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The Wine Detective looks at Wrattonbully

Sarah Ahmed
The Wine Detective
Review Date: 
8th of January 2014

As part of her Limestone Coast regional tour, Sarah Ahmed has produced a detailed article on the geology and associated wines of the Wrattonbully region, including a look at our unique Whalebone Vineyard. Read the full article here:

As part of this she reviewed both our 2009 Whalbone wines as follows.

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2009 (Wrattonbully)

This finely honed medium-bodied 64:36 blend reveals lifted tobacco, a hint of mint and supple yet bright plum and red berry and currant fruit on the palate.  A charge of fine tannins and its mineral-sluiced fresh acidity makes for a distinctly dry, ageworthy wine.  Lovely precision, polish and length. 14%

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2009 (Wrattonbully)

An expressive nose reveals tobacco-edged damson and cassis fruit, which follows through on a ripe but restrained well-tailored palate.  Intense not dense, it betrays the cool vintage and, as yet, doesn’t display the earthy, smoky (smoked paprika/eucalyptus) notes I associate with this wine. 13.81%