In 2003 the Croser family planted the first vines on their Maylands Farm, near Parawa at the apex of the Fleurieu Peninsula, half way between Victor Harbor and Cape Jervis. There are no other vineyards within 10 kilometres of this unique, very cool, foggy site, just 8 kilometres from the Great Southern Ocean.
The Whalebone Vineyard was purchased immediately after the formation of the partnership in 2002. Originally named Koppamurra Vineyard, it is 20 kilometres north of Coonawarra on the edge of the Kanawinka Fault in the southwestern corner of the Wrattonbully region.The vineyard was originally planted in 1974, and since its purchase it has been completely retrellised and renovated. It has been renamed the Whalebone Vineyard because of the discovery of a 35 million year old whale skeleton in a limestone cave beneath the vineyard. The Whalebone Vineyard is a terroir particularly suited to the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz.
4 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon were planted in Whalebone Vineyard in 1974 and these old vines provide the fruit for Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz. The Shiraz for 2010 Cabernet Shiraz was harvested from one hectare of Rob Hooper’s vineyard across the road from Whalebone, which Tapanappa manages.
Dark red and even at 3yo, still purple-edged and bright. A function of 30yo vines and painfully low cropping at 2.5t/ha. Cabernet takes the central role(85%) with its dusty black fruit and fine long tannins, shiraz (15%) seemingly adding flesh and spice to add additional depth and complexity. 20 months in oak has only added a sturdy platform for the future. Drink to: 2037; Price: $55.00; Date Tasted: Dec 2017; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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