Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot/Cab Franc 2010 75cl

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Country Australia
Region Wrattonbully
Brand Tapanappa
Grape Variety Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot Blend
Size 75cl
ABV 14.10%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2010
Maturity Will age
Food Match Best accompanied by dishes based on braised ox cheeks or slow cooked veal shanks.
Style Full Bodied
2010 was a wonderful warm and dry vintage giving Merlot from Whalebone Vineyard ripe plum and spice flavours with big tannin structure. The Cabernet Franc was much more floral and delicate with a whisp of the leafiness for which this noble variety is renowned. The tannin structure of the Cabernet Franc was silky and fine grained.

. “Bright, youthful crimson; the bouquet is particularly fragrant, with red fruits, rose petal and cedar aromas; the palate moves into another gear, with intensely flavoured redcurrant, cigar box and a hint of earth ex the oak; the length and persistence of the palate and its aftertaste are striking.” - James Halliday - 97/100pts
Country Of Origin: Australia
The Whalebone Vineyard was purchased in 2002 when Tapanappa formed. Originally named Koppamurra Vineyard, this unique site (planted in 1974) was renamed ‘Whalebone Vineyard’ due to the discovery of a 35 million year old whale skeleton in a limestone cave beneath the vineyard. The two varieties,Merlot and Cabernet Franc, were harvested and made into wine as separatebatches and blended before bottling. The hand-harvested grapes were destemmed,lightly crushed and chilled for 4 days. During fermentation gentlehand plunging of the cap was performed daily, there was then a further weekof post fermentation maceration on skins. Once malo-lactic fermentation had finished, the wine was racked off lees and returned to 70% new French oak barrique for a total of 22 months.
Country Of Origin: Australia

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