Tag: Whalebone Vineyard 2016 Cabernet Franc Merlot

Should be in the cellar of every Australian wine lover – 2016 Whalebone Cabernet Franc Merlot

Author: Stuart Robinson
Source: The Vinsomniac
Date: Mar 2021

Classic right bank (Bordeaux) blend of Cabernet Franc (as opposed to Cabernet Sauvignon being king on the left). Wrattonbully in the far east of the state of South Australia has a cool, maritime influenced, climate – from memory the whalebone …

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We have a wine of swagger here, a bold wine but a vital wine – 2016 Whalebone Cabernet Franc Merlot

Author: Campbell Mattinson
Source: The Wine Front
Date: Jun 2020

Merlot makes up 44% of the wine, while cabernet franc is 56%. Always good to see franc holding sway.
When I first tasted this I thought there was too much bubble-gum oak, and for some people there probably is, but …

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2016 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Franc Merlot – 95 points, Gold

Author: Ned Goodwin
Source: Wine Companion
Date: Jun 2020

A full-bodied red based on the quintessential Bordeaux Right Bank prototype, this is rich yet fresh; forceful yet somehow savoury and while reflective of a warm, dry year manifest as salubrious dark fruit tones, bitter chocolate, mocha oak (20 months; …

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Needs time – 2016 Whalebone Cabernet Franc Merlot

Author: Nick Butler
Source: The Real Review
Date: Apr 2020

Bright and deep ruby-red colour. Loads of toasty oak and green rhubarb, eucalyptus and red licorice. Ripe red strawberries and cranberries wrestle with ambitious tannins and dried herb sinew. Tannins are chalky and ripe. It’s a bit of an assault …

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