Sunday 1st of December “Piccadilly Pick-a-Dozen
10am - 1pm, Tapanappa Winery. Load up the car with wine for the festive season!
Taste and buy wines from Terre a Terre /DAOSA, Tapanappa, CRFT, Barratt Wines and Greenhill WInes.
Sausage sizzle, coffee, cherries and flower stall!

Whalebone Vineyard Latest Reviews

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

08 Cab Shiraz A wonderful rendition of the great Australian red

Author: 
Jeremy Pringle
Source: 
winewilleatitself.com
Review Date: 
31st of January 2013

Brian Croser’s Tapanappa venture has been of interest to me since its inception in 2002 and tasting this makes me very pleased that I have some of the 2004 tucked away in the cellar. 70% Cabernet, 30% Shiraz and a wonderful rendition of the great Australian red it is too, combining the structure and elegance of the Bordeaux grape with the plush essence of its Rhône partner.

2008 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc - 95/100 very impressive

Author: 
Patrick Haddock
Source: 
winingpom.com.au
Review Date: 
18th of November 2012

You don’t see many Australian red blends with Merlot as the dominant grape in the blend that cost this much, but it takes the chutzpah of a Brian Croser to make a wine like this.  It’s from Wrattonbully which is the next surprise, even more surprising is the lottery of the cork closure. Phew that’s three surprises and I’ve not even tasted the wine yet.

2008 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc - sure hands here

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson
Source: 
winefront.com.au
Review Date: 
20th of November 2012

The Whalebone Vineyard – great name – in the Wrattonbully region includes 0.8 hectares of cabernet franc and 1 hectare of merlot. These vines were planted in 1974. “After a 30 year struggle the vines have penetrated the deeper limestone layers and are extracting a balance of moisture and nutrient to sustain a meagre crop of 2 tonnes/hectare. The vines have sufficient canopy and root system to fully ripen the harvest relying only on natural rainfall” – according to the press release. The wine spends 30 months in French oak (30 percent new), a portion of this time on full lees. It’s bottled without filtration and then spends two years in bottle prior to release. 300 dozen made.

2008 Whalebone Cab Shiraz - beautifully executed.

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson
Source: 
winefront.com.au
Review Date: 
20th of November 2012

The traditional Australian red blend, beautifully executed. 70 percent cabernet sauvignon, 30 percent shiraz. All French oak.

Has a bit of a swagger to it, this wine. It’s rich, chocolatey, grainy and substantial. Flavours are mostly in the blackberry/plum area though there’s eucalypt here and well-integrated smoky/spicy oak. Tannin curls out and around the finish. Noticeably dry, almost sinewy, despite its richness. As with the merlot cabernet franc blend, this will age long term.

94 points

Grand red

Author: 
Tony Love
Source: 
The Advertiser - Taste
Review Date: 
14th of November 2012

Grand red with a mint/eucalyptus background - often typical of the Wrattonbully region - pure forest fruits and beautifully managed, cedar, leather, oak-derived layers adding mid-range richness.

Wrattonbully 2009 Shiraz - 94 Points

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Wine Companion 2013
Review Date: 
17th of July 2012

Medium red-purple; an elegant, complex wine bringing spice, mint and quality oak aromas and flavours into line with the ripe mulberry/plum fruit of the medium-bodied palate, the tannins soft and balanced.

Rating: 94 points / 5 goblets

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Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc - 94 points / 5 goblets

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Wine Companion
Review Date: 
21st Feb 2011

Mid garnet; a subtle reflection of red fruits, sage, licorice and leather; the medium bodied palate is finely textured, with ample fine-grained tannins complementing the subtle red fruit and earthy tones of the finish; a long, fine and elegant example.
Rating: 94 points / 5 goblets
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Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2007 - 4.5 stars

Author: 
Chris Shanahan
Source: 
The Canberra Times
Review Date: 
9th of November 2011

Whalebone Vineyard, named for a fossilied whale skeleton in the limestone beneath it, was planted by John Greenshields in 1974 and bought by Tapanappa, a joint venture led by Brian Croser; in 2002. This is the first release of  a merlot-cabernet franc, inspired by the wines of Bordeaux's St Emilion sub-region. Ripe, sweet, pure, plummy-earthy merlot dominates the aroma, with an attractive floral lift, probably from the cabernet franc. The palate reflects the aroma, with merlot's assertive tannins ameliorated by the gentler cabernet franc.

4.5 stars.

Jeff's Pick - Tapanappa 2007 Whalebone Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: 
Jeff Collerson
Source: 
Daily Telegraph
Review Date: 
29st of October 2011

Petaluma founder Brian Croser made this world-class red from a vineyard on Coonawarra's edge. Cabernet franc is unfashionable yet plays a vital role in many great Bordeaux reds. Croser launched this next to a $1400 Bordeaux and is compared well.

Enjoy with eye fillet

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