Very dark red black color. Intensely ripe and deep fruit cake plum and black currant aromas - it's almost South Australian. Dense and concentrated palate stacks plenty of weight into the mix. A lovely wine.
All great wines are made as much in the vineyard as they are in the winery. Commenced by the current generation's father Eric with a Shiraz from the 1948 harvest, the best fruit from each vintage is put aside for release as what were then known as 'Special Bin', then 'Reserve' and now 'Eric Stevens Purbrick'. They are wines that set the upper level benchmark for reds at Tahbilk and quite simply are the finest they do.
"The 2005 Eric Stevens Purbrick Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet in color with intense cassis and mint aromas over subtler notes of pencil shavings, truffles, soy and black olive. Tightly knit, the condensed palate is finely constructed with medium-high acid and a firm level of grainy tannins. Still appearing very youthful, this wine should be at its best from 2014-2024+."
The Wine Advocate
"Strong red-purple; blackcurrant fruit; tannins slightly dry; not entirely certain where this is headed.
Australian Wine Companion
"Not a fruit bomb at all, this is a harmonious Cabernet, one that gracefully combines cedar and vanilla from oak aging with richly textured cassis fruit. It's full bodied and firmly sturctured, with a long, elegant finish. Drink 2014-2020."