The first overland route from Melbourne (Port Phillip) to Sydney (Port Jackson) from 1836 to 1843, passed through the land now known as Tahbilk (Melbourne itself was first settled in 1835).
In 1960 Tahbilk celebrated its Centenary with its once fine reputation more than regained. Prime Minister Robert Menzies officiated, and the Menzies and Eric, with his new wife Mary struck up a lifelong friendship. Eric made friends easily and widely. His hospitality was legendary, his sense of humour wicked, his charm undeniable. In 1979 Eric was thrilled when his eldest grandson Alister decided to return to Tahbilk as its first fully qualified winemaker and manager. Full of new ideas, he recalls trying to convince his grandfather to modernize the red wines. As they shared a glass of his beloved cabernet sauvignon, Alister would be asked his opinion. As the wine was always beautiful, it was finally agreed that Tahbilk reds would continue to be made just as Eric had envisaged them as a young lawyer with wine in his veins- multi layered, fruit driven, well structured and sophisticated. It seems appropriate that 70 years after Eric first started labelling his own wine a new label has been designed to honour his legacy.