2002 Tahbilk Marsanne "1927 Vines" Nagambie Lakes Victoria
Deep gold; a delicious mixture of ripe stone fruit, pear and honey riding on a magic carpet of natural acidity. If you are prepared to gamble with the cork gods, go to it.
Wine & Spirits
Delicate floral energy drives this old-vine white, sustaining it across a decade of age and bringing up scents of wildflower honey and a tickle of green spice. The texture is rich and creamy, edged in a chalky acidity that makes it appetite inducing. Having established the potential of marsanne in their vineyards—first planted on site in the 1860s—the Purbrick family at Tahbilk has made this relatively rare Rhône variety one of their flagships.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2002 ‘1927 Vines’ Marsanne offers fragrant notes of cashews, preserved lemon peel, lemongrass and acacia honey with a gentle hint of orange blossom essence. Light-bodied and dry, with a fine line of refreshing acidity cutting through the evolved earthy and dried citrus peel flavors, it has a long, layered finish. Delicious now, it should keep to 2017+. (LPB)
This sings with spicy, creamy pear and lanolin flavors, finding restraint as the finish lingers enticingly. Cries out to accompany shellfish. Drink now through 2018.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale, bright straw. Lightly spicy and nutty lemon blossom and honeysuckle fragrance over delicate citrus aromas. Unusually fleshy and juicy for this wine, with a sweet core of vibrant fruit becoming more delicate, chalky and savory along the palate.
91+ points Neal Martin: "Tasted at the 150th anniversary vertical at St. John. This is beautifully defined on the nose with honeysuckle, dried flowers, a touch of green lemon and the mineralite really showing through with aeration. The palate is well balanced, very primal, light dried honey, dried mango, a little spice and honeycomb, very introverted towards the finish. Moderate length. Very fine. Drink 2015-2035. Tasted May 2010." (09/10)