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A crisp, precise example of the fragrant Rhône grape marsanne, showing at this youthful stage of its long life intense lemon pith and complex spice flavours. The characteristic almondy note and lanolic feel that come with time are perceptible already. Its drink window is slowly opening, but this nectar is not to be rushed.This wine features in our current Great Savings offer and can be purchased with an unmixed dozen saving on code WS-AU18519.
Product Code: AU18511
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Yorkshire Post 23rd Jul 2016
remains one of the few 100 per cent Marsanne wines from Australia and should
be on any keen wine taster's checklist (£9.50, the Wine Society). It combines
apricot and lemon pith freshness with a layer of baking spices and almonds. - Christine Austin
"Interesting note ...given this wine is unoaked. The mealy, breadcrusty, vanillin aromas are a classic signature of Nagambie Lakes Marsanne. This is a superb example for silly money - ages 10+ years, too.
Dr Stephan Muller (28-Feb-2014)
"I found this wine to be technically sound, but so over-oaked that the whole drinking experience was unpleasant. The advertised crispness was lost in a vanilla blanket and the 'honeysuckle fragrance' nowhere to be found.
I have never liked oak in the quantities sometimes used in Australia and this was in my view a prime example of how not to do it. It is possible that this was a one-off, but it was a real disappointment."
Mr Iain Perring (26-Aug-2013)
"What a superb glass of wine - honeysuckle, peach, apricot...the nose is so interesting it takes a little reminding to get round to actually drinking it. And the taste doesn't disappoint! Particularly recommended for any viognier fans out there who fancy a change."
Ms Katy Benson (23-Oct-2011)
"A lovely wine. Intriguing nose of intense honeysuckle. I taste honeysuckle and suggestions of pear, cooked banana?, honey, and a mineral and almost steely acidity."
Mr Andrew Watson (17-Nov-2015)
"An extremely interesting wine, the nose will have you dipping in and out for hours. Mineral and complex. Top aussie producer, superb prices."
Mr Thomas Choong (14-Sep-2015)
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Located 120km north of Melbourne in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria, Tahbilk is a winery steeped in tradition, having a continuous winemaking history since 1860. The original cellars are still in use today and the property is classified by the National Trust of Australia. Tahbilk excels in the white Rhône grapes of marsanne, roussanne, viognier, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz as well as many other classic varieties. All are planted in premium cooler-climate sites covering around 200 hectares. Tahbilk claims to have the largest single holdings of marsanne vines in the world, with even older marsanne and shiraz vines than those in the Rhône itself. The excellent Tahbilk Marsanne has long had a dedicated following by members due to its complexity and ability to develop into the familiar honeysuckle fragrance and character traditionally associated with the variety. The Purbrick family have been owners since 1927 and have been supplying The Society since the 1960s. Currently at the helm is fourth-generation Alister Purbrick, who is head winemaker as well as chief executive. In 2005 Tahbilk opened its substantial wetlands project which has helped to win it awards in for its wine tourism and environmental initiatives. Significantly, Tahbilk is also part of Australia’s First Families of Wine, a trade alliance of 12 family-owned businesses.
Victoria is the southernmost state on the Australian mainland and contains within its borders a diverse collection of terroirs, perhaps the most varied within Australia. This diversity has helped the state to earn an enviable reputation for the quality of its wines, the areas that they hail from and its wineries.It has a long history since the first settlers in the region planted vines, but the catalyst for expansion was the gold rush of the mid-19th century which saw many a vineyard established. This promising start was stalled dramatically by the arrival of phylloxera in the 1870’s and to this day the Victoria produce less than half the amount produced in neighbouring South Australia despite having many more vineyards. Despite its small size (it is the smallest state other than Tasmania) it has an amazing diversity of terroirs, from the dry, torrid north-east where fortified wines are king, to the positively chilly by comparison Mornington Peninsula due south of Melbourne on the coast. It also embraces a fair chunk of the Murray Darling region where irrigation makes the vast expanses of vineyard a possibility and from where three quarters of the state’s grape yield derives.The Yarra Valley is a short car ride to the north of Melbourne, and has a wide selection of tourist diversions to prove it. It also has an array of excellent estates and vineyards at various elevations and in a variety of soils, from clay and sand to volcanic. Rediscovered in the 1960s and prized for its cool nights and warm, sunny days, it has become synonymous with excellent pinot noirs and elegant, intense chardonnays that are doing much to reclaim Australia’s reputation for the variety. Shiraz has also proved a success in a more restrained style.To the south of Melbourne, and benefiting fully from an unrelenting oceanic influence on its doorstep is the Mornington Peninsula. Surrounded by the Southern Ocean and Port Phillip Bay on three sides, and moderated by the breezes these expanses of water generate the summer climate on the peninsula is for the most part temperate. This is a region of small estates producing some of the most elegant and refined pinot noirs in the new world let alone Australia. The soils vary from volcanic deposits to sandy clay and after pinot noir there is fine chardonnay and an increasing volume of pinot gris. Close to Melbourne the area of Geelong enjoys a windy, maritime climate but is slightly warmer, making plump pinot and some delicious shiraz and chardonnay.In the north-east lies one of the great wine regions of Australia, though it is not shiraz, or chardonnay nor riesling for which it is famed, but rather the muscat grape, made into a fortified treasure that is unique to the area and which is one of Australia’s great vinous jewels. Rutherglen Liqueur Muscats, and Muscadelles, can hold their head up in the company of any great port, sherry or Madeira for their rich, complex, silky and concentrated character. The summers here are torrid, the landscape arid and the grapes full of sugar. And the red table wines made are dense, brooding examples that are improving all the time. But it is the joyous fortifieds that steal the show.
South Australia had a mixed 2015, with a cool start to the season but a warm finish that meant the harvest came all at once, and some wineries felt the pressure on tank space. Drought pressure continues to be an issue in many parts of SA too. Victoria and Tasmania, meanwhile, had a near perfect vintage, with moderate spring rainfall and a warm summer with no extreme spikes. A dry and cool March lead to a very clean and easy harvest. Western Australia has had a decade of good vintages, but 2015 was a little trickier mainly due to birds devouring the lion’s share of the grapes in some vineyards, and poor flower set thanks to rain or hail. The grapes that did make it to harvest, however, look excellent but yields are significantly down.New South Wales endured an indifferent vintage in the main, with rain at inopportune times. Canberra and Orange were the only areas to report success on any scale, though the best wineries wherever they are will have made the right decisions to achieve the best outcome.
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