Hoke wrote: Bob, AFAIK, after Bartholomew Broadbent labored for several years to keep Tahbilk extant in the U.S., he finally gave up and sold back most of the remaining stock to Alex Purbrick. Since then, I don't believe Tahbilk has been coming in to the U.S. market. Sad.
Like you, I treasure the Tahbilk Marsanne, and some of the well aged Tahbilk Shiraz and Cabs were simply phenomenal wines...although they were getting too pricey for my purse just before they disappeared.
Thanks for the reply Hoke, As you know the Tahbilk is probably my favorite white wine from anywhere. I also like the Tahbilk 1860 vines shiraz (and others) which I think is a better wine that the Penfolds Grange. That is simply my opinion you understand. My reasoning is that I like a wine to have more nuance than most reds from OZ have including the Grange. Grange is however a great wine and world class in quality as well as in price. The 1860 vines is a rather more refined, more nuanced, and more feminine in nature. Again IMO only. I once put the 1860 beside Grange at Mo'Cool and was surprised that few attendees had ever heard of it. BTW, it held it's own against such an august opponent. I think I have a few bottles left of the 1860 vines, but with prices well above the century mark, I doubt I will be able to withstand the price in the future. BTW, Tahbilk is now imported by Epic wines. which can be found at http://www.epic-wines.com/public/portfo ... ++++++++++
Another BTW, I was recently able to procure 2 bottles of the 1927 vines 2002 Marsanne for $36 per which I thought was a decent price. I believe the 2002 is the current release of the 1927 vines...can't wait for an occasion to try it. Might get some WLDG'ers to an offline in Cincinnati sometime in the near future.
Giving some credit and thanks, One year when Robin was in OZ to judge at the big competition he stopped at Tahbilk and picked up a bottle of their Rousanne (not exported) and hand carried it back to Kentucky for me. What a guy!