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Whalebone Vineyard 2016 Cabernet Franc Merlot Latest Reviews

"We have a wine of swagger here, a bold wine but a vital wine" - 2016 Cabernet Franc Merlot

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson
Source: 
The Wine Front
Review Date: 
June 2020

Merlot makes up 44% of the wine, while cabernet franc is 56%. Always good to see franc holding sway.
When I first tasted this I thought there was too much bubble-gum oak, and for some people there probably is, but as it breathes dust and pure blackcurrant flavours burst forward as rugged, muscular tannin rumbles into place. We have a wine of swagger here, a bold wine but a vital one, with choc-mint characters aplenty along with gravel, seaweed and red licorice. It’s a wine of wealth. It takes its alcohol in its stride. It has quite a run ahead of it.
94 points

"Needs time" - 2016 Whalebone Cabernet Franc Merlot

Author: 
Nick Butler
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
March 2020

Bright and deep ruby-red colour. Loads of toasty oak and green rhubarb, eucalyptus and red licorice. Ripe red strawberries and cranberries wrestle with ambitious tannins and dried herb sinew. Tannins are chalky and ripe. It's a bit of an assault on the senses right now. Needs time and air to soften its stance
92 points