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Tapanappa 'Whalebone Vineyard'

Cabernet-Shiraz, 2004

Australia Red

Wrattonbully 75cl

This is the second release from this new venture between the Croser family, Bollinger and the Cazes family of Lynch Bages. The debut 2003 was frankly dissapointing, i was surprised it was released as the 'grand vin', however this new 2004 from an excellent vintage is much more impressive. Coming from a 30 year old vineyard , the vineyard completely renovated. Yields are low at 4 tonnes/hectare and the vineyard husbandry has been such that this will always be the maximu yield. An unfiltered blend of 70% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc. 1450 cases only produced. A prolonged cool ripening period meant that the grapes were picked in perfect condition in the second week of April. The grapes were handpicked, destemmed and partially crushed (60% whole berries) and chilled to 1 tonne fermenters. After a cold soak of 3 days, a native yeast of the vineyard was added and the fermenters hand plunged twice daily during a two week fermentation. The fermenters were sealed for a further week of skin contact with the finished wine, then pressed directly to new French oak barriques to undergo malo-lactic fermentation on full lees. After malo, the wines were racked every 6 months of their 18 month stay in barrique. The final clear racking allowed the components to be blended, after a light egg white fining the wine was bottled unfiltered in December 2005.
14.3% alcohol. Deep in colour it exhibits a rich nose of ripe berry fruit and spice with seasoned oak. Smoky with a hint of mint, liquorice and a touch of cedar. It's full flavoured and silky. Rich, plush, warm berry fruit, dense and sweet with ripe tannins and integrated creamy oak. It's very young but has a lovely seamless character with a rich texture. Long smoky and spicy. Big, rich and really quite delicious. A touch of mint too on the long finish. It's impressive and sure to age very well. Drink 2008-2015.

Published: 27 September 2006

, Author: Noel

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