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“slightly old school”- 2013 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Campbell Mattinson
The Wine Front
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The Whalebone Vineyard was planted in 1974 and is, by all reports, a terrific site.
Cellarable? I definitely think so. It’s bold, tannic, thick with tar and plum flavours, and has integrated its smoky/cedary oak quite perfectly. Nothing sticks out; it’s a bold red wine with its foundations of tannin well in place, and nothing much stands between it and the future. Whether or not the wine is either charming or compelling though is another matter. The alcohol doesn’t seem excessive but the fruit profile borders on overdone. Peppermint cream characters to the aftertaste add to the slightly old school impression.

92+ points