Following the purchase of the Estate by his father, Reginald, in 1925; and fresh from Cambridge University, Eric Stevens Purbrick took over management of Tahbilk in 1931. Eric was winemaker for more than 40 vintages from that time until passing on this mantle to his grandson, Alister Purbrick, after the 1978 vintage. He then continued to be strong influence in the direction of Tahbilk until his passing in 1991.
One of the early pioneers of varietal labelling in Australia, perhaps his greatest contribution to Tahbilk was to create the Special Bin Shiraz in 1948 which was to be made, and continues to be made, from the best vats of that vintage. In 1952 a ‘Special Bin’ Cabernet Sauvignon was added to the range with both releases becoming known as ‘Reserve’ in 1985.
In recognition of his achievements, these wines now carry his name and signature ….. Eric Stevens Purbrick, showcased on an original label dating back to the 1870’s.
Sourced from Estate vines with an average age in excess of 30 years, this wine was made utilising traditional Tahbilk techniques with fermentation taking place in 150 year old open oak vats, followed by a period of maturation in French and American oak prior to bottling and later release.
“This complex and intricate wine, presents savoury black olive aromas and a palate redolent with mixed spice - nutmeg, cinnamon and star anise; alongside blackberry and dark cherry characters; all supported by robust yet fine tannins. An impressive release that will reward further cellaring.”
Alister Purbrick, CEO and Chief Winemaker