Here’s the new range from Brian Croser’s ‘Wines of Terroir’ series, showing how Cabernet and Shiraz from Wrattonbully are a force to be reckoned with. This is a sibling to the Whalebone, from the Joanna vineyard where grapes grow on red clay loams over limestone, dating back 34 million years. No compromising on the quality here, with low yielding vines expressing an essential sense of place.
It’s vivid with plum, violets eucalpyt, chocolate and antique varnished chairs. An earthy palate ensues with lovely black fruit and spice, some charry oak, a little green, leafy character too. Great texture and slight warmth, while firm tannins see it through the long finish. Still plenty of life ahead for this elegant and understated performer. It will age with grace and express even more given time.
Original review: http://www.winingpom.com.au/2011/07/tapanappa-cabernet-shiraz-2007