Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2015
Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2015 is one of the ripest flavoured vintages from this unique distinguished site. The aroma is of mulberry and cassis with no leafiness and an earthy, smoky Eucalypt bouquet typical of the Whalebone terroir. The flavours are rich and strong with an underlying fresh varietal complexity including the spiciness of Cabernet and the fresh leather and anise of Shiraz. The tannins are at once creamy and substantial providing a savoury and long finish.
The hand selected bunches of Cabernet Sauvignon from Whalebone Vineyard and the Shiraz from the adjacent Crayeres Vineyard were destemmed, partially crushed and chilled to 2ºC into 0.9 tonne tubs. After a 4-day cold maceration, the tubs were inoculated with Tapanappa’s own yeast and were hand plunged each day of the 10 day fermentation. The maximum temperature reached was 34ºC and after the completion of fermentation the tubs were sealed down for a 7-day post fermentation maceration. The tubs of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz were separately tipped into a small airbag press and pressed straight to French oak barriques, 50% of which were new and the balance one use. In February 2017 after 20 months in oak barriques, the wines were clear racked from barrique and 85% of Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Shiraz were blended for bottling in March 2017.
The Finer Details
Style - Red Wine
Varietal - Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Shiraz 15%
Country - Australia
Region - Wrattonbully, South Australia
Vintage - 2015
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 14.9%