It's pretty hard to go past any wine from Tahbilk, including their entry-level One Million Cuttings range.
Personally, cheap sparkling wine has me running for the hills, it's normally so bad. But the NV Tahbilk One Million Cuttings Sparkling is really very good. A classic Chardonnay / Pinot Noir blend, it has freshness, vibrancy, and a clean, dry finish. Absolute value here. Would we expect anything less from Tahbilk?
Sourced from premium Victorian fruit, this bottle-fermented sparkling wine is made from predominantly Chardonnay picked early to enhance freshness. A blend of 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Noir, the wine undergoes MLF, with French oak contact and extended time on lees.
A lovely expressive sparkling with a fine bead and persistent length of flavour. The palate is fresh and vibrant with hints of citrus and stonefruit with a slight creaminess on the finish. Well-balanced and vibrant this wine would make a delicious aperitif.
The name Tahbilk comes from the language of the Daung-wurrung clans, the first people in the area. They called it tabilk-tabilk which means place of many waterholes. Tahbilk Wines was established in 1860 in the Nagambie lakes sub region of Victoria’s Goulburn Valley. It is home to a unique meso-climate, influenced by inland lakes and lagoons fed from the Goulburn River. Purchased by the Purbrick family in 1925, Tahbilk is home to 5 generations. Tahbilk is home to 200 hectares of vine, including the traditional Rhone Valley varietals Marsanne, Viognier, Roussanne, Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. Classic varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho are also present. Tahbilk's flagship 1860 Vines Shiraz is produced from the estate’s original 1/2 ha of ungrafted, pre-phylloxera Shiraz vines that are amongst the oldest in the world.
A great value sparkling that punches well beyond it’s price point. The wine is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with the Chardonnay dominance of the blend coming through in terms of depth and mouthfeel. The nose has white peach, touches of citrus and brioche. The bead is fine, and beguiles the asking price, the palate is generously fruited with nectarine and green apple working against citrus and a touch of flint. Good length to finish.
Bright, light golden-yellow colour, a little lighter on the edge, the bubbles very fine and moderately persistent. This has a softly full nose with up-front aromas of yellow stonefruits and yeast-lees notes, along with subtle nutty elements and a suggestion of oak. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is softly full with flavours of yellow stonefruit, nutty notes and hints of yeast. The mouthfeel is rounded with a creamy effervescence balanced by fine, crisp, lively acidity providing freshness. The wine flows along a soft-textured line, leading to a light finish with moderate length. This is an up-front, softly rounded sparkling wine with stonefruit and nutty flavours and hints of yeast with balancing freshness. 16.5 / 20 Points