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Whalebone Vineyard Latest Reviews

Tapanappa 2006 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz - 94 Points & 2 glasses

Author: 
Nick Stock
Source: 
Good Wine Guide 2011
Review Date: 
November 2010

As polished and swish as you'd expect from the experienced Croser-Cazes team leading this project. Plenty of toasty oak, and deeply ripe, juicy plum/berry fruit presence - a convincing wine. The palate is swathed in supple, even tannin and finishes wilth silken refinement. A terrific internationally styled Australian red.

94 points. 2 glasses.

Tapanappa 2006 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot - Merlot of the Year

Author: 
Nick Stock
Source: 
Good Wine Guide 2011
Review Date: 
November 2010

Good Wine Guide 2011 Merlot of the Year

Another merlot that speaks first of its oak - quite cedary and gently smoky - then mulberry, dried plums and spice. The palate's laid out on sweetly ripe tannins, delivering plum flavour that holds reliably through the finish. A class act, with plenty more to come.

94 points. Two glasses.

Merlot of the Year Award

Wine Behind the Label - Tapanappa Wines

Author: 
David Moore (Ed.)
Source: 
Wine Behind The Label
Review Date: 
27th of October 2010

In its 7th edition, the respected UK publication Wine Behind the Label moved to an online format. The latest release  also named Tapanappa winemaker Brian Croser as star winemaker for the southern hemisphere.

The results were:

  • Europe: Ernest Loosen of Dr Loosen, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer & Eroica (Washington State)
  • Americas: Robert Levy of Harlan Estate & Bond Estates, Napa Valley
  • Southern Hemisphere: Brian Croser of Tapanappa, South Australia & Santa Rita Maipo, Chile

This is illustrious company to be in and a great recognition of Brian's winemaker skills.

Exploring South Australia's Back Roads

Author: 
Czerwinski
Source: 
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Review Date: 
17th of August 2010

Barossa and McLaren vale get the lion's share of the accolades, but other parts of South Australia are producing world-class wines that are distinctly different.

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At Petaluma, the early emphasis was on sparkling wines, back in 1976 when Brian Croser established it. The Piccadilly Valley is the coolest viticultural region in South Australia, and is the focus of the winery’s Chardonnay production, anchored by the Tiers Vineyard, which Croser planted in 1978. “It’s always been the backbone of the [Petaluma] blend,” says winemaker Andrew Hardy, now in his second stint with the winery.

Wine of the Week: Tapanappa Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz 2006 - 5 Stars

Author: 
Ralph Kyte-Powell
Source: 
The Age, Epicure liftout
Review Date: 
24th of Augst 2010

TAPANAPPA is an Australian-French consortium founded by Brian Croser (ex-Petaluma), Bordeaux-born Jean-Michel Cazes and Champagne Bolinger. The international nature of the partnership is echoed in this tasty wine. It takes the very Australian blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz (with a dab of cabernet franc), grown at Wrattonbully in South Australia, to make a red blend with a suave French accent. Cedary oak, blackcurrant, raspberry and clove-like notes mark the nose, while the medium-bodied palate has savoury flavours, an ultra-fine texture and perfect balance. Charming.

Whalebone Vineyard Wrattonbully Cabernet Shiraz 2006 - 5 glasses - 94 points

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
James Halliday Wine Companion 2011
Review Date: 
July 2010

Good hue; a 60/30/10 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz/Merlot with a very obvious infusion of French oak on bouquet and palate; has excellent texture and structure, and none of the tannin challenges of the Merlot. Cork.

14% alc. Rating 94 Drink 2016 $71.50 Date Tasted Dec 09

Whalebone Vineyard Wrattonbully Merlot 2006 - 5 glasses - 94 points

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
James Halliday Wine Companion 2011
Review Date: 
July 2010

Excellent crimson hue; potent merlot red fruits and hints of savoury herb on the way through the palate meeting firm, slightly dry, tannins on the back-palate and finish. Needs patience. Cork.

13.5% alc. Rating 94 Drink 2020 $71.50 Date Tasted Dec 09

2006 Tapanappa, Whalebone Vineyard, Cabernet/Shiraz, Wrattonbully, SA

Author: 
Matthew Jukes
Source: 
Matthew Jukes' 100 Best Australian Wines 2010
Review Date: 
June 2010

Last year's '06 Merlot sold out in the blink of an eye and so this year I have given the nod to the imperial Whalebone Cab/Shiraz. Fiendishly difficult to pin down, the flavour and aroma of this wine shapeshifts in the glass as you try to keep up with every intricate nuance. Lighter on its feet than one would imagine, this sensational red should last for twenty years in the bottle, but its balance is so finely tuned already that I would bet that its fans will not be able to keep their hands off it.

Tapanappa Cabernet Shiraz 2004 - 93 points

Author: 
Lincoln Scott
Source: 
GrapeScott.net
Review Date: 
13th of May 2010

Just a short note on this one. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Franc from the Whalebone Vineyard in Wrattonbully. On the nose, milk chocolate, blackcurrants, mulberries, iodine and a touch of tomato leaf and smokiness. The palate is nicely tannined and pleasantly textured, showing red and black fruits with dusty spices, a creamy mouthfeel and a leafy edge. Lovely balance, and very easy drinking indeed. Sealed under cork. About $70 on release I think. 14.5% abv. Drink 2010-2017. 93 points

TAPANAPPA WHALEBONE VINEYARD CABERNET SHIRAZ 2006 - 90+ points

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson
Source: 
The Wine Front
Review Date: 
12th of May 2010

Saw that there was a note for this 2006 Tapanappa Cabernet Shiraz in last year's Big Red Wine Book (well in advance of its release) and - noting the 91 point score - wondered whether we?d been a bit harsh. Or whether it had just been bottled at the time. Or whether ? well, thought it was worth revisiting. Opened a bottle earlier today to take a second look.

The structure and impact of the preceding two releases seem to be missing here ? though this still has a bit to recommend it. Gravel, blackcurrant, dried herbs and toasty, tarry flavours characterise it. Plus eucalypt. It has reasonable length and its oak has settled into the wine well. It just lacks a bit of drama, a bit of get up and go, a bit of length.

Rated: 90+ Points

Drink: 2012 - 2017

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