A 64/36% blend matured for 22 months in 70% new French oak. Bright, light hue, still youthful; a complex wine from start to finish, the bouquet expressive, the medium-bodied palate with many messages of savoury red fruits, black olive and briar, corralled by fine, but persistent, tannins.
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Whalebone Vineyard Latest Reviews
A trio of reviews from Jancis Robinson
Tapanappa, Whalebone Vineyard 2009 Wrattonbully, 16.5+
“Mid blackish ruby. Firm and meaty on the nose. Actually it does not taste dominated by Cabernet. Subtle and appetising. Still with tannins in evidence but very fine textured and warming but certainly not hot on the finish. Cries out for food. Clearly made with minimal additions. Long and vibrant. Still quite young and earthy.”
Tapanappa, Whalebone Vineyard Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2009 Wrattonbully, 17
“Bright ruby red. Subtle, savoury, earthy notes. Really very restrained for an Australian red! Perhaps the slightest of minty hints? Very cool, sophisticated, dry finish. Super-appetising and quite youthful. Some palates may even criticise it for being too light. Lots more still to come. Hint of tarmacadam on the finish.”
Tapanappa is a venture between Brian Croser, Bollinger and Chateau Lynch Bages in Bordeaux. Six hundred and eighty dozen of this 84/16 blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz were made. It drinks beautifully now, with layered flavours of cassis, violets, floral blueberry, blackberry, mulberry and cedar-like oak. Medium-bodied, and spritely through the mouth, there’s rich, fruit-driven concentration. Fine-grained tannins provide a firm grip, and loads of length.
5 out of 5
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)
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.