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"South Australia’s top-scoring white wines: 20 to try" - 2018 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
Olivia Mason
Source: 
Decanter
Review Date: 
March 2021

With Spring approaching this 20 March, white wines may begin to take an edge this time of year. Whether looking for crisp and refreshing styles or complex and full bodied, South Australia's top-scoring white wines from the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards seem to encompass it all...

2018 Tapanappa, Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay, Piccadilly Valley (Adelaide Hills)
Rich and smoky on the nose, with hints of gentle spiced citrus fruit, and the palate is graced with white peach, nectarine and a hint of spice.
Gold, 95 points

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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
Review Date: 
March 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 that deserves time and really needs some ageing. Big extraction, bulky and lacking elegance. It's very ripe and savoury: a long way removed from simple fruit.
92 points

"Righteous stuff. All class" - 2016 Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: 
Mike Bennie
Source: 
Wine Business Magazine
Review Date: 
December 2017

All class. Layers to bouquet and palate, inward concentration, exceptional length and fine tuned oak/lees work implicit. It offers nectarine to marzipan and cinnamon spice. The palate shows richness but freshness of acidity with a core of flint-like minerality. Righteous stuff.
94 points

A pure expression of the unique Whalebone Vineyard terroir - 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
March 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 and a palate-cleansing trace of bitterness. It perhaps lacks a little in freshness but has undoubted depth of flavour, concentration and is already quite complex.
93 points

"A pretty impressive Pinot Noir" - 2019 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson
Source: 
Wine Front
Review Date: 
February 2021

It’s a firm, fragrant, spice-riddled pinot noir with blueberry and macerated cherry notes shot through with aromatic herb notes. In fact it’s quite earthen, almost beetroot-like, with a sweetness to the finish in the context of its dry/earthen style. This is a pretty impressive wine it has to be said. Different in its Australian context. Earth, root and blue fruit. Interesting.
92 points

"An excellent example of Australia's own unique blend" - 2016 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
Angus Hughson
Source: 
Winepilot
Review Date: 
September 2020

The classic Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz blend is all about combining the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon with the ripeness and upfront appeal of shiraz. This example does it well, aided by the warm 2016 vintage.

It is a bright deep ruby colour but still closed, and youthful. The fruit is brooding – layers of tar, olive tapenade, cedar and spice combined with tight grained oak. On the palate it is dry, juicy, angular and structural with concentrated fruit currently enveloped in a blanket of tannins. All the pieces are in place, it just needs time to flesh out.
96 points

"A huge wine with considerable impact" - 2016 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
Andrew Graham
Source: 
Australian Wine Review
Review Date: 
September 2020

This Tapanappa Whalebone Cab Shiraz 2016 sure packs in flavour, but it would be more compelling if it was less ripe.
85% Wrattonbully Cabernet and 15% Adelaide Hills Shiraz (from the Shining Rock Vineyard which Brian Croser founded in the Petaluma days). It’s deep, thick and coffeed, the palate drenched with dark chocolate flavour and a thick, cooked berry middle.
A huge wine, of considerable impact, with thickset fruit and chocolate oak at every turn. There’s a sense of savouriness and unquestioned length and breadth, though it’s treacly on the tail and alcoholic, the finish burning off some regionality in the process.
I can see the vision of this red, can feel the inensity and taste the quality of the fruit and oak. But the volume knob is just a bit high…
90 points

"Another solid Adelaide Hills Chardonnay" - 2018 Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: 
Andrew Graham
Source: 
Australian Wine Review
Review Date: 
September 2020

While not quite of the same calibre as the exceptional Tiers, this Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2018 is another solid Adelaide Hills Chardonnay.
Tight and citrussy lemon butter style, the palate very much driven by tangy grapefruit and less about oak richness. For mine it’s a bit disjointed, the fruit lean and citrussy and the palate feels like it’s reaching for richness to balance out the tart grapefruit. Still, it’s very long, which all points to quality fruit at the core. You just need to drink it next year.
91 points

"A good expression of Adelaide Hills Shiraz" - 2016 Tapanappa Adelaide Hills Shiraz

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
The Weekend Australian Magazine
Review Date: 
July 2019

2016 Tapanappa Single Vineyard Adelaide Hills Shiraz is the first “distinguished site” shiraz from Tapanappa, from the Shining Rock Vineyard planted in ’96. A very good expression of Adelaide Hills shiraz, replete with black pepper, warm spice and licorice threaded through its blackberry and satsuma plum flavours, oak and tannins in dutiful support.
96 points

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