Tahbilk Marsanne 2013 (Goulburn Valley, Vic)
12.5%, Screwcap, $18.80
‘As Tahbilk’s fourth generation winemaker, I would love to share the Estate’s story’
That’s Alister Purbrick, in the release notes of this wine, Hard to tell a Tahbilk story without referencing Marsanne methinks – Marsanne and Shiraz. You know what the only problem is? This wine – the most famous Tahbilk Marsanne – is a boring wine young. It smells quite tropical this year (aromatic yeasts?) along with the trademark honeysuckle, but the palate, as usual, is simple, chalky and mono-dimensional. There is some grip there, but unless you’d tasted a Tahbilk Marsanne with some age on it you’d dismiss this as a non-descript white wine.
The caterpillar, desperately in need of 3-5 years to make the butterfly stage.