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The Cabernet Sauvignon was hand harvested from the Whalebone Vineyard and delivered at night to the Tapanappa Winery in the Piccadilly Valley.The Shiraz was hand harvested from the Shining Rock Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills.The Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz were made separately in the following way.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 Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz 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, 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Shiraz. The finished wine was bottled in February 2019.The post bottling analysis of Tapanappa 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz isAlcohol 13.5%pH 3.6Total Acid 5.51gplSulphur 81ppmVolatile Acid 0.48gpl
Region - Adelaide Hills
Type - Red
Year - 2017
Winery - Tapanappa
Grape - Cabernet Shiraz
Volume - Standard - 750ml
Dark garnet colour with a purple edge. The aromas are rich cassis and slight nettle from the Cabernet Sauvignon and complex fine leather and anise from the Shiraz. The slight mint and fresh earth of the Whalebone terroir is melded with the cedar of the oak and tannin. The whole is at once complex, powerful and ripe. 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.
For the Cellar, Big and Rich, Captivating and Complex, Juicy and Fruity, Totally Smashable, Smooth and Seductive, Vibrant and Exciting
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