I'd serve a discreet, flavour driven pinot with the roast turkey - and this handsome wine from Foggy Hill vineyard on Brian Croser's southern Fleurieu property is startling for the depth of flavour from only five-year-old vines. The Tapanappa winery partnership between the Crosers and the Bollinger and Cazes families of France continues to focus on premium quality and precision in its flavour profiles. This has an intensity and complexity that is unexpected from such young vines, and from their first vintage committed to bottling: lush cherry, savoury tannins and earth minerality, with great palate length amplified by a generous seam of natural acid that keeps the fruit flavours bright and vibrant. It's only available in small volume (850 cases) but worth hunting down.
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How many great Australian merlots are there? Not many, but this wine points the way. From one of the first dedicated merlot vineyards in Australia, planted in 1974 at Wrattonbully on South Australia's Limestone Coast, it opens with a subtle, complex nose of plum syrup, loganberries, sweet herbs and spice. About 70 percent of this wine is aged in new barrels, and oak influence is definite but well balanced, showing as a savoury, smoky seasoning. The medium-bodied palate is silky in feel, fresh, ripe and tangy in flavour, with dry, cedary, slightly astringent tannins giving some bordeaux-like structure.
The partnership of the families of Brian Croser (formerly of Petaluma), Arnould d'Hautefeuille (Bollinger) and Jean-Michel Cazes (Lynch-Bages) explores the notion of terroir by following Croser's belief in the importance of 'distinguished sites'. Sublime, complex and mouthwatering Chardonnay from the Croser family's Tiers Vineyard[2 stars] in the Adelaide Hills; one of the country's most elegant Cabernet-Shiraz blends from the mature Whalebone Vineyard[2 stars] at Wrattonbull; and Pinot Noir from the Foggy Hill Vineyard[1 star] on the maritime Southern Fleurieu Peninsula.
Is this Australia's Merlot of the Year?... Our vote this year went unanimously to this desparately distinguished Merlot. The detail and build quality of this wine require serious inspection. Tight, but expressive, this is a wine that should not be hurried.
There are only a handful of wines in Australia where just one word will do to convey the seriousness and romance of the contents of the bottle?When Brian Croser planted the Tiers vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills he was not to know that the word ?Tiers? would, in the future, carry so much weight?.Tapanappa Tiers 2007 is the finest wine from this vineyard to date?
The quality of black currant, cherry and plum fruit showcased in this wine makes it one of the best releases under this label to date. Vanillin oak supports its rich fruit and fine supple tannins.
This wine is improving incrementally even dure the two months since its release. Vanilla pod, almond meal, star anise and fresh orange rind converge in incredible concentration and persistence. It's very Burgundian in shape, with ultra-fine, minerally acidity and sensational line and length. All it asks for is time for fruit and oak to meld. A great Tapanappa Tiers.
Former Petaluma chief winemaker Brian Croser has linked with the family that owns Bollinger Champagnes, and the Cazes family of Bordeaux, to produce site-specific Tapanappa wines of the highest quality. They come from the Whalebone vineyard in Wrattonbully, Croser's family vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, and a new vineyard on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The new-release 2007 Tiers Chardonnay ($75), and 2007 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir ($50), are both world-class wines, www.tapanappawines.com.au.
Staying true to form, the Franco-Aussie partnership started by Australian pioneer, Brian Croser, has produced a wine with great potential. It had the panel salivation; veal, grilled beef with truffles and bresaola were a few of the suggestions.
'With an intense nose of dried strawberries, this has a good refreshing flavour, but needs time.' RJ
'An interesting, evolving nose. this is beautifully balanced and well-rounded. Excellent length.' KC
'I was expecting top quality, well-made, individual wines. Australia has an interventionalist style which let the side down, although Tapanappa Foggy Hill was a breath of fresh air and very individual in approach' Kyri Christodoulou, The East Room.