Mention from Hugh Johnson in World of Fine Wine

Review Date: Dec 2011

A great mention from the great Hugh Johnson about out 2009 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir in the latest edition of World of Fine Wine. Hugh in his regular coups de coeur section writes:

So have any new wines given me a jump?

Yes. Brian croser’s Pinot noir from near adelaide, for one. I served it blind – Tapanappa 2009 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir from the Fleurieu Peninsula – to a handfulof professional wine buyers at a lunch. They went into a huddle and pronounced it an excellent gevrey-chambertin, probably a premier cru.

Does this mean it lacks a sense of place? Far from it: only that they don’t know the place- a new one for Pinot noir, or indeed any vines. It perfectly expresses (and I’m happy to trust brian Croser about this: noone cares more than he does about terroir and authenticity) the ironstone slope on the cool, often foggy coast opposite kangaroo island, facing west across the great Australian bight a hundred years from now, it may be as established and recognizable as Colares, though I hope it will be considerably more successful.

Its certainly nice to think about the future of this exciting spot for pinot noir.

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