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Author: 
Clinton Cawood
Source: 
The Drinks Business
Review Date: 
September 2008

Xavier Bizot has become general manager of Tapanappa Wines, the joint venture between the Croser family of Australia, the Bollinger family of Champagne and the Cazes family of Chateau Lynch-Bages. Bizot, a member of the Bollinger family, is also married to Brian Croser's daughter Lucy.

5 Stars - Tapanappa Tiers Chardonnay 2007

Author: 
Fergus McGhie
Source: 
Canberra Times
Review Date: 
17th of September 2008

Made by Brian Croser, the Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay comes from his family's vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. Every chardonnay technique has been applied in the making, yet the power of the fruit remains. It is focused and pure, with an incredible finish. Wow.

90 Points - Tapanappa 2004 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot

Source: 
Wine Enthusiast
Review Date: 
September 2008

This French-Australian collaboration has turned out a soft, easy-to-drink Merlot with notable complexity. Cassis and black cherry fruit is backed with shadings of cedar and vanilla and eased along by a creamy texture and supple tannins. Without any track record, it's probably prudent to drink this over the next few years.

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot 2004

Author: 
Henry Livingstone
Source: 
MX (Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane)
Review Date: 
4th of Septemeber 2008

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard was a real winner. With intense colours, the 2004 merlot shows aromas of ripe plum with the smoky eucalypt and anise edge. The

flavour offers rich, ripe fruit without being sweet, with firm tannins for a savoury finish.

Drink now as a monster red or cellar up to 20 years.

Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 - 95 Points & Outstanding

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Wine Companion 2009
Review Date: 
August 2009

Bright, lemon-green; lovely line and focused fruit with complex cashews and fine citrus fruits on the long, generous finish; great texture and very supple.

Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2005 - 94 Points

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Wine Companion 2009
Review Date: 
August 2008

Finely constructed, with bright fruits supported by classy oak; full bodied with ample levels of black fruits and superfine tannins, yielding a supple and surprisingly approachable young wine. May surprise with its longevity.

Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2007 - 96 Points

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Wine Companion Newsletter
Review Date: 
August 2008

Bright pale green-strawl as expected, an immaculately proportioned and balanced wine with great drive and impeccable line; all the vineyard and winemaker inputs are seamlessly welded, making flavour descriptors unnecessary.

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2005

Author: 
Greg Duncan Powell
Source: 
Sydney Morning Herald
Review Date: 
16th of August 2008

With Croser, Lynches-Bages and Bollinger interests behind this wine, it is no suprise that it has some serious intent. Whiffs of currants, mulberries and oak are appealing but the structure is really impressive.

It's not as easy as ABC

Author: 
Jancis Robinson
Source: 
Financial Times
Review Date: 
31st of May 2008

...Brian Croser's Tappanappa, Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2007 Adelaide Hills was a tense, introvert and lime-scented wine...

Inquiring subsequently about how exactly the Tappanappa wine had been made, I found that the yeast had been a single strain isolated from a ?wild? fermentation seven years ago. Like the Sexton wines, it had been fermented and left unsulphured on the lees until the Australian spring, although this wine did go through malolactic fermentation.

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