Tahbilk Eric Stevens Purbrick Shiraz 2008 (Nagambie Lakes, Goulburn Valley, Vic)
14.5%, Screwcap, $69.50
Interesting to see this in a (blind) lineup of younger wines. Looked more like a 10 year old red than six. Still, there is something quite ageless about these Tahbilk reds – they really do live forever.
Mid red. Some light bricking. Aged Shiraz nose – wet brick, leather, red plums, looks rather warm climate. Coffeed, very rich palate has lovely sweet fruit, highish alcohol and a soft finish with red earth and an oak punctuation. Warm year wine that is quite advanced, but also rather rich and dense – none of the awkwardness under/overripeness of the Cabernet. Nice soft finish helps, with the warmth of the year making this more caramelised and sweet.
Not without charm, but just a fraction soft and forward for big love.
Tasted: July 2014
Score: 17.5/20, 91/100
Would I buy it? Hard to justify at this price. Will live and live though.
Buy online: Tahbilk website