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: http://www.thewinedetective.co.uk/blog/australia/the-limestone-coast-par…
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%