Wine of the Month: Tahbilk 2013 Marsanne
Tahbilk have several version of Marsanne and this is the one that will win your heart. A little known fact is that Tahbilk claim to have the largest, single holding of the variety in the world. It certainly has a long history with the Rhone grape with plantings dating back to 1927 and you can buy wines made from that particular planting under their ‘1927 Vines’ label, or buy this fresh faced version.
This 2013 vintage is looking remarkably prettywith spicy floral notes to the sun ripened pear and zesty lime held together with some minerality. In the mouth, the floral notes become distinctly rose-like. A dry white that is juicy, medium bodied and has plenty of taut length. The flavour continues to build in the mouth and takes on a savoury edge which adds dimension to the otherwise pure fruit.
A wine that is good on its own although it equally does justice to food too. Tahbilk is one of those family wineries that consistently over deliver on quality at these price points. These Marsannes are also very cellar worthy. If you purchase it direct from the winery, you can purchase it under $15 and for that price I would be buying a dozen and drinking half now while pretty and fresh and the rest over the next decade.
Here is the review that I wrote for the 2009 vintage just as a comparison.
Date: 1 November 2013 Price: $19 Value: $$$ Drink: Now – 7+ years