Tahbilk Marsanne 1927 Vines 2014
Old vines do it better. The biggest single holding of marsanne in the world is also home to some of the oldest marsanne vines in existence. This cuvee is a completely different beast from the Museum Release counterpart; the grapes have been picked weeks earlier to retain natural acidity and the alcohol is only 11%, very much similar to Hunter Valley Semillon. Like a good Hunter Semillon, this wine is in its very early stages.
The nose is expressive but composed, with plenty of flinty minerals, citrus pith and crushed lemongrass. Oh, let’s not forget about the classic honeysuckle element that shines through beautifully. Lime juice, pineapple and kiwifruit (all spiced up by freshly grated ginger) make the palate fresh and extremely mouthwatering while a slight oiliness mellows its tautness.
Patience is required to see its full potential.