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Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz
Despite the fanfare, I didn't like the first release of this wine from the 2003 vintage. The new project of Australian wine legend Brian Croser, it had come from mature vines at Wrattonbully in South Australia, and was backed by the financial and intellectual might of leading Bordeaux winery Chateau Lynch-Bages.
If ever a new wine was going to be excellent, it was this one. Yet it seemed to me to be clumsy, over-oaked and too high in alcohol. Maybe I was overly optimistic, but I was certainly expecting more.
The new 2004 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz delivers that "more". A superb wine that will age well over the long-term, it is full of dense, dark fruit, yet it is firm and long too, its structure and power sending out all the right quality signals.
Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2005. Pale straw-green, a study in reserved composition, all the elements of melon, fig, nectarine oak and mlf so seamlessly interwoven they are all but invisible on a one-by-one basis; less in more. 96 points.
Deep red. Musky cherry and plum scents are joined by underbrush, tobacco and pungent herbs. Fleshy dark fruit flavors are braced by gentle acidity and show bitter chocolate and licorice on the back. Finishes with a suave jolt of cassis and excellent length. This is the property of Brian Croser, long-time owner of Petaluma.
Pale yellow. Highly perfumed nose offers a complex array of smoky, leesy citrus and pit fruit aromas underscored by toasty oak and sweet butter. The fresh peach and yellow plum flavors possess impressive depth and are nicely brightened by fresh floral and baking spice notes. Impressively precise for a wine with such flavor impact. The juicy, persistent finish features traces of peach pit and toffeed orange. Lots going on here.