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Whalebone Vineyard 2016 Cabernet Franc Merlot Latest Reviews

"Should be in the cellar of every Australian wine lover" - 2016 Whalebone Cabernet Franc Merlot

Stuart Robinson
The Vinsomniac
Review Date: 
May 2020

Classic right bank (Bordeaux) blend of Cabernet Franc (as opposed to Cabernet Sauvignon being king on the left). Wrattonbully in the far east of the state of South Australia has a cool, maritime influenced, climate - from memory the whalebone reference being to the fact the region was under sea way back in the past, and whale bone have been found in the region.

Cabernet France's aromatic play is on show here, bright and intense, puppy blackcurrant and suggestions of redcurrant. Can be mistaken for a mintiness; bright, fragrant and fresh. The palate seemingly at odds to that, carrying a depth and intensity. It conveys the freshness, granted; fine and silt like tannin building in intensity, drawing flavour with it.

Wine Companion 2021

James Halliday
Halliday Wine Companion 2021
Review Date: 
August 2020

Eden Valley Riesling 2018
Founded on the philosophy of fealty to distinguished single sites, this juicy riesling hails from the meagre granitic souls of the 50yo Bartholomeus Vineyard. Pink grapefruit pulp, bath salts and lemon rind notes cascade along a gentle phenolic waft and juicy acid rails. This is ripe and luscious, eschewing contemporary trends toward earlier harvest windows and brittle acidity. At once pointed and richly flavoured. Finessed, too, while boasting a real propulsion of flavours and textures. Mouthfilling, gratifying and very long.
95 points (Gold)

Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2018
The warm season is certainly reflected in this wine, with honey, fig and even brulee, all finely balanced by citrussy acidity. Enjoyable drink now style.
94 points (Silver)

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

Campbell Mattinson
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

Nick Butler
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