2008 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

tapanappa cab shirazBrian Croser’s Tapanappa venture has been of interest to me since its inception in 2002 and tasting this makes me very pleased that I have some of the 2004 tucked away in the cellar. 70% Cabernet, 30% Shiraz and a wonderful rendition of the great Australian red it is too, combining the structure and elegance of the Bordeaux grape with the plush essence of its Rhône partner.

A warmer year sees plenty of rich blackcurrant and berry fruit framed by top-class savoury, cedar oak – all French of course. Gum and bay leaf, dark chocolate and licorice all make an appearance in a layered wine of true depth. The climax comes in the form of long, fine-grained tannin which tightly binds the whole package. 94 Excellent

Region: Wrattonbully
Alcohol: 14.9%
Closure: Cork
Price: $55
Tasted: January 2013


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2 Responses to 2008 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

  1. colin r says:

    As I see the alcohol is at 14.9 % I would expect to read some comments in relation to the detectable alc. on both the nose and the palate. Can I assume there is none, a little or not enough to be of concern ?Or the wine simply carries it effortlessly.

  2. Colin – A fair point and interesting that you should raise it. The label lists the ABV at 14.5% but the website has it at 14.9%. Either way, I think there is little if any alcohol heat apparent in the wine, on the nose or palate. It does indeed carry it well.

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