“Does have plenty of oomph and character” 92 Points – Gary Walsh | Wine Front – Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2019

Author: Gary Walsh
Source: Wine Front
Review Date: Jun 2024

Blackcurrant, redcurrant, hazelnut and chocolate (praline), a fair amount of mint, sage and bay leaf adds perfume, along with some spice and cedar oak. It also has a dusty amaro-like quality, which I like. Medium to full-bodied, dusty and peppery, cocoa powder richness, plenty of blonde tobacco too, some fresh tomato acidity, and it’s quite dusty and tannic on a finish of good length. Mint is a theme here, though the wine does have plenty of oomph and character. Admittedly, I’m kind of sensitive to minty flavours in wine, so take that onboard as a caveat.

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