Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2008
  • Rated 96 points by James Hallliday
  • Crafted by Brian Croser
  • This is a bold red for hearty dishes

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2008 x6

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"The 60-40% blend was cold-soaked for four days prior to fermentation commencing, hand-plunged with a peak of 32C, then macerated for seven days post fermentation; thereafter 20 months in French oak (30% new) before being bottled unfiltered. The colour is vivid purple-crimson, the medium-bodied palate exceptionally supple and smooth, the tannins silky and fine. A truly lovely wine." 96 points, James Halliday Wine Companion, July 2013.

Wine Region

WRATTONBULLY

Drink Until

2033

Varieties

60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc

Alcohol

14.0%

Foods

This is a wine for hearty winter dishes of braised and slow cooked meats and roasted.

Oak

Matured in French oak.

Colour

Deep crimson-purple in colour.

Nose

The aromas are a blend of the Christmas cake mixed dried fruit of the Merlot and the perfumed violets and spice of the Cabernet Franc overlying the terroir imprint of the Whalebone Vineyard of smoky Eucalypt and fresh earth.

Palate

The flavours are ripe and sumptuous with a massive core of sweet fruit of Merlot and its big tannin imprint, moderated by the silky texture, spicy flavours and fine-grained tannin impression of the Cabernet Franc.

Background

The 2008 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc is the product of a warm and ripe vintage. 2008 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc has the fruit density and freshness and the tannin structure to improve with at least a couple of decades in bottle.

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