I recently had the opportunity to visit Tahbilk's historic cellar door. Every Australian wine enthusiast must do this at least once in their life time. The cellar door requires a couple of hours just to take in the various features, including the historic buildings and underground cellar which are open to the public without charge.
Tahbilk's wines are crafted using traditional techniques. What struck me most about the wines was their incredible longevity, in both the reds and the whites.
Sauvignon Blanc (2010) - 12.5%, $13 - a classical representation of the variety, with tropical notes flared across the nose and the palate - 92. This bottle was open and sampled during the course of one week, during which it remained fresh and without any degradation.
Chardonnay (2009) - 13%, $13 - a more traditional style of the variety, with vibrant fruit lifted by generous oak, buttery notes and refreshing acidity - 93. Great value. Similarly, this bottle was open and sampled during the course of six days, during which it remained fresh and without any degradation.
Cabernet Franc (2010) - 13%, $14 - Light bodied. A spicy palate with red and dark berry fruit, but needs more time. I initially scored this wine 88, but with several days exposure to the air it blossomed. The bouquet opened up, the tannins settled and the fruit rose to a new level. I finished the bottle seven days after it had been opened, by which time I amended the score to - 92.
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