2017 Tapanappa 'Whalebone Vineyard' Cabernet-Shiraz, Wrattonbully, SA

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2017 Tapanappa 'Whalebone Vineyard' Cabernet-Shiraz, Wrattonbully, SA

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YEAR: 2017
VARIETAL: Cabernet-Shiraz
APPELLATION: Wrattonbully
REGION: South Australia
COUNTRY: Australia
STYLE: Dry

DESCRIPTION:

When Brian Croser sold Distinguished Vineyards (Petaluma, Bridgewater Mill, Croser sparkling, etc), he kept or acquired a few choice plots for the new company, Tapanappa. One of these was the remarkable Whalebone Vineyard in Wrattonbully, where an actual prehistoric whalebone was found when the first vines were planted. This was an ancient beach, and the limestone sub-soil came from innumerable shellfish that piled up over the millenia. Very similar to Coonawarra.

The grapesgrown on this special soil make special wine. Superbly concentrated cabernet fruit dominates the nose, with the much smaller Shiraz component weighing into the mid-palate. Quality French oak, a mixture of new and single use, provides structure and has helped tame the tannins. This delicious wine is one of my firm favourites, and I've followed it through several vintages. It just keeps getting better and better!

LC