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Whalebone Vineyard Latest Reviews

Review of the Tapanappa Wines range

Author: 
Alontin
Source: 
http://australianwinereviews.blogspot.com/
Review Date: 
24th/25th of February 2011

I have a small number of Tapanappa wines in my cellar, but never tasted the full range until last night. I cannot think of another small Australian winery which produces four different wines at such an outstanding level. I much prefer these wines to Brian Croser's old Petaluma range. Every wine I tried I would rate in the 95/96 point range.

The 2008 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay is brilliant. Made in the style of a leading Montrachet, it undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation. Despite this, there is enough acidity to balance the ripe lemon and creamy flavours. The wine is matured in 50% new oak, and it shows, but it is not overwhelming. Not many Chardonnay vines in Australia benefit from the full French treatment, but this wine is outstanding and justifies its hefty price tag.

Top drops - Peter Forrestal rates three of the best for STM

Author: 
Peter Forrestal
Source: 
Sunday Times
Review Date: 
13th of February 2011

2008 Tapanappa Tiers Chardonnay

Brian Croser lives alongside the superb Tiers vineyard in the Adelaide Hills and coaxes one of the country’s finest chardonnays from its 30-year-old vines. This has restraint and fruit purity, wonderful texture and bright, refreshing acidity.

2009 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

From a mild, dry growing season in Southern Fleurieu Peninsula in SA comes this brooding, age-worthy pinot that is tight, fine and showing power, restrained dark-cherry and raspberry-pith flavours.

2006 Tapanappa Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Cellar Notes - 2006 Whalebone Merlot 93 points

Author: 
Ken Gargett
Source: 
Courier Mail
Review Date: 
5th of February 2011

 

Most drinkers regard merlot as a simple, light quafer with hints of plum and raspberry but the best merlots offer intensity, depth of flavour, firm tannin structure and serious length. Merlot works best blended with cabernet and other Bordeaux varieties, though it can star as a solo actor with just a splash of something else. There's the stunning, and stunningly expensive, Chateau Petrus from Pomerol in Bordeaux, and a couple of great Italians, most notably Maseto from Tuscany. Efforts to identify the best region for merlot in Australia are ongoing. Our producers make value merlots, which drink as basic reds, as well as wines of the highest quality with prices to match.

 

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot 2006

Intense, balanced and yet retaining a degree of elegance. Flavours edge through dried fruits, plum and liqueur fruit cake. [93 points]

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

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