The 2005 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot has scored a spot in Matthew Jukes coveted top 100 wines of 2008.
Commenting on the 2008 selection, Matthew Jukes said, ?Quentin and I always start off this process with a blank piece of paper and we have no idea what the eventual 100 Best will look like. Every year we are delighted with the results, but 2008 has thrown up some fascinating wines from the very biggest companies? right down to the smallest producers. The key word this year, and it appeared more than any other in our tasting notes, is ?balance?. This is one gene that Australia has had to work hard to embed into her wines. I am pleased to report that it is happening more often than not these days. This is a cause for great celebration. With the elements seemingly conspiring against this inspirational country, the human factor is more and more important and it seems that everyone is raising their game. With that in mind, this is my favourite 100 Best to date?.