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Tahbilk Shiraz 2006 Victoria Australia

Drunk June 2012

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The winery

The Tahbilk vineyards are sited 75 miles (120 km) north of Melbourne in Shire of Strathbogie in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria, near Nagambie. The name Tahbilk originated from the wineries location, Tabilk. The aboriginal people first referred to the site as "tabilk-tabilk" meaning "place of many waterholes", the 'h' being added in by Tahbilk Winery to assist the wines sale-ability in Europe. Until 2000, the winery was known as Chateau Tahbilk. The winery specialises  in Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne . It claims to have the largest, single holding of Marsanne in the world.

It also produces Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho, Grenache and Mourvedre. 

The wine

This is a non standard offering from Victoria, Australia. Aged in French oak for 18 months, this is a complex and structured wine.Plenty of heavy hitting fruits with a 14% alcohol level, tannins and peppery notes. It has displays the spicy after notes of a quality Shiraz. Very good indeed.