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2010 Tahbilk 1860 Vines Shiraz


Our Price: $249.00 / bottle (RRP: $323.00) Case: 3 x 750 ml
'Rarely has a wine had such intense power and drive built on such a pure fruit core.' 
99 Points - James Halliday
  • As original as the Tahbilk Estate itself, these un-grafted, pre-phylloxera Shiraz plantings are amongst the oldest in the world and were nominated by renowned USA Wine & Spirits magazine as one of the 25 Great Vineyards of the World.
    Since the inaugural offering from the 1979 vintage, the ‘1860 Vines’ Shiraz releases have become most sought after and collectable, cementing their place as being an authentic piece of liquid history.
    Having  survived droughts, fires, frosts, floods, phylloxera and any other ‘nasty’ that could be thrown at them, it is indeed very special to be celebrating the 150th vintage harvested from these august and exceptional vines with this 2010 vintage release.


    The 1860 Vines Shiraz typically possesses violet, herb-garden, blackberry, spicy chocolaty aromas, loose-knit, gravelly tannin structures and underlying savoury oak. With age it develops a sinuous structure and roasted-chestnut, espresso characters. In many respects it is an old-fashioned style but the wine evokes a great tradition and compelling sense of history.


    Tahbilk's '1860 Vines' Shiraz is produced from a 1/2 hectare un-grafted, pre-phylloxera original Estate planting - amongst the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. After careful handpicking, fermentation takes place in century old oak vats followed by maturation in French oak for 18 months prior to bottling and then a further 4 years "bottle-aging" before release. Appropriately an original Tahbilk label dating back to the 1870's has been tailored for this rare and unique wine.

    Since its inaugural release in 1979 this piece of liquid history has become one of the most sought after and collectable wines throughout the world.

    Tahbilk '1860 Vines' Shiraz are listed as "Outstanding" in Australian wine auctioneers - Langton's Classification of Australian Wine V - the noted reference to Australia's secondary (auction) wine market - being a "high performing wine of exquisite quality".

    In 2002 U.S. Wine & Spirits Magazine nominated the Tahbilk 1860 Vines plantings as one of the 25 Great Vineyards of the World along with the likes of Hermitage La Chapelle, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Yquem, Vega Sicilia and Krug. The vineyards selected were those where the terroir ‘is most clearly perceptible in the wine’.

    The same publication also listed the 1860 Vines Shiraz as one of the ‘Best Wines of the Year’ in its 2005 Annual International Buying Guide.

  • James Halliday - Winery of the Year 2016

    'The colour is very bright, the bouquet intriguing and complex, but it's the palate that sends the senses into overdrive. Rarely has a wine had such intense power and drive built on such a pure fruit core, relegating the 100% new French oak and tannins to a background role. Even better than the '09. 191 dozen made.
    99 Points - James Halliday

    The Tahbilk story reeks of history, tradition, old-world winemaking mantrasm and this is the extraordinary essence of all of it. It is made from a slowly diminishing block planted in 1860, so volume is small, but what’s packed into it is larger than many lives, filling your nose with earthy, leafy, bush-hewn smells. This wine is amazingly powerful yet surprisingly medium-bodied with
    flawless sophistication.”
    Tony Love ~ Melbourne Herald Sun

    “Lovely concentration of fruit, clusters of red berries and fine-grained integrated tannins, plus some lively forward-facing acid structure ensuring plenty of life ahead of this exceptional expression of a warmer year.”
    Drinks Trade Magazine

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