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Whalebone Vineyard Latest Reviews

“Excellent wine” - 2012 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
Peter Chapman
Source: 
Various (syndicated)
Review Date: 
11/09/2015

WINEMAKER Brian Croser packs a punch of flavours into his wines and here is another mouthful of moreish blackcurrants and spice. Excellent wine.

95/100

“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

“Wines Worth Seeking Out ”

Author: 
Will Lyons
Source: 
The Wall Street Journal
Review Date: 
25 June 2015

2013 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

A refined and subtle Chardonnay, the elegance of this wine is reminiscent of the great examples found in Burgundy. With stone fruit and melon on the nose, it has a crisp, dry finish that is both a little nutty and pleasantly savory.

2010 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Dark and brooding, there’s a powerful ripe-plum scent to this wine. Cabernet can be a bit hollow on its own and the Shiraz adds a little spice and improves the texture. There’s sweet fruit but the overall impression is one of a saline dryness.

“A substantial wine with a long way to go” - 2010 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc

Author: 
Mike Bennie / Andrew Caillard
Source: 
Gourmet Traveller WINE
Review Date: 
July 2015

appealed to Bennie. "A pretty but rich perfume of stewed fruits, plum and prunes with some cinnamon and mara- schino cherry," he said. "A fleshy palate with ample dark fruits and tinged with choc-mint flavour. Chalky tannins, finishes fresh and peppery. It's a beefy expression of the varieties, but done well. Caillard concluded, "A substantial wine with a long way to go."

Top 100 new releases - 2010 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
Gourmet Traveller WINE
Review Date: 
November 2014

Very appealing red and dark fruit aromas combine with smoky, toasty savoury notes and hints of dried herbs. Complex, subtly powerful with smooth, effortless tannins. Impressive.

96 points

“Very good indeed” - 2010 Whalebone Cab Shiraz

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
HuonHooke.com
Review Date: 
17/9/2014

Medium to deep red colour, with a trace of purple; the aromas are minty and fresh, with raspberry and dried-herb undercurrents. The palate is very soft, the tannins almost fluffy in texture, and the wine is starting to show the positive softening and mellowing effects of a little time under cork. The finish powers on and on and is clean and balanced, with ample soft tannins. Very good indeed.

93 points
Drink: 2014 - 2032

“this blend works so synergistically” - 97 points - Whalebone 2010 Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Australian Wine Companion 2015
Review Date: 
July 2014

Holding its vivid colour in impressive fashion; if the late Len Evans were alive, he would be crowing loudly at Croser, pointing to the way this blend works so synergistically; the tapestry of predominantly black fruits has shafts of red coming through to shine a light on the way the ripe, but fine, tannins form a pattern through the fruit profile. Most striking is the effortless way the wine imparts the vast amount of flavour it has.

Rating: 97
Drink By: 2040

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