Grape Variety: 100% Cabernet Shiraz
Region: South Australia
Vinification: The grapes were separately de-stemmed, partially crushed and chilled to 2°C into tubs each containing 0.9 tonnes. After a 4-day cold maceration the tubs began fermentation and were hand plunged each day for the 10-day duration of fermentation. The maximum temperature reached at the peak of fermentation was 34°C 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, 90% 0f which were new and the balance 1 use. Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrique in the spring and barriques were racked off full lees and the wines were sulphured.
Ageing/Maturation: Matured in barriques for 15 months. In January 2015 the wines were clear racked from barrique and 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Shiraz were blended ready for bottling on 17th of February 2015.
Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2014
The colour is deep and purple edged, the aroma is an amalgam of black currant Cabernet, spicy anise Shiraz and the earthy, smokey terroir character of the Whalebone Vineyard. The core of the wine is sweet but the finish is of gentle savoury tannin.
In late 2001 Petaluma, the company Ann and Brian founded in 1976 was taken over by Lion Nathan. That event ended the 30-year Croser family ownership involvement in fine wine production but only temporarily. Even as the ink was drying on the Petaluma purchase, friends and partners for 17 years in Petaluma, Champagne Bollinger made a pact with the Croser family to begin again.
Then along came the Cazes family from Chateau Lynch Bages in Pauillac, Bordeaux. On a trip to Australia in 2002, Jean-Michel and his son Jean-Charles met with Brian and quickly agreed to join the partnership.
Brian's long held ambition to own and make wine from the more than 30-year old Koppamurra Vineyard just north of Coonawarra became the ambition of the partnership. Tapanappa was born and purchased Koppamurra Vineyard in late 2002. The vineyard has since been renamed the Whalebone Vineyard for reasons that are explained elsewhere on this site.