Whalebone Vineyard Latest Reviews

“Very, very good indeed” - Outstanding - 2009 Whalebone Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: 
Lester Jesberg
Source: 
Wine Wise
Review Date: 
22nd of July 2013

2009 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc Brian Croser, CEO and winemaker for Tapanappa, has been a much-respected friend of Winewise since our very early days. His great contribution to Australian wine via Petaluma and other avenues is part of our history, but he may well be doing his best work as a “small” winemaker at Tapanappa in Wrattonbully. Has he become more of an adventurous, free spirit? Maybe Brian will get back to me on that. The wine? Well, it’s very, very good indeed. The plumminess of perfectly ripe merlot shows through, but there’s much more to this red than just fruit. It has the tobacco leaf notes, length and savouriness we encounter in fine Bordeaux wines. It’s European “dry” rather than Australian “sweet”, and it is a great cellaring proposition, even though it’s under cork.
Outstanding

“A truly lovely wine” - 96 points and Top "Other Reds" - 2008 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Australian Wine Companion 2014
Review Date: 
July 2013

The 60/40% blend was cold-soaked for four days prior to fermentation commencing, hand-plunged with a peak of 32?C, then macerated for seven days post fermentation; thereafter 20 months in French oak (30% new) before being bottled unfiltered. The colour is vivid purple-crimson, the medium-bodied palate exceptionally supple and smooth, the tannins silky and fine. A truly lovely wine.
96 points

95 points - 2008 Whalbone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Australian Wine Companion 2014
Review Date: 
26th of July 2013

The late Len Evans would doubtless have taken great delight in pointing out the quality of this 70/30% blend, used in the first Petaluma Coonawarra, but not thereafter. This has been made in the same way as the Merlot Cabernet Franc, but is fuller-bodied, with more obvious texture, and will benefit from more time.
95 points

Andrew Jefford's top 20 Australian terroir wines

Author: 
Andrew Jefford
Source: 
Decanter
Review Date: 
August 2013

Made from 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, this is an expressive, mouthcoating 'Cheval Blanc' blend of resonant subtlety and drinkability, grown on the limestones of Wrattonbully. The site is less wine-prone than Coonawarra - a factor in the wine's comeliness.

18 points
Drink 2013 - 2025

"move fast to secure a bottle" - 96 points - 2009 Whalebone Cab Shiraz

Author: 
Peter Chapman
Source: 
Queensland Times et al.
Review Date: 
22nd of June 2013

My advice is to move fast to secure a bottle or three of this limited new fine wine release from South Aussie winemaker Brian Croser. A striking shiraz that will stand tall for years to come.

Food: Smoked duck
Rating: 96/100

a rich, heady, complex wine - 2008 Whalebone Cab Shiraz

Author: 
Andrea Frost
Source: 
The Adelaide Review
Review Date: 
June 2013

 

There are many reasons this wine could add something to your meal. Tapanappa is winemaker Brian Croser’s venture in which he aims to make very special wines by matching all the component parts exceptionally well – climate, soil, geology, varieties with impeccable winemaking and viticulture. The Whalebone vineyard was planted in 1974 and is so named because of the whale skeleton found in a limestone cave on the property, a reminder of the scale and age of Australia’s geological history. After three decades of struggling on the site, the vines have finally penetrated the deeper limestone layers to extract the nutrients and moisture that help to make such a significant wine. It’s a rich, heady, complex wine brimming with aromas of blackcurrant, spice, violets, earth and minerality, all woven together with acidity and freshness.

2009 Merlot Cab Franc - Outstanding!

Author: 
Stuart Robinson
Source: 
The Vinsomniac
Review Date: 
13th of June 2013

It's testament to the underlying quality here, that the wine was both approachable now, yet also imparted a sense of where it may well be over its life.

Opens with a plummy mix, supported by an oak framework that provides its longevity. Savoury, cedary with elevated notes being offered by the Cabernet Franc. Malty, chocolate oak adds to the mix, the aromatics swirling, layered and inviting.

The palate yields dense, chewy tannin; spicy black olive tapenade is in the frame too. Fruit is a consistent theme throughout, threading its way around an inherently spicy core. The finish is long, savoury with fine tannin. Black and dense. One for the long haul.

94 - Outstanding

2009 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz - a rare degree of refinement

Author: 
Jermey Pringle
Source: 
Wine Will Eat Itself
Review Date: 
10th of June 2013

he Whalebone Vineyard reds are always swathed in oak. Unashamedly so. They’re built for the long haul. Still, there’s a rare degree of refinement about them that sets them apart. The vineyard and the fruit is still clearly visible. It’s just framed by cedar, chocolate and toast. Here we have a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Shiraz.

Cassis and plum with a streak of redcurrants and some subtle leafiness and pepper. Strong eucalyptus overtones. It’s more vital than the 2008 with fine acidity in greater evidence. Those tightly knit, grainy tannins are classy and savoury. Put it away for at least ten years. It isn’t anywhere near ready to go now but it will repay patience.

94+ Excellent

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