Recognition

Category: 2017

Compact and understated – 91 points | Angus Hushson | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2017

Author: Angus Hughson
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Nov 2023

This controlled and well pitched Adelaide Hills Shiraz delivers ample blackberry, mulberry and liquorice aromas with a strong undercurrent of clove and allspice complexity. Compact and understated, it’s quite seamless now, the spicy aged complexity rising up in a plush …

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Gorgeously composed and expressed | 95 points | Wine Orbit – Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2017

Author: Sam Kim
Source: Wine Orbit
Date: Aug 2023

Gorgeously composed and expressed, showing dark berry, dried herb, charcuterie, rich floral and
nutmeg aromas on the nose, followed by a concentrated palate delivering fine texture and flowing
mouthfeel. Tannins are beautifully melded, making the wine splendidly harmonious and structured…

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Silver Medals | Great Australian Red 2022 – 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Great Australian Red 2022
Source: TheBuyer.net
Date: Sep 2022

Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2017 – 94 points Silver

Author:
Source:
Date: Aug 2021

Signature Wrattonbully, from menthol-tinted aromatics and cassis-defined palate to fine-grained, powdery, chalk-dusted tannins. A cool season heightens tang, freshness, endurance and beauty. Everything works together confidently for a future as long as the cork holds out. …

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95 points Gold | Halliday Wine Companion 2022 – 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Tyson Stelzer
Source: Halliday Wine Companion 2022
Date: Aug 2021

A cooler season works its magic, lifting the violet perfume of cabernet, the black pepper of shiraz, the bright tang of acidity and the fine-ground energy of enduring, chalk-bound tannins. Regional menthol assumes its rightful place. Medium-bodied effortlessness is refreshing. …

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94/100 | Andrew Graham – 2017 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: Andrew Graham
Source: Oz Wine Review
Date: Jun 2021

Brian Croser’s vision of a great Right Bank Bordeaux, realised. Or at least that’s the drift with this Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2017. Sometimes this Wrattonbully red can seem too ripe and too ambitious, but it feels rather …

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“A lavish wine” – 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: Mike Bennie
Source: The Wine Front
Date: May 2021

Lots going on here. Huge perfume of ripe plum, sage, violets, pot pourri, cedar. The palate is plush, jubey, lush, soft, lots of ripe fruit, a lick of minty green herbs, some rose hip tea and a late wash of …

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“Wrattonbully the hero here” 92+ points | Mike Bennie – 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Mike Bennie
Source: The Wine Front
Date: May 2021

Seaspray, seaweed scents, a dusting of clove, cassis, some eucalyptus too. Evocative perfume. Dark fruit flavours, more of the salty, seaweed thing to taste, some saltbush greenery too, chewy, clove-y oak laid on with late coming tannins building to a …

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Long, long persistence | 95 Points | Huon Hooke| 2017 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: May 2021

Light straw colour. Cashew nut, straw, biscuit and creamy lees aromas, restrained and fresh and delicate, but extremely intense and concentrated on the middle palate. The acidity is searing, a trifle domineering perhaps, but will easily be absorbed by any food. Long, …

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“It’s a big youthful wine that will certainly reward with time and age” – 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Apr 2021

Deep red colour with a trace of purple and the bouquet has a gun-smoky, black olive, roasted-fruit bouquet, the palate full-bodied and chewy with assertive, slightly bitter tannins that leave a hefty chew on the aftertaste. A quite heavy, thick-textured …

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92 points | Huon Hooke – 2017 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Apr 2021

Deep red colour with a trace of purple and the bouquet has a gun-smoky, black olive, roasted-fruit bouquet, the palate full-bodied and chewy with assertive, slightly bitter tannins that leave a hefty chew on the aftertaste. A quite heavy, thick-textured red …

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“A pure expression of the unique Whalebone Vineyard terroir” 93 points | Huon Hooke – 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Mar 2021

Medium to deep red colour with a trace of purple and a mossy, undergrowth bouquet with traces of humus and cabernet raspberry-mint, more savoury than fruity. The wine is very dry and savoury in the mouth, finishing with firm tannins …

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The best Foggy Hill Pinot Noir made to date – 2017 Foggy Hill Vineyard “Definitus” Pinot Noir

Author: James Halliday
Source: The Weekend Australian Magazine
Date: Mar 2021

2017 gave Foggy Hill the growing season and vintage it craved for. In terms of varietal character, texture, structure, balance and length, the wine can’t be faulted. It is by some distance the best Foggy Hill Pinot Noir made to …

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“Australia’s very own unique red blend” 91 points | Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 2017 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Joe Czerwinski
Source: Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Date: Mar 2021

Marked by mint and cassis on the nose, the 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz becomes more Shiraz-like on the palate, where it adds cherry-berry fruit and a relaxed, generous feel on the medium to full-bodied palate. Silky tannins sneak in …

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“A classic right bank Bordeaux blend” 93 points | Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 2017 Whalebone Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: Joe Czerwinski
Source: Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Date: Mar 2021

The floral-herbal elements of Cabernet Franc are nicely balanced and rounded out by the ripe cherries of the Merlot in Tapanappa’s 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc. Silky and fine on the palate, this medium to full-bodied red still delivers …

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2017 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir – 94 points, Silver

Author: Ned Goodwin
Source: Wine Companion
Date: Jun 2020

A broad patina of sous-bois, pickled cherry and fecund strawberry, aged judiciously in French oak (30%). Silky, with a gentle rasp of herb-inflected tannins and saline maritime acidity.…

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The best Easter wines – 2017 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: Neil Martin
Source: Sunday Times Magazine
Date: Apr 2020

6. A quite exceptional chardonnay from the Piccadilly Valley, with intensity, vitality, creamy oak and a long finish lifted by a thread of acidity.

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An outstanding wine – 2017 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Dec 2019

A very fragrant, aromatic, cool-year bouquet; a wine of great subtlety and delicacy. Great poise and intensity, as well as finesse. Harmony, refinement and persistence. Lemons aplenty. The palate is seamless. An outstanding wine, promising more in the future. (Very

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An outstanding wines, promising more in the future. | 98 Point | The Real Review | 2017 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Oct 2019

A very fragrant, aromatic, cool-year bouquet; a wine of great subtlety and delicacy. Great poise and intensity, as well as finesse. Harmony, refinement and persistence. Lemons aplenty. The palate is seamless. An outstanding wine, promising more in the future. (Very …

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Impressive wine, inherently complex – 2017 Foggy Hill Vineyard “Definitus” Pinot Noir

Author: Campbell Mattinson
Source: Wine Front
Date: Aug 2019

There are four hectares of pinot noir growing on the Foggy Hill vineyard; this is from a one-hectare strip. It’s planted at a density of 4444 vines/hectare, using clones 115 and 777, all planted on rootstock. It’s light, firm and

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A very attractive premium regional wine – 2017 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: Stuart Robinson
Source: The Vinsomniac
Date: Aug 2019

Brian Croser is undoubtedly the Godfather of Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, first planting the region to the variety some 40-odd years ago.

Broad and powerful wine, instantly you feel seduced by its quite intoxicating allure of stonefruit, citrus and oak. The

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Latterly it asserts itself, dark and pronounced – 2017 Foggy Hill Vineyard “Definitus” Pinot Noir

Author: Stuart Robinson
Source: The Vinsomniac
Date: Aug 2019

Something akin to a block level wine off the Fleurieu’s Foggy Hill Vineyard. The Definitus strip being a sub-Ridge formed where ferruginuous sandstone comes close to the surface. The strip also marks a delineation between two rows of two Bernard

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Very savoury and quite delicious – 2017 Foggy Hill Vineyard “Definitus” Pinot Noir

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Aug 2019

This is smoky and savoury, scented with dried herb and dried flowers like the regular Foggy Hill, but with a little more density, flesh and concentration. Very savoury and quite delicious, the finish long and harmonious.
94 points

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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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