Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2019


Question: do you plan to drink this Wrattonbully red soon? If yes, then some advice. It needs air – a lot of swishing of air in the glass or, better still, a decant – and then watch it open. While five years-old, this charming Merlot Cabernet Franc remains very young at heart and tight in structure. It has plans of its own and they involve a lengthy stay in bottle. Still, with some air, the tension lessens and there’s much to delight in. Aromas in plum, blueberry, black cherry, anise, sage, bay leaf, new leather. There’s a savouriness to the palate, a kind of jalapeño like-pepperiness and earthiness with black fruits, complimented by florals and spice. Quite an exotic touch. Tannins are firm and they’re there for a reason. So much here to take in, consider, enjoy, debate. Don’t you just love a wine that gets you thinking? So good on a number of levels. POSTSCRIPT: This was even better on day two!