Cool nights and Cab Sauv

Author: David Ridge
Source: The Adelaide Review
Review Date: May 2011

2007 Wrattonbully Cabernet Shiraz

Here’s a red with pedigree; a nephew of one of Australia’s all-time great reds, the famous 79 Petaluma Coonawarra. This one from nearby Wrattonbully is not a blockbuster but a wine of complete but not excessive ripeness, balance and length. This is elegance. The maker is well known and his label, Tapanappa, adorns Brian Croser’s post-Petaluma collection of wines from specific (and cool) terroirs that express a personality. Cabernet (70 percent) and Shiraz from neighbouring vineyards planted in red clay loam over ancient limestone in the Joanna locality, combine to offer gorgeous aromatics and flavours of raspberry, anise, smoke and spice in an even and persistent package. The wine is enlived by nice nervy structure and finishing zip.

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