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"The wine is rich and soft" - 2015 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
May 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 wine somewhat; it may just need more time to emerge. The fruit is certainly concealed at this stage.

90 points

"It's big, round and fruit sweet, with plenty of supple tannin" - 2015 Whalebone Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
May 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 flavours. It's big, round
and fruit-sweet, with plenty of supple tannin. (69% merlot, 31% cabernet franc)

90 points

"A wine of Terroir" - 2015 Whalebone Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: 
Stuart Robinson
Source: 
The Vinsomniac
Review Date: 
May 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

2019 Vintage Report - Small, Dry and Moderate

The description of the 2019 harvest is worthy of a politician or two.

The most startling aspect of the 2019 vintage in the Piccadilly Valley and to a lesser extent Wrattonbully, is the very low yield. Foggy Hill on the Fleurieu Peninsula yielded to expectation.

The low yield in the Piccadilly Valley was mainly because of the cold, windy and wet weather at the time of flowering (end of November), interfering with fruit set.

"Complex and confident" - 2017 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Halliday Wine Companion
Review Date: 
May 2019

This is the oldest of the three Tiers vineyard blocks, with 2ha planted in '70 of what Croser calls the OF clones, which has a history to make Conan Doyle happy. It's a Californian clone that was eradicated there because of leaf roll virus - the cuttings were not infected when Croser brought them to Australia. The vinification was the same as for the 1.5m, but this is decidedly more complex than its sibling, confidently filling the mouth with balanced fruit flavours.

97 points

"Extreme depth of flavour" - 2015 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
Toni Paterson
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
April 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 dozen produced

94 points

"Exceptional detail and power" - 2017 Tiers 1.5M Chardonnay

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

A complete wine with exceptional detail and power. It has a core of lemony fruit plus hints of beeswax, meringue and nougat. Excellent drive and acidity

95 Points

"Delivers a superb drinking experience" - 2017 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

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

A classy wine with a delicate fragrance of white flowers, fresh pears, oatmeal and lemon. The palate is beautifully sweet-fruited with excellent energy and drive, plus delicious lingering grapefruit flavours. It’s a high-quality wine that is extremely well-made that delivers a superb drinking experience

96 Points

"It has balance, flavour and elegance nicely sewn up" - 2017 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson
Source: 
Wine Front
Review Date: 
April 2019

Well priced, well made, well grown and well flavoured. If I was out and about and I saw this, I wouldn’t hesitate. It’s driven by apple-like flavours but stonefruit, cedarwood and honeysuckle characters come into play too. It has a refreshing wash of acidity and it gives the impression that it will be better again given extra time in bottle. But right now it has balance, flavour and indeed elegance nicely sewn up.

93 points

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