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2017 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Franc Merlot

Adelaide HillsRedAustralian

$ 90.00 AUD


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The Merlot and Cabernet Franc were hand harvested from the Whalebone Vineyard and delivered at night to the Tapanappa Winery in the Piccadilly Valley.The grapes were destemmed, lightly roller crushed and chilled to 5C on the way to 0.85 tonne fermenting tubs. The crushed must was cold soaked on skins for 3 days before the fermentation was initiated. After fermentation began the tubs were hand plunged daily, fully immersing the skins in the fermenting juice. The fermentation lasted for 11 days after which the wine was left on skins for a 7-day maceration under inert gas cover.The Merlot and Cabernet Franc wines were separately gently pressed away from the skins and immediately gravitated to French oak barriques, 60% new and 40% single use, to undergo malo-lactic fermentation. At the end of malo-lactic fermentation the wines were racked off gross lees and returned to barrique for a further 18 months of maturation.In December 2018 the wines were clear racked from the barriques and blended, 65% merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. The finished wine was bottled in February 2019.The post bottling analysis of Tapanappa 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Franc Merlot isAlcohol 14.5%pH 3.52Total Acid 5.53gplSulphur 92ppmVolatile Acid 0.51gpl

Region - Adelaide Hills

Type - Red

Year - 2017

Winery - Tapanappa

Grape - Cabernet Franc

Volume - Standard - 750ml

About the wine

Tasting notes

A medium dark garnet colour with a purple edge. The aromas are violet floral from the Cabernet Franc and mulberry cassis from the Merlot. The slight mint and fresh earth of the Whalebone terroir is melded with the cedar of the oak and the olive of the tannin. The flavours reflect the aroma, and the fruit is immediately sweet and ripe, graduating to a refined tannin and balanced acid finish.This is an intense complex wine, with finesse as well as strength and is a “true expression of the unique Whalebone Vineyard terroir” from an exceptional vintage.

Wine descriptors

For the Cellar, Big and Rich, Captivating and Complex, Juicy and Fruity, Smooth and Seductive

Fruit aromas & flavour

Dark Berries, Plum

Other aromas & flavour

Chocolate, Earth, Florals, Herbals, Meaty, Oak, Spices

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The Grape

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is a red grape variety used as an important blending component for Bordeaux Blends, but also as an exceptional stand alone expression in the Loire Valley. Cabernet Franc is the father grape to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and with a uniquely savoury dried cayenne/paprika note that distinguishes it from its child grapes. Medium bodied, graced with good levels of acidity and a slightly savoury bias, Cab Franc is a great choice for those who enjoy elegant reds with complexity and pairs perfectly with tomato based dishes and smoked meats.

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