Recognition

Category: Whalebone Vineyard

Sensational wine – 2016 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

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

Black olive hue with red edges. So many moving parts to the bouquet: cedar, dark soy, tapenade, mixed red and black berries, oak is definitely firm. An opulent first sip; ripe blackberries and raspberries meld beautifully with licorice and softer …

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2016 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Gary Walsh
Source:
Date: Apr 2020

Only 15% Shiraz here, from the Adelaide Hills.

Blackcurrant, peppermint nougat, new leather, aniseed and biscuit spices. It’s bold and curranty, sweet nougat oak and dark raspberry, a meat and sage flavour in there, plush powdery tannin, and some alcohol …

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2016 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

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

Black olive hue with red edges. So many moving parts to the bouquet: cedar, dark soy, tapenade, mixed red and black berries, oak is definitely firm. An opulent first sip; ripe blackberries and raspberries meld beautifully with licorice and softer plum notes. Time in …

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The wine is rich and soft – 2015 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Jun 2019

Deep, dark colour with a subtle purple trace, and the bouquet is earthy, woodsy, savoury and dry. The wine is rich and soft and ample, as well as savoury and strong on drying, powdery tannins. Oak is sitting on the

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Juicy, supple and warming – 2015 Whalebone Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: Toni Paterson
Source: The Real Review
Date: Jun 2019

A ripe, rounded, fleshy red with accents of sweet-vanilla and coconut. Juicy, supple and warming. Decant well before serving to
harmonise the elements.

89 points

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It’s big, round and fruit sweet, with plenty of supple tannin – 2015 Whalebone Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Jun 2019

Deep, rich red with a tinge of brick-red in the colour, the bouquet strong on eucalyptus with menthol and linament notes. It’s full-
bodied and rich, fleshy and almost opulent in the mouth, the palate delivering intense Campari-like bitter- herb

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A wine of Terroir – 2015 Whalebone Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: Stuart Robinson
Source: The Vinsomniac
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

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Extreme depth of flavour – 2015 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Toni Paterson
Source: The Real Review
Date: May 2019

A delicious, well-made wine with ripe, vibrant fruit. What sets this wine apart from others is the extreme depth of flavour. I enjoy the energy of the mulberry and plummy fruit, as well as the gentle chocolatey richness. Only 320

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2015 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Author: James Suckling
Source: James Suckling
Date: May 2019

Some quite assertive oak influence here with cassis and a dark berry and cherry core, as well as chocolate and violets. The palate delivers a supple, smooth and quite concentrated impression with a very ripe, dense and slightly jammy finish. …

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92 points | James Suckling – 2017 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: James Suckling
Source: James Suckling
Date: May 2019

There’s a fresh core of red fruit here with some riper, plum-compote notes and plenty of sweet oak spice. The palate has a smooth array of deep-set dark berries with red plum-pip notes at the finish. A blend of 69% …

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“A terrific wine” 94 Points | James Suckling | 2004 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Author: James Suckling
Source: James Suckling
Date: Jun 2018

Still very fresh with an array of sweet elkather, chocolate and darker plums. Some light peppery nuances, too. There are meaty notes on the nose such as beef stock and bouillon. Very nicely developed. The palate is softened off, showing …

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2014 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Author: James Suckling
Source: James Suckling
Date: Jun 2018

This a very fluid, plush and deep-set yet elegant wine with has deep flavors, sweet fruits. The mulberries meets blackberries. Shows similar plushness and a fine and very evenly paced style here. It has an effortless presence. Terrific. Drink now …

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2009 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: James Suckling
Source: James Suckling
Date: Jun 2018

A cooler than average year with some plums and spiced tea cake, hints of tobacco and some leafy nuances. There is also a gently biscuity edge and very silky tannins. Supple and dense with a wealth of dark plums and …

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2014 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: James Suckling
Source: James Sucking
Date: Jun 2018

A cooler vintage and low-cropping. Very rich and plush with terrific depth and plushness. It holds floral notes on the nose with freshly tilled earthy nuances and aromas of spiced forest. The palate is fleshy with deep-set plum flavors, delivering …

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Gold in Global Cabernet Sauvignon Masters

Author:
Source: Drinks Business
Date: Nov 2017

Our 2013 Whalebone Vineyard has collected Gold at the 2017 Global Cabernet Sauvignon Masters.

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Wine Companion 2017

Author: James Halliday
Source: Halliday Wine Companion 2017
Date: Nov 2017

Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2012

66/34%, matured for 21 months in French oak (70% new). Spent close on 3 years making its way into bottle, an especially long time for a blend such as this, but it clearly needed

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“slightly old school”- 2013 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Campbell Mattinson
Source: The Wine Front
Date: Feb 2017

The Whalebone Vineyard was planted in 1974 and is, by all reports, a terrific site.
Cellarable? I definitely think so. It’s bold, tannic, thick with tar and plum flavours, and has integrated its smoky/cedary oak quite perfectly. Nothing sticks out;

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“Super” – 2013 Whalebone Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: Campbell Mattinson
Source: The Wine Front
Date: Feb 2017

Merlot-dominant blend – but don’t let that put you off.
It’s both fresh and substantial, oaked but brimful of fruit. It’s carved with tannin but the momentum of flavours charges through regardless. It tastes of boysenberry and black cherry, blackcurrant,

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WBM Latest releases

Author: Tyson Stelzer / Mike Bennie
Source: WBM Magazine
Date: Feb 2017

2015 Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay

A new member of the Tapanappa chardonnay family, from the 2003 Tiers plantings at 1.5m spacing, producing an earlier ripening, softer and more generous style. The result is delightfully fragrant, packed with white peach and

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“destined for the long haul” – 2012 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: Gourmet Traveller WINE
Date: Apr 2016

This is a strongly built wine destined for the long haul. The bouquet has rasp- berry, herb and mint, while the palate is deep, firm and has an ironstone-like character. Its abundant tannin will help it live and develop long-term.

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96 points – 2012 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cab Franc

Author:
Source: Wine Companion Magazine
Date: Feb 2016

A 66/34% blend, matured for 21 months in French oak (70%new). Still has excellent crimson-purple colour; spent close on 3 years making its way into bottle, an especially long time for a blend such as this, but it clearly needed

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“A superb red” – 2012 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cab Franc

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: Gourmet Traveller WINE
Date: Feb 2016

“This excellent red has little of the minty signature of the region, but is more a matter of violets, earth, forest-floor and dried flowers. There’s a trace of Vegemite, possibly from oak and/or lees contact.
In the mouth, it’s full-bodied

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“a super wine” – 2012 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc

Author: Ray Jordan
Source: The West Australian - Weekend West
Date: Nov 2015

This is a super wine based on the Right Bank Bordeaux blend. Silky smooth and so elegantly structured, it features a lovely balance of fruit and fine-grained oak, with superb fine tannins. Nice touch of cedar on the nose. Will

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“fine wine written all over it” – 2012 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Mike Bennie
Source: WBM
Date: Nov 2015

This has “fine wine” written all over it – from complex scents of attractive, mahogany oak, to the seductive richness of dark and blue fruit layered through the wine. The powerful, fuller figured feel is shaped with powdery tannins, bayleaf

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