Whalebone Vineyard Latest Reviews

The Wine Detective looks at Wrattonbully

Author: 
Sarah Ahmed
Source: 
The Wine Detective
Review Date: 
8th of January 2014

As part of her Limestone Coast regional tour, Sarah Ahmed has produced a detailed article on the geology and associated wines of the Wrattonbully region, including a look at our unique Whalebone Vineyard. Read the full article here: http://www.thewinedetective.co.uk/blog/australia/the-limestone-coast-par...

As part of this she reviewed both our 2009 Whalbone wines as follows.

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2009 (Wrattonbully)

A look at the 2008 & 2009 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
Andrew Graham
Source: 
Australian Wine Review
Review Date: 
2nd of January 2014

2008 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

I opened this alongside the 2009 version, just to have another look to see if I had changed my mind about vintage preferences. I haven't, as this still looks the less defined (and delicious) wine of the pair. A personal preference though (and viva lavintage variation).

Firstly though, context - this red comes off Brian Croser's Whalebone Vineyard, located in Wrattonbully (not far from the Naracoorte caves). Planted in the mid 70s, the Whalebone Vineyard it is one of the oldest vineyards inthis oft-overlooked wine region, the soils sharing a similar red clay loam over limestone profile to that of Coonawarra to the south, yet Wrattonbully has a slightly cooler, drier climate (more inland).

WBM 2013 Wines of the Year - 2008 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cab Franc

Author: 
Mike Bennie
Source: 
WBM
Review Date: 
January 2014

Impressive from the get-go. Layers of dark fruits, earth, ferrous savouriness, eucalypt and sage. A formidable wall of fruit is tempered by ropes of dusty tannins, but all set in a medium body, cedary frame. Hold for a spell.

95 points

“seamless, impeccably balanced and velvety” - 2009 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc

Author: 
Peter Forestal
Source: 
Gourmet Traveller WINE
Review Date: 
Dec 2013 / Jan 2014

The cooler vintage means that the 2009 doesn't have the plush, vibrant immediacy of 2008 and will need time before its finer qualities are fully obvious. It is restrained with graphite minerality and briary complexities on the nose and palate. The palate is seamless, impeccably balanced and velvety: it is opulent and deep, and finishes long and dry with fine, slinky tannins that are tongue-coating and memorable. Best with five more years cellaring and capabale of another ten.

“sure to impress” - 2009 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
Toni Patterson
Source: 
Australian House and Garden
Review Date: 
December 2013

This is the perfect gift for the wine-loving relative. A classic Australian blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz, generous in flavour and proportion. THis pedigreed single-vineyard wine is sure to impress.

96 points from James Halliday for our 2009 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Australian Wine Companion
Review Date: 
4th of September 2013

 

An 84/16% blend aged for 22 months in 70% new French oak. Blackcurrant fruit is the main driver, albeit backed up on the mid-palate by more fleshy shiraz; it is medium-bodied, perfectly balanced, the tannins silky, the oak not at all over the top, the finish long.

96 points / 5 glasses

Drink by 2029

2010 Foggy Hill & 2007 Cab Shiraz both in Highlife Top 100

Author: 
John Fordham
Source: 
Highlife Magazine
Review Date: 
October / November 2013

John Fordham compiled his top 100 wines to coincide with Highlife magazine's 100th issue, and Tapanappa managed to sneak not one, but two onto the list.

Both in ther under $60 category, the 2010 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir and the 2007 Wrattonbully Cabernet Shiraz made the cut.

“very classy indeed” - 2009 Whalebone Cab SHiraz

Author: 
Winsor Dobbin
Source: 
Sunday Examiner
Review Date: 
1st of September 2013

If dad enjoys red wines, the this beautiful drink from Brian Croser's private vineyard at Wrattonbully might fit the bill. From a cool vintage, this is an elegant Limestone Coast red that has spent 21 months in 70 per cent new French oak but is beautifully balanced with concentrated fruit and cedary oak. A blend of 84 per cent cabernet sauvignon and 16 per cent shiraz. This is very classy indeed.

More reviews

Author: 
Amy Looker
Source: 
National Liquor News
Review Date: 
August 2013

From this month's National Liquor News

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2009

Ripe and sumptuous yet moderated by the silky texture, spicy flavours and fine-grained tannin impression of the Cabernet Franc.

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2009

Lovely black fruit and spice with charry oak and firm tannins to see it through to the long finish.

Outstanding - 94 points - 2009 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
Stuart Robinson
Source: 
The Vinsomniac
Review Date: 
30th of July 2013

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (84%) and Shiraz (16%), the fruit is dazzling, framed up by some exquisite oak treatment.

It's fairly loaded up with cassis, plum, and beyond that to underlying cedary notes, hints of violet. Multi-faceted, the fruit is very prominent, but return each time to find a little extra something, the wine revealing itself further.

Silken smooth on the plate, nigh effortless. Abundance of cassis here too, with peppery hints and eucalypt, supported with good acid set against a savoury edge. Tannin is ultra-fine, classy one could say. Seems a pleasure to drink now, yet cellaring well will certainly reward the patient.
94 - Outstanding

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