2008 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

TapanappaWrattonbully appears to have a genuine future as a Merlot producing region. The addition of 40% Cabernet Franc adds a good deal of interest as well. The Whalebone Vineyard was planted in 1974 and it’s producing some exciting wines already.

Luxurious and bountiful from the warmth of the vintage, there’s plenty of sweet and plush fruit on entry. Blackcurrants and plums, seductive violet florals, eucalypt, drinking chocolate, earth and saline minerality. Peppery and warming with grainy tannin bunching up on the finish. Layers, power and excellent depth. It’s a big-ish wine but one to revel in. 93 Very Good

Region: Wrattonbully
Alcohol: 14.7%
Closure: Cork
Price: $80
Tasted: February 2013


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