Recognition

Category: 2021

“An utterly gorgeous pinot with an exciting future.” – Ken Gargett | Ocean Magazine – Tapanappa Foggy Hill ‘Definitus’ Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Ken Gargett
Source: Ocean Magazine
Date: May 2024

Brian Croser’s flagship pinot noir comes from just 10 rows of Dijon clones – 777 and 115 – planted in the Foggy Hill Vineyard on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The name might sound a bit like a spell from Harry Potter, …

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Silver – The Global Pinot Noir Masters 2024 | Foggy Hill Vineyard “DEFINITUS” Pinot Noir 2021

Author: The Global Pinot Noir Master 2024
Source: The Drink Business
Date: Mar 2024

“A burst of flavour” – 95 Points | Stuart Robinson | The Vinsomniac – Tapanappa Foggy Hill ‘Definitus’ Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Stuart Robinson
Source: The Vinsomniac
Date: Feb 2024

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the Foggy Hill vineyard, winemaker Brian Croser – accompanied by wife Ann – embarked on a series of tasting and dinners to celebrate this milestone.

Whilst the Definitus wasn’t …

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“Filigreed tannins and a diaphanous weave of freshness and pungency”- 93 Points | Ned Goodwin MW | JamesSuckling.com – Tapanappa Foggy Hill ‘Definitus’ Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Ned Goodwin MW
Source: JamesSuckling.com
Date: Jan 2024

Sassafras, bing cherry, licorice root and orange balm. Filigreed tannins and a diaphanous weave of freshness and pungency, with a moreish core of porcini dashi. Yet the end result is a lighter weighted pinot in an Australian context. Refreshing enough, …

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“A sophisticated style”- 94 Points | Angus Hughson | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Foggy Hill ‘Definitus’ Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Angus Hughson
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Jan 2024

This expressive wine displays impressive purity of fruit with excellent volume of dark cherry, dried herbs and terracotta aromas which are still tightly coiled and building. Quite structural in style with flavours of red earth and ironstone topped by a …

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“Light bodied yet powerful and intense with excellent concentration”- 96 Points | Ray Jordan | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa ‘Definitus’ Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Ray Jordan
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Nov 2023

This patch of Dijon clones sits in shallow soils on an ironstone ridge that generally means lower crops and earlier ripening. A combination of chalky limestone with an ever so slightly ferruginous character seems to come straight from the soils …

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“An utterly gorgeous Pinot with an exciting future.”- 95 Points | Ken Gargett | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa ‘Definitus’ Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Ken Gargett
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Nov 2023

Brian Croser’s flagship Pinot Noir, comes from just ten rows of Dijon clones, 777 and 115, planted in the Foggy Hill Vineyard on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The name might sound a bit like a spell from Harry Potter (who among

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“With layers of fine tannin and a great sense of restrained power.” | Max Allen | Australian Financial Review – Tapanappa Definitus Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Max Allen
Source: Australian Financial Review
Date: Nov 2023

A quite different beast to the ’22 pinot noir: more subtle, refined fragrance, less fruity, more structural, with layers of fine tannin and a great sense of restrained power.…

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“Precise fruit and acidity” | 17 points | Jancis Robinson – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

Author: Jancis Robinson
Source: Jancisrobinson.com
Date: Nov 2023

Mealy nose and fine, precise fruit and acidity – just the right side of austerity! Needs time. But is impressively long.

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‘Sublime conditions’: how La Nina paid off for a top Aussie wine label by Max Allen

Author: Max Allen
Source: Financial Review
Date: Nov 2023

Two decades after embarking on a passion project atop a foggy hill, Brian Croser is pouring wines that show the benefits of cooler vintages. From the upcoming Young Rich issue, out on October 27.

Max Allen Drinks columnist

I first …

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96 GOLD |Campbell Mattinson | Halliday Wine Companion – Tapanappa Definitus Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Campbell Mattinson
Source: Halliday Wine Companion
Date: Nov 2023

This is an outstanding release. The combination of attractive strawberry and spice characters with firm tannins and exceptional length is enough to get any pinot lover’s heart racing. The flavours here really do soar on and on. Assertive tannin feels totally uncompromised, …

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Lovely vinosity, complexity and mineral length.| 95 points | Andrew Caillard MW | The Vintage Journal – Tapanappa Definitus Pinot Noir 2022

Author: Andrew Caillard MW
Source: The Vintage Journal
Date: Oct 2023

Medium deep colour. Perfumed strawberry pastille hint chinotto aromas with savoury notes. Well concentrated strawberry pastille, cola, touch apricot flavours and supple textures. Finishes slinky and long. Lovely vinosity, complexity and mineral length.

95 points

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Foggy Hill with The Vintage Journal

Author: Andrew Caillard MW
Source: The Vintage Journal
Date: Oct 2023

Brian Croser’s Foggy Hill Vineyard in the Fleurieu Peninsula, south of McLaren Vale is one of South Australia’s most isolated vineyards. At its highest point at Parawa, it is possible to look over towards Encounter Bay where Matthew Flinders on …

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A pretty pinot with a cherry and plum duo | 95 points | James Halliday – Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Halliday Wine Companion
Source: James Halliday
Date: May 2023

Dijon clones; aged in French barriques (30% new). A pretty pinot with a cherry and plum duo that provide the heart of both bouquet and palate. It’s a base for the spices and rose petals that will appear over the …

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A top Pinot Noir | 93 points | James Suckling – Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021

Author: JamesSuckling.com
Source: James Suckling
Date: Dec 2022

Sweet plum and strawberry aromas with dried citrus-peel undertones. Medium body with firm tannins and a linear and crisp finish. Lots of lemon-rind undertones. A little lean at the end. Drink now.

93 points

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Minerally, structured and needs some time to develop | 92 points | Andrew Caillard MW – Tapanappa Foggy Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Andrew Caillard MW
Source: The Vintage Journal
Date: Dec 2022

Medium crimson. Red cherry pastille, hint bush garrigue with touches of vanilla. Round and supple with red cherry, red liquorice flavours, fine chalky / lacy textures and attractive mineral length. Minerally, structured and needs some time to develop. Drink now …

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Lovely precision and mineral length | 96 points | Andrew Caillard MW – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay 2021

Author: Andrew Caillard MW
Source: The Vintage Journal
Date: Dec 2022

Pale colour. Intense vanilla, marzipan, lime cordial aromas with tonic water notes. Richly flavoured lime cordial, vanilla, grapefruit flavours, fine lacy/chalky textures and long fresh acidity. Lovely precision and mineral length. Drink now – 2034

96 points 

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Finishes mineral and long | 93 points | Andrew Caillard MW – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

Author: Andrew Caillard MW
Source: The Vintage Journal
Date: Dec 2022

Pale colour. Lovely, developed honey, grapefruit, lime aromas with hints of SO2. Restrained, almost backward wine with grapefruit, lime, apple fruits, fine al dente chewy textures, some underlying nutty oak. Finishes minerally and long. Very tight. Drink 2024 – 2034 …

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There’s a lot going on here | Tony Love – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay 2021

Author: Tony Love
Source: InDaily
Date: Dec 2022

From Brian Croser’s prized Piccadilly Valley vineyard, there’s a lot going on here in terms of white stone fruit, chalky palate feels, and subtle spice notes. All class, and maybe hard to track down – must be something about Hills …

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Tapanappa with The Vintage Journal

Author: Andrew Caillard MW
Source: The Vintage Journal
Date: Dec 2022

What these wines unequivocally showed is that the Croser vision for grand Australian wines has come to reality.
Image by Milton Wordley

The sharp-minded, deliberate and controversial Brian Croser has been a forceful and polarising advocate of Australia’s fine wine …

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Gold Medal | The Global Chardonnay Masters 2022 – Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

Author: Patrick Schmitt
Source: The Drinks Business
Date: Dec 2022

TOP 20 Chardonnay of 2022 – Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

Author: Patrick Schmitt
Source: The Drinks Business
Date: Dec 2022

We are very excited to announce the Tiers Vineyard 2021 Chardonnay was listed in the Drinks Business TOP 20 Chardonnays of 2022 after winning GOLD MEDAL at the 2022 Drinks Business Global Chardonnay Masters in December!

Already a benchmark producer

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Layered with concentrated Chardonnay flavor | 94 points | Robert Parker Wine Advocate – Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2021

Author: Erin Larkin
Source: Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Date: Sep 2022

The Tapanappa 2021 Chardonnay is layered with concentrated Chardonnay flavor: curry leaf, yellow peach, salted preserved lemons and pink grapefruit, even. The phenolics in the mouth are grippy and attractive, and the wine fairly streams over the tongue and spools …

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What a pleasure | 95 points | Robert Parker Wine Advocate – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay 2021

Author: Erin Larkin
Source: Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Date: Sep 2022

This 2021 Chardonnay Tiers Vineyard 1.5m is really delicious. The phenolics that curve in on every angle of the mouth are grippy and chalky and get a firm grasp onto the preserved lemon and salted peach flavors that blossom in …

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