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Tahbilk Eric Stevens Purbrick Shiraz 2007

Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
  • JH95
  • WS93
  • RP92
  • W&S91
  • WE90
14.5% ABV
  • JH94
  • W&S93
  • RP92
  • WS90
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Winemaker Notes

The fruit for this release was sourced predominately from vines planted on the Estate in the 1930's and has been made utilizing traditional Tahbilk techniques with fermentation takingplace in open oak vats, followed by a period of maturation in French and American oak for 18 months prior to bottling. A medium to full-bodied wine of solid structure, it exhibitsintricate aromas and flavors of blackberry and plum fruits with undertones of truffle, leather and game supported by firm tannins on a long and distinguished finish.

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JH 95
Australian Wine Companion
Shares the exceptional hue of the 1860 Vines, and a significant element of the fruit profile of that wine, all this from an unfancied year; it has black fruits, touches of pepper, licorice and spice, and the medium- to full-bodied palate has ripe tannins to carry it through the decades ahead.
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Focused, open-textured and elegant, balancing precise blackberry and plum fruit against hints of wet slate and toasted walnut, lingering on the refined finish. Has great presence and length without weight. Drink now through 2022.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet colored, the 2007 Eric Stevens Purbrick Shiraz is scented of blackberry compote and dried Chinese plums with underlying hints of tree bark, leather, game and damp earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is led by a solid structure of firm, chewy tannins and refreshing acid fleshed by muscular / savory flavors and finishing long. Drinking now, it should continue to cellar to 2020+.
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
Compellingly drinkable, this wine’s ripe plum flavors and sleek, mature tannins come together in a powerful finish. A touch of volatility adds complexity to the aroma, and melds into the smooth texture, making this shiraz ready to serve with any grilled meats.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
From an inland region of Victoria, this is a mature wine. The tannins are plentiful but soft, wrapped around a core of dried cherries and plums. Hints of cedar and brown sugar add the impression of sweetness, while notes of mint and cracked pepper bring freshness.
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Tahbilk, Australia
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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.


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A large, climatically diverse country producing just about every wine style imaginable, Australia is often misunderstood by consumers. It is not just a source of blockbuster Shiraz or inexpensive wine with cute critters on the label, though both can certainly be found here. It is impossible to make generalizations about a country this physically massive, but most regions are concentrated in the south of the country and experience either warm, dry weather, or more humid, tropical influence. Australia has for several decades been at the forefront of winemaking technology and has widely adopted the use of screwcaps, even for some premium and ultra-premium bottles.

Shiraz is indeed Australia’s most celebrated and widely planted variety, typically producing bold, supple reds with sweet, jammy fruit and performing best in the Barossa and Hunter Valleys. Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Shiraz, and also shines on its own particularly in Coonawarra and Margaret River. Grenache and Mourvèdre (often locally referred to as Mataro) are also popular, both on their own and alongside Shiraz in Rhône blends. Chardonnay is common throughout the country and made in a wide range of styles. Sauvignon Blanc has recently surged in popularity to compete with New Zealand’s distinctive version, and Semillon is often utilized as its blending partner, or in the Hunter Valley, on its own to make complex, age-worthy whites. Riesling thrives in the cool-climate Clare and Eden Valleys. Sticky-sweet fortified wine Rutherglen Muscat is a beloved regional specialty of Victoria. Thanks to the country’s relatively agreeable climate throughout and the openness of its people, experimentation is common and ongoing and there is a vast array of intriguing varieties to be found.


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Marked by unmistakable aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture, Syrah is capable of producing fascinatingly complex and long-lived wines with a stunning purple hue. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah’s best examples are found in Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. It is also an important component of the GSM blends of the Southern Rhône and beyond, alongside Grenache and Mourvèdre. Both varietal Syrah and GSM blends are common in Australia and California and are gaining popularity in Washington State. In Australia, Syrah is known by the synonym Shiraz, which tends to indicate a bolder, fruit-driven style of wine, and is occasionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon for added depth and structure.

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At its best, Syrah shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper, smoke, and even bacon fat. Many examples from California aim to recreate this savory style, while others focus more on concentrated fruit flavors. In Australia, under the name Shiraz, it shines as that country’s unofficial signature red grape, producing deep, dark, intense, and often jammy reds.

Perfect Pairings

Cool-climate Syrah, with its peppery spices, is a natural match with flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb dishes, where the spice is more about flavor than heat. With Australian Shiraz, grown in warmer regions, heavy meat dishes with abundant protein and fat are a necessity to match the intensity of the wine.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” this synonym for Syrah has been adopted by winemakers throughout the world. If the label says “Shiraz,” you can typically expect a plush, fruity, and potent wine made in the Australian style. New World "Syrah" will generally more closely resemble the French style.

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