to increase this production to 500 cases. They have 13 acres of 1927 vines growing at Tahbilk and, clearly, not all of the grapes from these vines make it into the 1927 Vines release.

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Alcohol : 13%
Price : $40
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2013 - 2025
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