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"An excellent example of Australia's own unique blend" - 2016 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
Angus Hughson
Source: 
Winepilot
Review Date: 
September 2020

The classic Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz blend is all about combining the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon with the ripeness and upfront appeal of shiraz. This example does it well, aided by the warm 2016 vintage.

It is a bright deep ruby colour but still closed, and youthful. The fruit is brooding – layers of tar, olive tapenade, cedar and spice combined with tight grained oak. On the palate it is dry, juicy, angular and structural with concentrated fruit currently enveloped in a blanket of tannins. All the pieces are in place, it just needs time to flesh out.
96 points