Recognition

08 Cab Shiraz A wonderful rendition of the great Australian red

Author: Jeremy Pringle
Source: winewilleatitself.com
Review Date: Jan 2013

Brian Croser’s Tapanappa venture has been of interest to me since its inception in 2002 and tasting this makes me very pleased that I have some of the 2004 tucked away in the cellar. 70% Cabernet, 30% Shiraz and a wonderful rendition of the great Australian red it is too, combining the structure and elegance of the Bordeaux grape with the plush essence of its Rhône partner.

A warmer year sees plenty of rich blackcurrant and berry fruit framed by top-class savoury, cedar oak – all French of course. Gum and bay leaf, dark chocolate and licorice all make an appearance in a layered wine of true depth. The climax comes in the form of long, fine-grained tannin which tightly binds the whole package. Brian Croser’s Tapanappa venture has been of interest to me since its inception in 2002 and tasting this makes me very pleased that I have some of the 2004 tucked away in the cellar. 70% Cabernet, 30% Shiraz and a wonderful rendition of the great Australian red it is too, combining the structure and elegance of the Bordeaux grape with the plush essence of its Rhône partner.

A warmer year sees plenty of rich blackcurrant and berry fruit framed by top-class savoury, cedar oak – all French of course. Gum and bay leaf, dark chocolate and licorice all make an appearance in a layered wine of true depth. The climax comes in the form of long, fine-grained tannin which tightly binds the whole package. 

94 Excellent

Original review: http://winewilleatitself.com/2013/01/31/2008-tapanappa-whalebone-vineyar…

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