2002 Tahbilk Marsanne "1927 Vines" Nagambie Lakes Victoria

SKU #1089393 96 points James Halliday

 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.  (12/2011)

95 points 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.  (10/2013)

92 points 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)  (6/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (7/2013)

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.  (8/2003)

K&L Notes

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)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/4/2012 | Send Email
One of the most unique wines produced in Victoria. A beautiful aged Marsanne from vines planted in 1927. Some of the oldest vines of their kind in the world. This wine is rich and honeyed in texture and style. A great drinking experience.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2012 | Send Email
Wow, clearly one of my favorite Aussie whites ever tasted. I gave this an A+ in our staff tasting, something that NEVER happens. I'm just smitten. It's like a well aged northern Rhone mixed with an ultra dry trocken Riesling. Crunchy mineral, petrol, hazelnut and vibrant white berries. A true gem and worth twice the price.

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- If you've ever enjoyed the white wines of France's Rhône Valley, then you've probably inhaled the intoxicating honeysuckle and almond perfume of Marsanne. Most often blended with Roussanne and, increasingly, Viognier, Marsanne adds body and perfume to the wines of St-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and St-Péray. It also planted in small amounts in Australia and the United States, where California's Rhône Rangers have embraced it. Aliases include Ermitage, Hermitage Blanc, Marsana and Grosse Roussette.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.