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"It's a big youthful wine that will certainly reward with time and age" - 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
March 2021

Deep red colour with a trace of purple and the bouquet has a gun-smoky, black olive, roasted-fruit bouquet, the palate full-bodied and chewy with assertive, slightly bitter tannins that leave a hefty chew on the aftertaste. A quite heavy, thick-textured red that deserves time and really needs some ageing. Big extraction, bulky and lacking elegance. It's very ripe and savoury: a long way removed from simple fruit.
92 points