Tallarook employs a fairly standard, yet premium technique to create all of our wines, with extensive attention to detail due to our small quantities. We have one point of difference, and that is the use of large format (800-litre) seasoned oak barrels for fermentation and maturation of our Chardonnay and Rhone white varieties.
Tallarook has a point of individuality when it comes to how we make our shiraz, as it is vinified with a small percentage of Viognier skins to provide perfume and aromatic complexity and sometimes a very small component of Marsanne skins as well. This is a traditional method used throughout the Rhone Valley in France , but it is not universally practised.
Overall, our winemaking techniques allow Tallarook to produce complex, subtle and seamless wines that are delicious to drink on their own, but also complement food in the classic European tradition.
The Dabyminga vineyards are positioned on the interface between two geological strata - Devonian mudstone (derived from the deposit of Cambrian erosions in the shallow seas of the Melbourne basin 440 million years ago, to be elevated during the Ordovician uplifting) and younger Granitic masses - part of the pink Strathbogie granits- which were pushed up by tectonic forces in the East. The raising granitic masses heated and compressed neighboring mudstone to induce metamorphic transformation into Hornfels, which formed a ridge of hard, dense and heavy rock forming the centre of the Dabyminga vineyards. Loamy soils fill the cracks between the Hornfels rocks, allowing for great rooting depths whilst limiting vigor, a universal characteristic of exceptional vineyards across the globe. (F & G blocks, E block Viognier)
The hill block vineyards (A Chardonnay, Marsanne, Roussanne and Shiraz, are based on gravelly soils formed by Devonian colluvium, freely draining and producing lighter, more aromatic flavours than the Hornfels areas. H Block Shiraz grows on alluvial soils, which represent a mixture of Devonian and younger Granitic erosions. It produces robust flavours and delicate tannins.
I block Roussanne benefits from freely draining, deep colluvial hill wash, allowing for significant rooting depth and with it intense flavours