Whalebone Vineyard Latest Reviews

2009 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc - Exceptional - 95 points

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

Apart from a short heat wave at the end of January, 2009 was a cooler vintage in Wrattonbully. The coolest since 2005. It’s made for an even better rendition of the Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc than the terrific 2008 release. Fresher fruit, more definition and less warmth. The oak-driven structure ensures longevity but it is more approachable than the Cabernet Shiraz at the moment.

Cedar, dark chocolate and coffee. Smoke, brown grass, spiced plum and redcurrant. A pleasing hint of olive and some gamey-ness. It’s slightly silty in the mouth. More about fruit intensity than weight, still it’s nearing full-bodied. Maintains a degree of elegance though and has character and complexity in spades. 95 Excellent – Exceptional

Three great reviews for three great sites from Jancis Robinson

Author: 
Jancis RObinson
Source: 
JancisRobinson.com
Review Date: 
17th of May 2013

Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 Piccadilly Valley 

17 points 
Drink 2015-2022

"Smoky nose. [...] Still quite youthful but you can see where it is headed. Pretty chewy for the moment but nice savour. Really succulent."

Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Fleurieu Peninsula 

17 points 
Drink 2015-2020

"Quite a rich array of aromas on the nose – not a burgundy copy but something very interesting and valid. Dry finish. A hint of iron filings on the finish but it really goes on in the mouth. Well done!"

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2008 Wrattonbully 

17 points 
Drink 2016-2023

2008 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc - A truly lovely wine - 96 points

Source: 
Wine Companion Magazine
Review Date: 
June / 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
Drink to 2033 

An outstanding example of Australia's original signature red blend - 08 Cab Shiraz

Author: 
John Fordham
Source: 
Highlife Magazine
Review Date: 
May 2013

John Fordham's fancies

Tapanappa became legendary vigneron Brian Croser's new home at Wrattonbully following the sale of his Petaluma empire. This is an outstanding example of Australia's original signature red blend, dominated by 40-year-old cabernet sauvignon fruit with a powerful shiraz component. A wine that ticks all the colour, flavour and bouquet boxes.

Deep and satisfying - 2008 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc

Author: 
Peter Bourne
Source: 
Gourmet Traveller WINE
Review Date: 
April / May 2013

The 2008 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc remains under cork but it's a beautiful specimen: long and firm. The wine is a deep, blood red with an intriguing bouquet of plum cake, sweet aromatic spices and a touch of mint. The palate is deep and satisfying with sweet plummy fruit and a fresh raspberry lift. The toasty oak is well integrated and the finish long. A delight with rare beef now. Five years cellaring will see it a suitable companion to an aged cheddar.

08 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc - Impressive from the get go - 95 points

Author: 
Mike Bennie
Source: 
WBM Magazine
Review Date: 
March 2013

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

Absolutely classy red - 2008 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc

Author: 
Andrew Graham
Source: 
Australian Wine Review
Review Date: 
10th of March 2013

Another day, another dogma challenging wine. Here though, the question is not about climate challenging varieties (as it was with yesterday's Domaine A Cabernet), but about regionally challenging blends, featuring two grapes that have been traditionally delegated to mere second string blending components in the Coonawarra/Wrattonbully construct.

In this case, those grapes are Merlot and Cabernet Franc, both of which make up just 1.8 hectares out of the 8 hectares of older plantings on the Whalebone vineyard property, the vines dating back to 1974. Dry grown and producing just 2 tonnes/hectare (0.8 tonnes/acre or 2/3rds the yield of Grand Cru Burgundy) these small, tough vines produce seriously concentrated grapes (and fittingly concentrated wines).

07 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc - 95/100

Author: 
Mike Bennie
Source: 
WBM
Review Date: 
June 2012

Ripeness, earth spice and oak punch segue to an impossibly medium bodied, elegant palate - has complexity of bay leaf, bergamot tannins and a layered savouriness, but drinkability is the import. Impressive for architecture

95/100

08 Merlot Cab Franc - One to revel in, 93points

Author: 
Jeremy Pringle
Source: 
WineWillEatItself.com
Review Date: 
5th of February 2013

Wrattonbully appears to have a genuine future as a Merlot producing region. The addition of 40% Cabernet Franc adds a good deal of interest as well. The Whalebone Vineyard was planted in 1974 and it’s producing some exciting wines already.

Luxurious and bountiful from the warmth of the vintage, there’s plenty of sweet and plush fruit on entry. Blackcurrants and plums, seductive violet florals, eucalypt, drinking chocolate, earth and saline minerality. Peppery and warming with grainy tannin bunching up on the finish. Layers, power and excellent depth. It’s a big-ish wine but one to revel in.

93 Very Good

Original review: http://winewilleatitself.com/2013/02/05/2008-tapanappa-whalebone-vineyar...

08 Merlot Cab Franc - Distinction and class 97/100

Author: 
Ray Jordon
Source: 
The West Australian - West Weekend Magazine
Review Date: 
2nd of February 2013

Brian Croser has captured distinctive vineyard and vintage characters while embracing an almost atypically tight and light structure. Displays elegance and style with a slickness you only get from the very finest. Perfume notes emerge, with the new French oak influence striking. The palate is delicate, yet powerful. A wine of distinction and class.
97/100

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