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Whalebone Vineyard Latest Reviews

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
Drink By: 2025

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

Tapanappa Wines Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2007 - 93 Points

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson
Source: 
The Wine Front
Review Date: 
5th of October 2011

Whopping price on this first-release merlot-cabernet franc blend from Tapanappa’s Whalebone Vineyard. But the wine quality is excellent.

Elegant, finely structured, ripe but not sweet. It walks the talk of modern Australian red wine. It tastes of pencil and fresh herbs, leather and dark cherry. It has some curranty oomph, but it’s not a big bellied wine; it’s medium weight, almost slender. Vibrant aroma. Dry finish. Minor amount of eucalypt. Aftertaste of aniseed. It’s a red wine I’d be more than happy to have in my glass.

Rated : 93 Points

Drink : 2012 - 2017

Original review: http://www.winefront.com.au/tapanappa-whalebone-vineyard-merlot-cabernet...

The appeal of cabernet franc

Author: 
John Fordham
Source: 
The Sunday Telegraph
Review Date: 
2nd of October 2011

BRIAN Croser believes he's discovered Australia's true home for growing cabernet franc.

Holding court at Sydney's Quarter Twenty One, Croser proudly presented his latest super-premium Tapanappa red - 2007 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc ($85) - and he used the opportunity to heap huge praise on the Whalebone vineyard he purchased at Wrattonbully a decade ago.

Just north of Coonawarra, the vineyard features cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, merlot and cabernet franc. Croser quickly moved the conversation to cabernet franc, the variety that figures prominently in the classic red wines of Bordeaux.

Tapanappa Wrattonbully Cabernet Shiraz 2007

Author: 
Andrew Graham
Source: 
Australian WIne Review
Review Date: 
5th of September 2011

Sourced from one of the hottest vintages ever for the Tapanappa Wrattonbully vintage and it shows here - not even the high quality oak and astute winemaking can hide it.

Dusty, stewed blackberry, cedar and slightly caramelised red fruit nose. Fresher palate with initial burst of blackberry fruit, yet still carries the caramelised edges of the vintage. Drying, alcoholic finish is a fraction hard too. Just not quite in the freshness zone, though the extraction guarantees that this will make old bones. Winemaking still looks good regardless. 16/87

Original Review: http://www.ozwinereview.com/2011/09/tapanappa-wrattonbully-cabernet-shiraz.html

Joanna, Wrattonbully 2007 Cabernet Shiraz - 91 points

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Australian Wine Companion
Review Date: 
27th of July 2011

Fragrant red fruits, sage and cedary oak combine on the bouquet; the palate is medium-bodied, with ample polished and rounded tannins, providing texture to the gentle fruit and spice on offer.

91 points / 4½ goblets - Drink by: 2016

Tapanappa Cabernet Shiraz 2007

Author: 
Patrick Haddock
Source: 
www.winingpom.com.au
Review Date: 
5th of July 2011

Here’s the new range from Brian Croser’s ‘Wines of Terroir’ series, showing how Cabernet and Shiraz from Wrattonbully are a force to be reckoned with. This is a sibling to the Whalebone, from the Joanna vineyard where grapes grow on red clay loams over limestone, dating back 34 million years. No compromising on the quality here, with low yielding vines expressing an essential sense of place.

It’s vivid with plum, violets eucalpyt, chocolate and antique varnished chairs. An earthy palate ensues with lovely black fruit and spice, some charry oak, a little green, leafy character too. Great texture and slight warmth, while firm tannins see it through the long finish. Still plenty of life ahead for this elegant and understated performer. It will age with grace and express even more given time.

2007 Wrattonbully, Joanna Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
Chris Shanahan
Source: 
Canberra Times
Review Date: 
25th of May 2011

After Lion-Nathan’s acquisition of Brian Croser’s much-loved Petaluma Wine, Croser established Tapanappa with Jean-Michel Cazes of Chateau Lynch-Bages, Bordeaux, and Societe Jacques Bollinger, the parent company of Champagne Bollinger. In 2003 Tapanappa acquired Koppamurra Vineyard (established in 1974 by John Greenshields). The vineyard, since extended and renamed Whalebone, contributed the cabernet sauvignon to this blend, the shiraz coming from neighbour, Rob Hooper. Croser made the wine in the Petaluma Winery, Adelaide Hills. It’s very ‘Petaluma’ in style – clean, fresh and ripe but not over-ripe, beautifully balanced and not a hair out of place, so to speak. It’s elegant, restrained and likely to evolve well over time.

Cool nights and Cab Sauv

Author: 
David Ridge
Source: 
The Adelaide Review
Review Date: 
May 2011

2007 Wrattonbully Cabernet Shiraz

Here’s a red with pedigree; a nephew of one of Australia’s all-time great reds, the famous 79 Petaluma Coonawarra. This one from nearby Wrattonbully is not a blockbuster but a wine of complete but not excessive ripeness, balance and length. This is elegance. The maker is well known and his label, Tapanappa, adorns Brian Croser’s post-Petaluma collection of wines from specific (and cool) terroirs that express a personality. Cabernet (70 percent) and Shiraz from neighbouring vineyards planted in red clay loam over ancient limestone in the Joanna locality, combine to offer gorgeous aromatics and flavours of raspberry, anise, smoke and spice in an even and persistent package. The wine is enlived by nice nervy structure and finishing zip.

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