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Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2008 - 95 Points

Author: 
Gary Walsh
Source: 
The WineFront
Review Date: 
22nd July 2009

Tiers before bedtime? Not quite but it was an emotional experience nonetheless.

There's some smoothness of the cremé caramel and almond paste persuasion but here's a wine that's characterised by its intense crunchy acid and strong minerality. There's a white flower character too and the fruit flavour is, well, I?d tilt at sort of a light peach/apple/citrus combination but nothing really stands out - it tastes like Chardonnay more than anything specific - which is a very good thing in my book. Subtle and harmonious, bone dry and long. It's a big ticket item but you?re getting a pretty classy show for your money?and no food fights here either. Obviously I like this a lot.

Rated: 95 Points

Drink : 2010 - 2016

Best New World White - Tapanappa, Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2007

Author: 
Steven Spurrier
Source: 
Decanter
Review Date: 
June 2009

Brian Croser, partnered by the Cazes family of Lynch-Bages , and Champagne Bollinger, is behind this pure, precise wine, the star of my Chardonnay tasting at May's Decanter New World Fine Wine Encounter.

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet/Shiraz

Author: 
Neil Beckett (Editor)
Source: 
1001 Wines You Must Taste Before You Die
Review Date: 
Sept 2008

Brian Croser rose to prominence in the mid-1970s when he left his position as chief winemaker with Hardys to begin the celebrated wine science course at Riverina College in New South Wales. At the same time he also founded an influential wine consultancy and his own winery, Petaluma. He lost control of Petaluma in 2001, and was left looking for a venture of his own. That venture is Tapanappa, a new super-premium label launched by Croser in collaboration with Bollinger and Jean-Michel Cazes.

The first wine released was the Whalebone Vineyard red, which comes from a vineyard just outside the Coonawarra appellation, in Wrattonbully. Croser first made a wine from this vineyard in 1980, and was so impressed by it that he has been trying to buy the vineyard ever since.

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot, 2006

Author: 
Matthew Jukes
Source: 
Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2009
Review Date: 
May 2009

The two new red releases from the Whalebone Vineyard are of definite 100 Best standard. We have chosen to lead with the Merlot ahead of the Cabernet / Shiraz blend, it being the much more challenging wine to make. Stunningly proportioned and with not one ounce of unwanted power or alcohol, this wine is fast becoming a model to which all other Merlots in Australia need aspire.

Tapanappa 2006 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot - 94 Points

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh
Source: 
Big Red Wine Book 2009/2010
Review Date: 
May 2009

Nothing soft and slurpable here ? this is a serious merlot?.it's overall quality is superb. It's ripped with tannin, deep, plum-shot flavour, cedary oak and more general earthen, smoky notes. Forget the descriptors: it's grippy and bold and quite beautiful.

Tapanappa 2006 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz - 91 Points

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh
Source: 
Big Red Wine Book 2009/2010
Review Date: 
May 2009

Gravel, blackcurrant, dried herbs and toasty, tarry flavours characterise it, and it has good length. The oak has settled beautifully into the wine, and it sure is balanced?

Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 4 Stars - Current Vintage: 2007 - 95 points

Author: 
Jeremy Oliver
Source: 
The Australian Wine Annual 2009
Review Date: 
October 2008

Very youthful and gangly, but an excellent chardonnay in the waiting. It's spicy and floral, with a waxy presence of melon and grapefruit, apple and pear, with undertones of stonefruit, fig and creamy vanilla oak. Long and chalky, it's austere and slatey, with concentrated fruit and pronounced oak wound up tightly by a briney, mineral and lemon sherbet like finish.

Tapanappa 2005 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz - 94 Points

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh
Source: 
Big Red Wine Book 2009/2010
Review Date: 
May 2009

A single vineyard wine of great aspiration?its structure and polish are A-class. Fine, elegant, curranty fruit flavours, velvety tannins, hay-like, sawdusty French oak and a sweet jubey finish. They don?t come much classier.

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot, 2005 - 93 Points & 4 1/2 Stars

Author: 
Nick Stock
Source: 
Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2009
Review Date: 
May 2009

A slick, modern and decidedly cedary oak enhanced style, heading into classic Bordeaux inspired territory, some plums and mulberry too. Lovely sweet tannins carrying fruit in three dimensions, more of the same ripe fruits here; length and class.

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz Cabernet Franc, 2005 - 94 Points & 4 1/2 Stars

Author: 
Nick Stock
Source: 
Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2009
Review Date: 
May 2009

? a polished technique and innate fruit potential. Oak is applied with Bordeaux like charm, across cassis and dark cherry fruits, mint and chocolate. Handsomely integrated, its well crafted tannins fan out evenly across the palate, delivering plenty of berry flavour; elegant and defined.

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