Light to medium yellow colour, the bouquet spicy, ginger-ish and showing a lick of honey. There are refined, tight, spice and nut flavours and the acidity is quite high-toned and crisp. Long carry. Excellent wine. Lively acid, and the palate is more impressive than the bouquet, although the acid is perhaps a trifle strident. It just needs food.
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10am - 1pm, Tapanappa Winery. Load up the car with wine for the festive season!
Taste and buy wines from Terre a Terre /DAOSA, Tapanappa, CRFT, Barratt Wines and Greenhill WInes.
Sausage sizzle, coffee, cherries and flower stall!
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Very appealing red and dark fruit aromas combine with smoky, toasty savoury notes and hints of dried herbs. Complex, subtly powerful with smooth, effortless tannins. Impressive.
LOVELY fresh wine, with intense stone fruit flavours, light butters. Will be a favourite among quality chardonnay lovers.
FOOD: Chicken curry
While some of the 2013 Adelaide Hills whites look just a little forward and flat, this Chardonnay seriously shines.
Much of that comes down to site - the Croser family's Tiers vineyard, planted to Chardonnay in 1979, has that resilience of old vineyards planted in the right place. Indeed I was there during the dry 2013 summer and the Tiers vines looked rudely healthy, even despite what was one of the warmest growing seasons on record (1317 degree days in 2013 vs the average of 1172).
Couple that perfect site with clever winemaking (I'd expect no less from Brian Croser and team) and it's of little wonder that this impresses.
Brian Croser's 2013 chardonnay delivers the rich, ripe, peachy varietal flavours of the warm vintage. Although Croser fermented then matured the wine for 10 months in oak barrels (30 per cent of them new), Tapanappa stands apart from many contemporary barrel-fermented chardonnay styles. Missing are the sulphur compounds that season so many others, and the flavours associated with the secondary malolactic fermentation, which Croser blocks. His approach leaves ripe varietal flavour at the centre, lifted by fresh natural acidity and coated with the sensuous texture derived from the time in barrel.
Medium to deep red colour with purple tints. The bouquet is smoky, toasty and savoury with very appealing red and dark fruit aromas, a kiss of stylish oak and hints of dried herbs. It is already quite a complex wine, and not minty. It's very intense and subtly powerful in the mouth, with great structure and persistence. The tannins are ample and smooth, and run the full length of the palate, drawing out the finish superbly. Impressive wine.
Drink: 2014 - 2034
Medium to deep red colour, with a trace of purple; the aromas are minty and fresh, with raspberry and dried-herb undercurrents. The palate is very soft, the tannins almost fluffy in texture, and the wine is starting to show the positive softening and mellowing effects of a little time under cork. The finish powers on and on and is clean and balanced, with ample soft tannins. Very good indeed.
Drink: 2014 - 2032
Very fresh, tight, pristine fruit aroma of nectarine, meringue and cashew nut, the acidity is ferociously high and dominates the palate. It cries out for food. A very racy, fine wine of terrific length. I love the bouquet.
Drink: 2014 - 2020
All it needs is time...
Once the surprisingly sweet toasty oak integrates here this is going to be superb. It's easily the biggest boned Tapa Pinot yet, but that weight and volume enhances the appeal. The flesh and swagger underneath suggests plenty of greatness to come. 18/20, 93/100++
From a warmer than average year and the Tiers Vineyard. Barrel ferment occurred in 30% new French oak. No malolactic fermentation. Brian Croser worked his magic.
It’s at once a bold wine and a subtle wine, which sounds incongruous, but there’s full-on scents of sandalwood from oak influence, set amongst ripe stone fruit and really pretty lemon blossom/floral character. The calculated brute with the purity of fruit. Across the palate a wine that shines with the curves of oak fermentation and maturation, but reveals pin point detail in light citrussy acidity, a touch of brine-like minerality and a fleeting lick of smooth, vanilla, wood influence. It’s compact yet powerful, full across the mouth but refreshing. A dazzling wine in some respects. A wine that needs time too. Brilliant, really.
Rated: 94 Points
Drink: 2014 - 2024