I just bought a case of Tahbilk wine. You should too

I just bought a case of Tahbilk wine. You should too. Why? This:

Tahbilk Wines, a historic fifth-generation family-owned winery in central Victoria, presently has four shipping containers of its wine stalled in Chinese ports as customs officials find excuses not to release them, and for now no more Tahbilk will be shipped to China.

Chief executive Alister Purbrick told The Australian he firmly supported the stance taken by the federal government as it navigates a prickly political relationship with Beijing and that Australia’s sovereignty was worth much more than a few shipments of our finest red wine.

“We have got four containers locked up in various ports at the moment in China, theoretically in the process of going through, but no one with a shipment that has arrived after November 6 has had a shipment released apart from one other winery — that will remain anonymous. It was cleared but then two days later they were asked to return it to port,” Mr Purbrick told The Australian.

“Nothing is getting through. Customs agents were processing wine at least, I don’t know about other commodities, but a bit more slowly as they were checking for COVID-19 and so on. So what used to be a two, three or four-day turnaround through customs, even before they (Chinese government) made this announcement of a port lockdown for November 6, it was stretching out to 10 to 14 days to clear customs.

…he is eyeing off India as a new giant customer for the Australian wine market, hoping the next generation of Indians could break from the traditions of their parents and opt for red wine over a spirit.

Mr Purbrick is the first businessman I have seen to declare his support for Australian freedom over a few lousy yuan. Cheers to you, mate!

As for the rest of the cowards and carpet-baggers, they should all be strung up given golden parachutes.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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    • The Traveling Wilbur


      I just bought a case of Tahbilk wine. You should too

      I’m going to wait for the price to fall 30% first. Then I’ll have a think about it to see if it represents fair value.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        It’s that that obsession, that claimed right, to have everything you want at the cheapest price possible that is going to destroy Western Civilization and deliver us all into the hands of a new techno aristocracy.
        Good one Wilbur! It’s all your bloody fault Mate!

  1. Key phrase there being pivot to India. Transparent AF that the same dumb economic strategy will eventually apply – find an equally large, corrupt basket case country to sell things to en masse and import more debt fodder from them at the same time. Then ask ourselves why when it all eventually blows up.

    I’m waiting eagerly for the 2025 Nigeria-Australia FTA.

    • happy valleyMEMBER

      Doubt that you will have to wait that long – more like next year as we all know that those FTAs are just such a win-win for Straya and we are so fortunate to have had best-ever LNP gubmints for the last 7 years signing us up to mighty fine, never independently reviewed FTAs?

    • GunnamattaMEMBER

      The Gunnamatta tip – and once a year I head up to Nagambie and always pop into Tahbilk and Mitchelton – is the Old Vineyard Shiraz or the Liqueur Muscat.

  2. SoCalSurfCreeperMEMBER

    Just ordered a case for Mum for Xmas. Thanks for the idea. She spent her childhood under Nazi occupation and can’t stand the CCP. An immigrant and a true Aussie patriot. She will be stoked to support this business and with the wine.

    • I wish we could leverage those voices in the media, instead of the same nodding fools singing from the same hymn sheet.

  3. Let’s be frank : when the Chinese allow wine import again, will Tahbilk stop shopping to China?

      • Because they only supported the stand of the australian government AFTER their wine was already being blocked. So hardly a costly decision. I didn’t see them decrying china 3 months ago.

        • I was about to ask that before committing to support them. Also, did they sell their wines cheaper in Australia or was it the other way around – sell cheap to Chyna and rip the Aussies off for the same wine.
          That will show us if they are patriots or just Scott M kind of “patriots”.

        • How do you know what his opinions were last year? This wasn’t something reported in the media then, so he wouldn’t have been canvassed for his opinions then so that view is a little harsh in my opinion. Aussie businesses can do business with China and still be concerned about the actions of the government (though there are some industries and some regions they definitely should not and shouldn’t have been engaged in). There has been a general increase in understanding of what is truly going on recently and it takes time for words and action to change. We’re not yet at a stage of a boycott a la South Africa but I do think we’re getting closer to companies potentially starting to decide not to trade with China based on a combined risk and ethical basis. These things take time and he’s put his head above the parapet and believe me, he’ll be made to pay for it in more ways than one (I hope they have good IT security) so the bloke has balls.

    • NoodlesRomanovMEMBER

      1. Trade with China in a commodity that doesn’t directly aid the CCP, while maintaining the ability to decry CCP practice if you choose.
      2. Trade with China no matter what conditions they impose on our society.
      Is there really no distinction between the two in your mind?

      • China hasn’t changed the conditions it is trying to impose on us, they have just become more overt about it.

  4. reusachtigeMEMBER

    If I couldn’t get hold of a M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Le Meal Blanc, Hermitage, I’d definitely drop my standards to an Aussie wh1te like the cracking Tahbilk Marsanne, possibly one of Australia’s best white wines especially at 20 years old. Even you poor blokes could afford an aged bottle off one of the wine auction sites like Langton’s.

  5. My favourite winery

    Well worth a visit including to the old cellars underneath if you can

    I remember in 2006 on the way back from a job in Shepparton I stopped in and accidentally bought ablijt 13 cases I wandered into the old underground cellars – no supervision needed I was told — and marvelled at the thousands of cellaring bottles and old stone work

    The Dalfarras SavB is great but their Marsanne and Rousanne – and of course their Shiraz – are spectacular

  6. Arthur Schopenhauer

    Yet another example of Gleichschaltung.

    Gleichschaltung (German pronunciation: [ˈɡlaɪçʃaltʊŋ]), or in English, co-ordination, was in Nazi terminology the process of Nazification by which Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party successively established a system of totalitarian control and coordination over all aspects of German society and societies occupied by Nazi Germany “from the economy and trade associations to the media, culture and education”.


    • The Traveling Wilbur

      Otherwise known in the political trade in Australia as ‘Liberal Federal Government social-welfare and taxation policy’.

  7. boomengineeringMEMBER

    Designed and made a bottle labeling machine integral part for a wine maker who china refused to buy from anymore due to political friction. He has diversified into cannabis oil so the bottles were smaller, hence my input.

  8. Bought a case. Needed some wine to take to friends and family during christmas anyway! Actually quite cheap in a case.

  9. If i buy a metric ton of iron ore destined for CCP use to invade the free world, will that much nationalism get me a free MB membership for life?

      • LOL …and I thought you were driven by patriotism and justice in the world but you care more for one subscription that what 1 metric ton of Iron Ore or few bottles of wine will do to the free world.

        I would subscribe if MB does not resort to discourse muffling, redaction of posts and thought crime policing (as described by i think LvO: Ban first, ask questions – never)
        To put it simple, I will not give you my money so that you can ban me from voicing facts you don’t like and are exposing myths.
        You get revenue from my posting (ranking due to traffic) and from advertising loaded by my browser. This is by far more better deal for you but it is not a zero sum game so we both should be happy.

        Now… I await that ban for blasphemy.
        What’s a few cents lost every day if incorrect thoughts are silenced and removed from the sterile area.

    • I just checked – 2 x 2004, 1 x 2009 and 4 x 2011. The 2004 in dark bottles, 2009 and 2011 in clear and 2009 is noticeably darker. Not very well managed, I should have kept adding in the last decade.

  10. >Australia’s sovereignty was worth much more than a few shipments of our finest red wine.

    It’s a shame that so many Australian businesses are more than happy to sell out to the highest bidder, rather than consider what their behaviour means for our country. Reminds me of the American businessmen who tried to pressure FDR to remain neutral in WW2 – disgraceful, selfish individuals who should barely be included as part of the human race