Tahbilk holds a special place in Victorian wine history, being one of the very few cool climate wineries in the State to have a continuous production history of table wines dating from the boom years of the mid nineteenth century to today. It was a time when Victorian regions such as Geelong and Melbourne itself loomed large in Australian wine, and some of the sensibilities of today such as cool climate viticulture and grape varieties, tentatively took root before being grubbed out starting with the devastating arrival of phylloxera in Geelong in 1877. In the 1880s, the aphid arrived in Nagambie and remains there today, but some vines at Tahbilk survived in the flood levels of the Goulburn before grafting to phylloxera resistant rootstocks became widely understood.
Fast forward to 2010, and Tahbilk remains strong, and this, their 2010 cabernet sauvignon is of great interest. It is bright in the glass, with a deep purple in colour. Aromatically, there is a medium intensity expression of cedar, blackcurrant and dusty notes of Australian bush florals, for want of a better of expression. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium acid, medium body, fine grained tannins, and flavours of cedar, blackberry, blackcurrant and a little longer than medium finish. Overall, the 2010 cabernet sauvignon presents itself as balanced, with nice line and length backed by good fruit. It is hard to call this as anything other than a very good wine, and a strong vintage. A tick from me. Good to Very Good
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