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

Author: 
Mike Bennie
Source: 
WBM
Review 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 herbal detail and dragged long on slick acid. It's a wine that shows architecture in the palate, richness, and class.

94 points

“the quality is undeniable” - 2012 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Source: 
WineGenius.com
Review Date: 
7/10/2015

Deeply coloured. Dense choc mint, cedar, cassis and earthy fruits plus toasty oak. Dry, full and structural with slightly firm chewy tannins well balanced - a firm, robust and masculine style that needs time to settle but the quality is undeniable.

94 points

“Lovely now but with structure to age” - 2012 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc

Source: 
WineGenius.com
Review Date: 
7/10/2015

Bright colour. Delicious blackberry, cedar and black pepper fruit - plus prominent oak. Dry and full bodied blackberry, plum compote, mint chocolate flavours with excellent concentration and length with plenty of tannins. Lovely now but with structure to age.

93 points

Family Affair

Author: 
Des Houghton
Source: 
Courier Mail
Review Date: 
6/10/2015

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard at Wrattonbully, in South Australia, is less than an hour from the ocean and has more maritime influences than you can imagine.
The bones of a 37 million- year-old whale were found to be supporting the roof of an underground cave chock- full of ancient archaeological charms that have aroused scientists, Lucy Croser says.
She is the daughter of legendary Australian winemaker Brian Croser and wife of Xavier Bizot, the general manager of Tapanappa and the son of former Bollinger chairman, the late Christian Bizot.

“resonating to the end” - 2013 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: 
Sophie Otton
Source: 
Le Pan
Review Date: 
21/09/2015

Pale lemon hue with good intensity. Quite closed on the nose, primary and fresh with nuances of elderflower and fresh lime, macadamia and biscuit. Grapefruit-pith and green pear on the palate underpinned by a fine acidity that delineates the palate. Characters of tarte au citron and subtle vanillin spice sweetens and fills the middle palate resonating to the end.

91 points

“The thrill is in this wine's feather-light balance and composure” - 2013 Tiers Chardonnay

Author: 
Sophie Otton
Source: 
Le Pan
Review Date: 
21/09/2015

Pale yellow with medium color intensity in the glass. Pure aromas of grapefruit, acacia blossom and bees wax. The palate is similarly refined with succulent acidity and characters of lemongrass, cashew and white peach that glide effortlessly in the mouth. The thrill is in this wine's feather-light balance and composure. - Sophie Otton

95 Points

“Excellent wine” - 2012 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
Peter Chapman
Source: 
Various (syndicated)
Review Date: 
11/09/2015

WINEMAKER Brian Croser packs a punch of flavours into his wines and here is another mouthful of moreish blackcurrants and spice. Excellent wine.

95/100

“A very smart wine” - 2013 Tiers Chardonnay

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
HuonHooke.com
Review Date: 
11 Aug 2015

Medium to full yellow colour. A complex but youthful lanolin, wool, nut-toffee and lightly floral bouquet gives entrée to a tight, slightly shrill, high-acid palate. Very fine, tight and long. The acidity is almost a tad overdone alone, but with the right food it would sing. Fruit does the talking: the complexing factors are there but well in the background. A very smart wine which will improve with cellaring.

96 points

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