Since our last bulletin, it's been business as usual up here at Tibooburra.
The vineyard is continuing to flourish, with increased vine age now beginning to reflect in the complexity and character of each new vintage.
While much of our fruit continues to background some of the most prestigious labels in Victoria, we reserve the very best parcels for the Tibooburra estate and Solitude labels.
Our current line-up includes two new wines from the 2016 vintage: the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, our 2015 Solitude Shiraz and our stayer: the 2010 3-clone Merlot.
Each of these wines offers something unique and appealing, and collectively we believe they represent our strongest line up yet in terms of quality and value for money.
The 2016 Tibooburra Chardonnay has a hint of creaminess and subtle oak infusion balancing the usual mineral and citrusy characters of the vineyard. Beautifully balanced and mouth-watering, it is drinking well now, but will age beautifully. It is a seriously good single vineyard wine for under $30.
The 2016 Tibooburra Pinot Noir is a beauty from a low yielding parcel. It has already found its way onto some impressive lists including Barrique(Healesville) and The Hills (Surrey Hills). Fans of Burgundy are loving this wine's seductive perfume, soft, silky texture and underlying hints of forest floor & game.
The 2015 Solitude Shiraz - with its northern Rhone attributes - is a dark horse, showing just how good Yellingbo can be in producing non-traditional varieties. It is rocking at some of Melbourne top steakhouses, but would just as soon sit well beside a burger, pizza or spaghetti bolognaise. Ben Thomas of The Melbourne Weekly Review described it as a "perfumed, funky beast of a wine" . Be your own judge, but just one tip: a quick decanter will allow it to open up and show its true potential.
Our 2010 3-clone Merlot completes the mix. Plum, cassis, mulberry, cigar box and olive tapenade, cured meats ... it's all there, with a few Cabernet nuances as part of the backstory. Some of you would have tried this wine in its youth, and it is worth revisiting to see how beautifully this variety can evolve with some patient cellaring.
Now is a great time to restock with a selection from this impressive mix.
These are wines to be enjoyed in the company of good friends, good food and open fires!
As usual, we are happy to offer a 10 % discount to our Friends of Tibooburra. Visit www.tibooburra.com for cellar door prices. It's been good chatting again.
Best wishes from the Kerr family and staff of Tibooburra Vineyard