- Rated 96 points by James Hallliday
Tapanappa Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz 2013 x6
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85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Shiraz
Braised lamb shanks.
French oak barriques (90% of which were new and the balance 1 use) for 15 months.
Medium density and purple edged.
Aroma is of cedar and spicy cassis Cabernet and the earthy terroir character of the Whalebone Vineyard.
The Shiraz plays a role in filling out the middle palate. The core of the wine is sweet but the finish is of gentle savoury tannin.
Tapanappa acquired the then 30 year-old Whalebone Vineyard in 2002 and completely renovated it onto a new trellis supporting a shoot thinned vertical canopy. There are 4 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon that was planted at Tapanappa's Whalebone Vineyard in 1974. The old Cabernet Sauvignon vines of the Whalebone Vineyard have responded magnificently. After a forty-year struggle the vine roots have penetrated the deeper limestone layers and are extracting a balance of moisture and nutrient to sustain a meagre crop of 2 tonneshectare. The vines have sufficient canopy and root system to fully ripen the harvest relying only on natural rainfall. The hand selected bunches of Cabernet Sauvignon from Whalebone Vineyard and the Shiraz from the neighbouring Crayeres Vineyard were separately de-stemmed, partially crushed and chilled. The tubs of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz were separately tipped into a small airbag press and pressed straight to French oak barriques, 90% 0f which were new and the balance 1 use. Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrique in the spring and barriques were racked off full lees and the wines were sulphured and returned to barrique for another 15 months. In January 2015 the wines were clear racked from barrique and 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Shiraz were blended ready for bottling on 17th of February 2015.
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