Kenny is in Australia and visiting some of the best wine regions on a fact finding mission. Mission 1 was Tahbilk
Established in 1860 Tahbilk is one of Australia's most beautiful & historic wineries. Located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (120kms north of Melbourne), one of Australia’s premium viticultural areas, the property comprises some 1,214 hectares of rich river flats with a frontage of 11 kms to the Goulburn River and 8 kms of permanent backwaters & creeks
In 1993 the Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation set up a Geographical Indications Committee to identify and redefine viticultural regions throughout Australia.
It became important to Tahbilk to determine why the region (now known as Nagambie Lakes) produces distinctive premium and super-premium quality red and white table wines, and what it is that sets it apart not only from other Australian wine regions but also other regions around the world.
Two factors were identified which, when combined, give Nagambie Lakes a unique position in the world of wine.
Firstly, Nagambie Lakes is the only Australian wine region, and one of only six worldwide, where the meso-climate is dramatically influenced by inland water mass. The effect of the many Lakes and Lagoons (which are linked by the Goulburn River) is a more moderate and cooler than expected climate.
Secondly, the region has a unique soil type (duplex 2.2) which is only found in one other location in Victoria. The soil is red/sandy loam and is so coloured because of the very high Ferric-oxide content, which has a positive effect on grape quality and adds a certain distinctive regional character to the wines.
- Founded in 1860
- Vineyard Region: Nagambie Lakes, Victoria
- Chief Winemakers: Alister Purbrick, Alan George (married Debbie Purbrick), Neil Larson.
- Landmark Wines: Tahbilk "1860 Vines" Shiraz, Tahbilk "Eric Stevens Purbrick" Shiraz, Tahbilk "Eric Stevens Purbrick" Cabernet Sauvignon, Tahbilk "1927 Vines" Marsanne.
- Regional Heroes: Tahbilk Marsanne, Tahbilk Viognier, Tahbilk Shiraz, Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon.