Recognition

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2005 – 93/100

Author: Tom Cannavan
Source: www.wine-pages.com
Review Date: Jun 2010

The Cab Shiraz is available in slightly higher volumes, with around 1400 cases produced. As well as 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Shiraz, there is a further 10% of Cabernet Franc completing the blend, all cropped very low at 2.5 tonnes/hectare (around 34hl/ha). The wine spent 20 months in French oak, around 70% of the barrels being new. It has a deep, fragrant, sonorous nose, with blackcurrant and ripe, juicy black plum to the fore, some espressoo and mocha beneath and notes of fresh, damp earth. There’s still a typical menthol nuance wafting through the fruit. On the palate it is structured, broad and concentrated, the savoury dark fruit filling the mouth and the tannin structure fine and supple. Balance is excellent, in another beautifully pitched wine. 93/100.

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