Whalebone Vineyard 2012 Merlot Cabernet Franc Latest Reviews

Wine Companion 2017

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Halliday Wine Companion 2017
Review Date: 
May 2017

Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2012

66/34%, matured for 21 months in French oak (70% new). Spent close on 3 years making its way into bottle, an especially long time for a blend such as this, but it clearly needed it; there is a complex interplay between rich blackcurrant, cedar, cigar box and dried herbs, and a persistent tattoo of fine-grained tannins on the very long paplte. Cork.

Rating 96
To 2037

Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2013

85/15%. The first thing you notice is the liveliness of it; the second is the easygoing complexity; the third is the long chains of tannin. Tobacco and earth run through boysenberry and blackcurrant; smoky oak plays a subtle role. Cork.

Rating 96
To 2030

Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2012

96 points - 2012 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cab Franc

Source: 
Wine Companion Magazine
Review Date: 
1/2/2016

A 66/34% blend, matured for 21 months in French oak (70%new). Still has excellent crimson-purple colour; spent close on 3 years making its way into bottle, an especially long time for a blend such as this, but it clearly needed it; there is a complex interplay between rich blackcurrant, cedar, cigar box, dried herbs and a persistent tattoo of fine-grained tannins on the very long palate.

96 points.

“A superb red” - 2012 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cab Franc

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
Gourmet Traveller WINE
Review Date: 
1/3/2016

“This excellent red has little of the minty signature of the region, but is more a matter of violets, earth, forest-floor and dried flowers. There's a trace of Vegemite, possibly from oak and/or lees contact.
In the mouth, it's full-bodied and dense, generously flavoured and rich in fleshy extract with a lavish quota of ripe, supple tannins. The back palate and finish are soft and harmonious. A superb red to drink from now to around 2037.”

“a super wine” - 2012 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc

Author: 
Ray Jordan
Source: 
The West Australian - Weekend West
Review Date: 
21/11/2015

This is a super wine based on the Right Bank Bordeaux blend. Silky smooth and so elegantly structured, it features a lovely balance of fruit and fine-grained oak, with superb fine tannins. Nice touch of cedar on the nose. Will continue to evolve with age.

97/100

“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

“so beautifully etched with tannin” - 2012 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson
Source: 
The Wine Front
Review Date: 
19 Aug 2015

Merlot and cabernet franc from 1974 plantings. 66/34 blend. Worthy of a spot in the jewellery drawer of Australian wine – you could argue.
This is a swashbuckler.

Tannic, herbal, chocolatey, rich, elegant and more. Warm too, pushing it, no doubting it. But so beautifully etched with tannin and so well splayed with complex cigar box, gumleaf and spice notes. Plenty of rumble under its bonnet.

95 points
Drink: 2015 - 2030

Halliday Wine Companion 2016 results

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Halliday Wine Companion 2016
Review Date: 
August 2015

Tiers Vineyard 2013 Chardonnay

An extremely intense and focused wine; the fruit is a blend of citrus, stone fruit and apple; the barrel ferment inputs and oak maturation have been swallowed by the fruit. Needs several years to relax and open for business.

94 points
Drink by 2028

Foggy Hill Vineyard 2013 Pinot Noir

Destemmed, crushed and chilled for a 4-day cold soak, 10 months in French barriques (30% new). Light colour, but with a bright hue; the flowery bouquet of spice, rose petals and small red fruits is followed by a light, perfectly balanced palate, the promised red fruits duly delivered; the finish is long and in lockstep with all that has preceded it.

95 points
Drink by 2023

96 points - 2012 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Wine Companion Magazine
Review Date: 
Aug/Sept 2015

Still has excellent crimson-purple colour; has spent close on 3 years making its way into bottle, an especially long time for a blend such as this, but it clearly needed it; there is a complex interplay between cedar, cigar box, blackcurrant, dried herbs and a persistent tattoo of fine-grained tannins on the very long palate.

96 points