Recognition

Category: Whalebone Vineyard

Richness and concentration | 94 points | Huon Hooke- Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Blend 2020

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: therealreview.com
Date: Apr 2022

Medium to deep ruby colour with purple tinges. The bouquet is oaky and pungent, with some camphor and mint-eucalypt forest overtones, the palate a bit rasping and astringent when first poured, with the flavours turning to polished leather, red fruits …

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A bottle for the cellar | 18.5/20 | Andrew Graham- Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Blend 2020

Author: Andrew Graham
Source: http://ozwinereview.com/
Date: Apr 2022

A rarity, I guess. There is just this single release from Tapanappa’s Whalebone Vineyard in 2020 as there was just 8 tonnes of grapes harvested due to crap flowering. Who’d want to be a grapegrower, eh? It’s a whole vineyard …

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Built for the long-term | 95 points | Angus Hughson – Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Blend 2020

Author: Angus Hughson
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Apr 2022

Deep crimson in colour followed by a compact and concentrated unashamedly claret stye with structure, fruit focus and longevity keys to its success. Robust blackberry, blackcurrant fruits to start well supported by spicy oak, then building with mulberry and graphite …

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Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2017 – 94 points Silver

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Source:
Date: Aug 2021

Signature Wrattonbully, from menthol-tinted aromatics and cassis-defined palate to fine-grained, powdery, chalk-dusted tannins. A cool season heightens tang, freshness, endurance and beauty. Everything works together confidently for a future as long as the cork holds out. …

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95 points Gold | Halliday Wine Companion 2022 – 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Tyson Stelzer
Source: Halliday Wine Companion 2022
Date: Aug 2021

A cooler season works its magic, lifting the violet perfume of cabernet, the black pepper of shiraz, the bright tang of acidity and the fine-ground energy of enduring, chalk-bound tannins. Regional menthol assumes its rightful place. Medium-bodied effortlessness is refreshing. …

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94/100 | Andrew Graham – 2017 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: Andrew Graham
Source: Oz Wine Review
Date: Jun 2021

Brian Croser’s vision of a great Right Bank Bordeaux, realised. Or at least that’s the drift with this Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2017. Sometimes this Wrattonbully red can seem too ripe and too ambitious, but it feels rather …

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“A lavish wine” – 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: Mike Bennie
Source: The Wine Front
Date: May 2021

Lots going on here. Huge perfume of ripe plum, sage, violets, pot pourri, cedar. The palate is plush, jubey, lush, soft, lots of ripe fruit, a lick of minty green herbs, some rose hip tea and a late wash of …

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“Wrattonbully the hero here” 92+ points | Mike Bennie – 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Mike Bennie
Source: The Wine Front
Date: May 2021

Seaspray, seaweed scents, a dusting of clove, cassis, some eucalyptus too. Evocative perfume. Dark fruit flavours, more of the salty, seaweed thing to taste, some saltbush greenery too, chewy, clove-y oak laid on with late coming tannins building to a …

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“It’s a big youthful wine that will certainly reward with time and age” – 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Apr 2021

Deep red colour with a trace of purple and the bouquet has a gun-smoky, black olive, roasted-fruit bouquet, the palate full-bodied and chewy with assertive, slightly bitter tannins that leave a hefty chew on the aftertaste. A quite heavy, thick-textured …

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92 points | Huon Hooke – 2017 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Apr 2021

Deep red colour with a trace of purple and the bouquet has a gun-smoky, black olive, roasted-fruit bouquet, the palate full-bodied and chewy with assertive, slightly bitter tannins that leave a hefty chew on the aftertaste. A quite heavy, thick-textured red …

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“A pure expression of the unique Whalebone Vineyard terroir” 93 points | Huon Hooke – 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Mar 2021

Medium to deep red colour with a trace of purple and a mossy, undergrowth bouquet with traces of humus and cabernet raspberry-mint, more savoury than fruity. The wine is very dry and savoury in the mouth, finishing with firm tannins …

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An excellent example of Australia’s own unique blend – 2016 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Angus Hughson
Source: Winepilot
Date: Mar 2021

The classic Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz blend is all about combining the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon with the ripeness and upfront appeal of shiraz. This example does it well, aided by the warm 2016 vintage.

It is a bright deep ruby …

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A huge wine with considerable impact – 2016 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Andrew Graham
Source: Australian Wine Review
Date: Mar 2021

This Tapanappa Whalebone Cab Shiraz 2016 sure packs in flavour, but it would be more compelling if it was less ripe.
85% Wrattonbully Cabernet and 15% Adelaide Hills Shiraz (from the Shining Rock Vineyard which Brian Croser founded in the …

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Should be in the cellar of every Australian wine lover – 2016 Whalebone Cabernet Franc Merlot

Author: Stuart Robinson
Source: The Vinsomniac
Date: Mar 2021

Classic right bank (Bordeaux) blend of Cabernet Franc (as opposed to Cabernet Sauvignon being king on the left). Wrattonbully in the far east of the state of South Australia has a cool, maritime influenced, climate – from memory the whalebone …

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“Australia’s very own unique red blend” 91 points | Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 2017 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Joe Czerwinski
Source: Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Date: Mar 2021

Marked by mint and cassis on the nose, the 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz becomes more Shiraz-like on the palate, where it adds cherry-berry fruit and a relaxed, generous feel on the medium to full-bodied palate. Silky tannins sneak in …

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“A classic right bank Bordeaux blend” 93 points | Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 2017 Whalebone Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: Joe Czerwinski
Source: Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Date: Mar 2021

The floral-herbal elements of Cabernet Franc are nicely balanced and rounded out by the ripe cherries of the Merlot in Tapanappa’s 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc. Silky and fine on the palate, this medium to full-bodied red still delivers …

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2016 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Author: James Suckling
Source: James Suckling
Date: Oct 2020

This has a very rich and ripe feel with prune and plum-cake aromas, as well as raisins. The palate has soft, ripe and rich tannins and a smooth, soft finish. Drink now. 

90 points

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2016 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: James Suckling
Source: James Suckling
Date: Oct 2020

This has a cedary edge to the plum aromas with some spicy-oak influence and an earthy edge. The palate is smooth and supple with spicy, cedary-oak flavors and a core of red plums. Drink now. 

90 points

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Decanter World Wine Awards *Gold Medal* – 2016 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

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Source: Decanter World Wine Awards
Date: Sep 2020

Plush with perfumed violet, bramble, liquorice and black pepper aromatics, spiced and savoury on the palate with layers of chocolate, dark berry and harmonious tannins.
95 points

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Tapanappa 2016 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Author: WD
Source: Winsor's Choice
Date: Jun 2020

The maestro has not lost his touch. After five decades in the wine industry, pioneer, winemaker and educator Brian Croser is still producing wines of impeccable balance and widespread appeal. Much of his success has come down to a knack …

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We have a wine of swagger here, a bold wine but a vital wine – 2016 Whalebone Cabernet Franc Merlot

Author: Campbell Mattinson
Source: The Wine Front
Date: Jun 2020

Merlot makes up 44% of the wine, while cabernet franc is 56%. Always good to see franc holding sway.
When I first tasted this I thought there was too much bubble-gum oak, and for some people there probably is, but …

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2016 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Franc Merlot – 95 points, Gold

Author: Ned Goodwin
Source: Wine Companion
Date: Jun 2020

A full-bodied red based on the quintessential Bordeaux Right Bank prototype, this is rich yet fresh; forceful yet somehow savoury and while reflective of a warm, dry year manifest as salubrious dark fruit tones, bitter chocolate, mocha oak (20 months; …

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2016 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz – 96, Gold

Author: James halliday
Source: Wine Companion
Date: Jun 2020

A very good example of the union between place and variety, the richness of the fruit flavours bringing blackcurrant and blackberry together. Then cigar box and polished tannins come into play on the perfectly balanced palate.…

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Needs time – 2016 Whalebone Cabernet Franc Merlot

Author: Nick Butler
Source: The Real Review
Date: Apr 2020

Bright and deep ruby-red colour. Loads of toasty oak and green rhubarb, eucalyptus and red licorice. Ripe red strawberries and cranberries wrestle with ambitious tannins and dried herb sinew. Tannins are chalky and ripe. It’s a bit of an assault …

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