A wine of Terroir – 2015 Whalebone Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: Stuart Robinson
Source: The Vinsomniac
Review Date: Jun 2019

Perenially exemplary Australian take on a classic right-bank (Bordeaux) blend.

Quite sullen, sitting there under a heavy oak shroud. There are lighter elements of spice and toast in that oak frame, slowly lifting to reveal glimpses of blackberry, tobacco, more seasoning.

Darker manifestation altogether, meaty and with a bitter chocolate element. It sits fine on the palate, still delicate – even for it sub 15% stature – subtle hints of vanilla, from the 50% new French oak.

Fine tannins linger, but it certainly is a wine of terroir from a warmer and drier vintage. It needs some time for the wine to settle further into itself, the gentle length an indication of that which will reward the patient.

92 points

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