2017 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Highly Rated
Tapanappa |Wrattonbully |Cabernet Blends
An intensely complex Cabernet dominant blend, with the finesse, and power, that this Wrattonbully vineyard has become known for.

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Named for the fossilised whale skeleton discovered in a cave under the vineyard, Whalebone is a very special site. With its soil composition, and location on an ancient shoreline, the terroir and resultant wines are reminiscent of St Emilion.

This is a powerful, yet lithe wine, aromas, and flavours of rich cassis and green tinge of Cabernet seamlessly integrated with the leather and spice of Shiraz. The minty earthen note in the wine is a distinct vineyard characteristic, that shines through here as well.

Brian Croser venerates this vineyard, and considers it a jewel of his sites, and this his hallmark wine only serves to confirm that notion.

The Cabernet Sauvignon was hand harvested from the Whalebone Vineyard and delivered at night to the Tapanappa Winery in the Piccadilly Valley. The Shiraz was hand harvested from the Shining Rock Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills.
The Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz wines were separately gently pressed away from the skins and immediately gravitated to French oak barriques, 60% new and 40% single use, to undergo malolactic fermentation. At the end of malolactic fermentation the wines were racked off gross lees and returned to barrique for a further 18 months of maturation.

95 Points - "A cooler season works its magic, lifting the violet perfume of cabernet, the black pepper of shiraz, the bright tang of acidity and the fine-ground energy of enduring, chalk-bound tannins. Regional menthol assumes its rightful place. Medium-bodied effortlessness is refreshing. A keeper." Tyson Stelzer (Halliday Wine Companion)

92 Points - "Wrattonbully the hero here. Shiraz again comes from Adelaide Hills, however. Seaspray, seaweed scents, a dusting of clove, cassis, some eucalyptus too. Evocative perfume. Dark fruit flavours, more of the salty, seaweed thing to taste, some saltbush greenery too, chewy, clove-y oak laid on with late coming tannins building to a nice chew. Good concentration, flow, suppleness, though a bit dry and tangy on the finish. That being said, there’s a really pleasing old school, good school feel to everything here." 92+ points Mike Bennie (Wine Front)

93 Points - "Medium to deep red colour with a trace of purple and a mossy, undergrowth bouquet with traces of humus and cabernet raspberry-mint, more savoury than fruity. The wine is very dry and savoury in the mouth, finishing with firm tannins and a palate-cleansing trace of bitterness. It perhaps lacks a little in freshness but has undoubted depth of flavour, concentration and is already quite complex." Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

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