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Whalebone Vineyard 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

“Super” - 2013 Whalebone Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson
Source: 
The Wine Front
Review Date: 
19/10/2016

Merlot-dominant blend – but don’t let that put you off.
It’s both fresh and substantial, oaked but brimful of fruit. It’s carved with tannin but the momentum of flavours charges through regardless. It tastes of boysenberry and black cherry, blackcurrant, coffee-cream and spearmint. It’s a full-bodied red but it feels alive. Vigorous good health, you might say. Super.

94 points

WBM Latest releases

Author: 
Tyson Stelzer / Mike Bennie
Source: 
WBM Magazine
Review Date: 
February 2017

2015 Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay

A new member of the Tapanappa chardonnay family, from the 2003 Tiers plantings at 1.5m spacing, producing an earlier ripening, softer and more generous style. The result is delightfully fragrant, packed with white peach and lemon fruit of impressive concentration, defining a well-rounded and juicy palate, yet beautifully honed with finely mineral acidity and finely structured mouth feel.

94 points.

2015 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Striking an exacting balance between complexity and depth tang and refreshing elegance, this is a chardonnay that sings the virtues of vineyards around the Piccadilly Valley in fragrant white peach and lemon tones. It's tangy, persistent, finely- textured and delicious.

94 points

2013 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

“destined for the long haul” - 2012 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
Gourmet Traveller WINE
Review Date: 
May 2016

This is a strongly built wine destined for the long haul. The bouquet has rasp- berry, herb and mint, while the palate is deep, firm and has an ironstone-like character. Its abundant tannin will help it live and develop long-term.

92

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

“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

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