Recognition

Category: Foggy Hill Vineyard

Nice depth to the colour – 2017 Definitus Pinot Noir

Author: Nick Butler
Source: The Real Review
Date: Aug 2019

Nice depth to the colour. instantly smoky, peaty, charry nose. Cloves and rosemary wrestle with graphite and a charming tease of mulberry fruit. Tannins are chalky. This needs time
90 Points

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2018 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Author: James Suckling
Source: James Suckling
Date: May 2019

A rather delightful pinot with simply wonderful, bright raspberries and brambleberries, as well as fresh-pastry notes. The palate has a fresh, light and lithe feel with gently peppery nuances and firm, long, fruit-soaked tannins. Drink or hold. 

93 points

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2017 vintage looking very good – 2017 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Author: Stuart Robinson
Source: thevinsomniac.com
Date: Feb 2019

Does nothing to supress my urge to visit this site. Looking very good this 2017 vintage, even if it warmer than average – not always great for the variety at hand – but the seasonal warmth only tells one aspect, for the preceding winter was gloriously wet, given the dormant vines a good drink. And in return how they reward us.

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Arguably the best … I’ve seen – 2017 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Author: Campbell Mattinson
Source: Wine Front
Date: Dec 2018

2017 was a warmer than average year at Foggy Hill but the wine wasn’t harvested until late March, early April. This is arguably the best Foggy Hill Pinot Noir I’ve seen. It’s fragrant, it’s pretty, it’s well formed and then it’s lengthy through the finish. It sets up its case meticulously and then prosecutes it both firmly and convincingly.

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2009 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Author: James Suckling
Source: James Suckling
Date: Jun 2018

A cooler vintage that shows a wealth of brambly forest characters, spiced charcuterie,clean and bright violet-like dried flowers and graphite. The palate is very plush with some deeper nuances and mushroom, too. Refined, fresh, lively and supple brambly cherries as well. A very elegant palate with supple tannins, nicely matched sweet fruit and savoriness. Drinking well. 

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2012 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Author: James Suckling
Source: James Suckling
Date: Jun 2018

A slightly warmer than average vintage. The nose has a bright and fresher floral edge with fresh violets. There is also an edge of brambly forest floor. The palate has a very plush and long, dark cherries. The fine tannins that are more pronounced, blossoming at the finish. A long, plush and supple finish with dark cherries and just hints of plums and fresh leather.

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2016 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Author: James Suckling
Source: James Suckling
Date: Jun 2018

A very complex array of dried flowers such as roses and violets. Subtly savory dark cherries and earthy fruits, as well as some graphite, coal smoke and savory, dark and stony nuances. The palate is very nicely wrapped in spicy layered tannins. There is also a core of bright tangy fruit, darker cherries and a wealth of deep-set riper fruits,

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2017 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Author: James Suckling
Source: James Suckling
Date: Jun 2018

Has the emerging signature of coal smoky savoriness (30% whole bunches) and dried flowers here. Violets and roses with a cooler on average vintage. Mulberries and red cherries with an impressive depth. The palate has the expressive, lively finish, and the tannins are groomed and linear, working in tandem. Nuanced, plush and even-paced. The best to date.

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2017 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard DEFINITUS Pinot Noir

Author: James Suckling
Source: James Suckling
Date: Jun 2018

I like the floral violets and roses with charcoal and a sweet array of silky, plush and very even-paced fruit. Ripe red cherries and boysenberries, and plush, ribbon-like tannins. Things are more groomed, fluid and succinct with composed and elegantly powerful fruit at just 14 years of age. This is a very smooth, supple, dense yet light pinot with red berries.

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2018 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard DEFINITUS Pinot Noir

Author: James Suckling
Source: James Suckling
Date: Jun 2018

Serious pinot noir from industry veteran Brian Croser and his team at Tapanappa. The Definitus is made in tiny quantities from fruit grown on a one-hectare strip of the Foggy Hill vineyard on the Fleurieu Peninsula, south of Adelaide. It is a solid pinot with oak and herbal notes allied to some dark cherry fruit notes.

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Top drops

Author: Ray Jordan
Source: Sunday Times (Perth)
Date: Nov 2017

Out to impress
93/100
It’s a tight and firmish wine with slightly grippy, chalky tannins. Notes of spice and sour cherry.

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“just a baby” – 2016 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: HuonHooke.com
Date: Nov 2017

This has a lovely red-cherry and cherry-liqueur like bouquet laced with spices and some subtle foresty characters – possibly whole-bunch derived. It’s showing considerable complexity already. The wine is full in the mouth and quite firm, with abundant youthful tannins. It’s just a baby and needs more time to soften and mellow out. An excellent pinot.

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“Love this vineyard’s wines” – 2016 Foggy Hill Pinot

Author: Peter Chapman
Source: QLD regional papers
Date: Nov 2017

Love this vineyard’s wines and here is another great reason for you to get on board with them. A deeper coloured pinot reflecting more powerful red fruit flavours than you will discover in many pinots.
Rating 95/100

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“a pleasure to drink” – 2016 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

Author: Lester Jesberg
Source: WineWIse
Date: Nov 2017

The beguilingly perfumed nose, suggestive of dark cherry and dried herbs, is captivating, and shows a whiff of oak. This supple, intense wine is a pleasure to drink, although the fine tannins provide the framework for cellaring. ★★★★☆

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2010 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Author: James Suckling
Source: James Suckling
Date: Jul 2017

A dense and solid pinot with lots of flesh yet toned and muscular with ripe tannins. Lots of ripe fruit, leather and hints of new wood. Flavorful and long. More full-throttle style. Very sexy. Screw cap. 

93 points

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“delicious, drinkable and delightfully svelte” – 2014 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

Author: Tony Love
Source: The Advertiser
Date: Sep 2016

Brian Croser’s Foggy Hill vineyard is on one of the coldest and wettest sites in the state, chosen to nurture a pinot that clearly revels in the climate there. This is exciting, high-toned wine with vibrant varietal aromatics of crushed black cherry fruit, and wooded and bush herbals adding a forest-like background to a sweetly spotted mouthful of pure fruit joys.

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“A superb wine” – 2014 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: HuonHooke.com
Date: Apr 2016

Deep red colour with a tinge of purple and a floral, lifted boquet showing some earthy, minty and forest-floor nuances. Dried flowers. Chewy tannins, a trace of Vegemite from oak and development and (possibly) lees contact. The wine is full-bodied and dense, generous in fleshy extract, with an amplitude of ripe, supple tannins. The back-palate is lovely and rich.

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“savoury and structured” – 2014 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

Author: Tyson Stelzer
Source: WBM Magazine
Date: Apr 2016

A savoury and structured vintage for Foggy Hill true to a slightly warmer vintage, a wine of beetroot character, sour morello cherries and sweet and sour notes, with robust tannins and good persistence. A more rustic season for Foggy Hill.

92

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“a pinot of stunning quality” – 2014 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

Author: Chris Shannahan
Source: Canberra Times
Date: Apr 2016

After losing control of Petaluma Wines to Lion Nathan (now Lion Co) early this century, founder Brian Croser established Tapanappa Wines, based on existing vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley (Adelaide Hills) and Wrattonbully, near Coonawarra. In 2003, Croser planted a pinot vineyard at Parawa, “the highest point of the Fleurieu Peninsula halfway between Victoria Harbour and Cape Jervis”,

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“holds itself with persistence and poise” – 2013 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Author: Tyson Stelzer
Source: WBM Magazine
Date: Feb 2016

“This vineyard is really starting to express its character, and the warmest vintage yet is loaded with personality. It holds itself with persistence and poise, at once fragrant and fruity and simultaneously savoury and structured, with fine, drying tannins reflective of a warm season in a cool site.

94 points”

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“Superb wine” – 2014 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Date: Feb 2016

Low grape yield led to a concentrated, powerful wine with sappy, spicy complexities plus cherry, vanilla and chocolate nuances. Soft, rich and ripe. Superb wine.

95 points

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Top 10 Wines – Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Author: Peter Bourne
Source: Gourmet Traveller WINE
Date: Feb 2016

Post-Petaluma, Brian Croser bought a sheep grazing property planted pinot noir and a distinguished site was born.

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“Loved it” – 2014 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

Author: Peter Chapman
Source: Syndicated Papers
Date: Jan 2016

NO WASHED-out, cordial-like colour for this robust pinot noir. Still revealing that lighter red drinking style typical of pinots, but offering bigger fruit flavours with nice spice. Loved it.

94/100

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“great fragrance, poise and delicacy” – 2013 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

Author: Jancis Robinson
Source: JancisRobinson.com
Date: Oct 2015

Stem, soy, sesame – great fragrance, poise and delicacy plus plentiful cranberry crunch. The antithesis of the South Australia expectation!

17 points

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