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.