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Tahbilk Eric Stevens Purbrick Shiraz 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
  • JH94
  • W&S93
  • RP92
  • WS90
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Winemaker Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

JH 94
Australian Wine Companion

Red-purple, clear and bright; dark fruits/blackberry/licorice/tar aromas and flavours, oak playing a minimal role; excellent balance and length; years to go.

W&S 93
Wine & Spirits

Alister Purbruck named his top selection of shiraz for his grandfather, who made the wine at Tahbilk from 1931 to 1978. This vintage starts out meaty, with black satin tannins and formidable cherry confit fruit. What seems straightforward and luscious develops into a complex and refined pleaseure over the course of several days. It's a cracious shiraz, leaving room for food, particularly rack of lamb.

RP 92
The Wine Advocate

Barely showing any signs of development, the 2005 Eric Stevens Purbrick Shiraz reveals a deep garnet-purple color. Dark cherry and blackberry aromas dominate the nose with some savory, meaty notes and touch of damp earth. Crisp and very tight, this medium to full-bodied wine has a medium to high level of rounded tannins and a long finish. This wine should be approachable from 2012 and drinking well through 2022+.

WS 90
Wine Spectator

Supple, ripe, complex and meaty, with savory flavors playing against focused plum and spice notes, expressed through an open frame. Shows deftness and length. Drink now through 2019.

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Tahbilk, , Australia
Tahbilk
Established in 1860 Tahbilk is one of Australia's most beautiful & historic wineries, located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (120kms north of Melbourne) one of the nation's premium viticultural areas.

The property comprises some 1,214 hectares of rich river flats with a frontage of 11 kms to the Goulburn River and 8 kms of permanent backwaters & creeks.

The vineyard comprises 168 hectares of vines which include the rare Rhone whites of Marsanne, Viognier & Roussanne, along with classical varieties such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc & Verdelho.

Best known for sweet, fizzy white wines but also producing some more serious reds...

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Best known for sweet, fizzy white wines but also producing some more serious reds, Asti is both a town and a province in the northeastern Italian region of Piedmont. The best vineyard sites are reserved for Barbera, which can produce some of its best and most age-worthy iterations here as Barbera d’Asti. Other red varieties grown here include Freisa, Grignolino, and Dolcetto, which can be bottled varietally or blended into Barbera.

The wines consumers most commonly associate with Asti, however, are Asti (formerly known as Asti Spumante), and Moscato d’Asti. Both are playful, aromatic, and made from the Muscat grape, but Asti is less sweet, fully fizzy, and more alcoholic (yet still clocking in at only around 9% ABV) while Moscato d’Asti is sweeter, gently sparkling (“frizzante”), and closer to 5 or 6% ABV. Each is produced in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fresh and fruity flavors of the grape, which include peach, apricot, lychee, and rose petal.

Singularly aromatic, often sweet, and always enjoyable...

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Singularly aromatic, often sweet, and always enjoyable, Muscat never takes itself too seriously. Muscat is actually an umbrella name for a diverse set of grapes, some of which are genetically related while others are not. The two most important versions are Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains and Muscat of Alexandria, the former being of considerably higher quality. Both are grown throughout the world and can be made in a wide range of styles, from dry and aromatic wines to sweet and richly perfumed dessert wines. It is well known in Italy's Piedmont region for Moscato d’Asti, a slightly sparkling semi-sweet wine that is refreshing and low in alcohol.

In the Glass

Muscat wines possess intense aromatics of peaches, rose petals, geranium, orange blossom, and lychee, often with a hint of sweet spice, and always with a uniquely grapey character that is uncommon in other wines.

Perfect Pairings

Thanks to its naturally low alcohol levels, Muscat is a perfect match for spicy Asian cuisine, especially when the wine has a little bit of residual sugar. Off-dry Muscat can work well with lighter desserts like key lime pie and lemon meringue, while fully sweet Muscat-based dessert wines are enjoyable after dinner with an assortment of cheeses.

Sommelier Secret

Muscat is one of the oldest known grape varieties, dating as far back as the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Pliny the Elder wrote in the 13th century of a sweet, perfumed grape variety so attractive to bees that he referred to it as uva apiana, or “grape of the bees.” Most likely, he was describing one of the Muscat varieties.

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