Tapanappa News, Articles & Reviews

“delicious, drinkable and delightfully svelte” - 2014 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

Author: 
Tony Love
Source: 
The Advertiser
Review Date: 
1/06/2016

Brian Croser’s Foggy Hill vineyard is on one of the coldest and wettest sites in the state, chosen to nurture a pinot that clearly revels in the climate there. This is exciting, high-toned wine with vibrant varietal aromatics of crushed black cherry fruit, and wooded and bush herbals adding a forest-like background to a sweetly spotted mouthful of pure fruit joys. It’s delicious, drinkable and delightfully svelte.

5 stars

2016 Vintage Report - An extraordinary Vintage

The final barriques of 2016 vintage wines have been filled awaiting the finish of malo-lactic fermentation. In our vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley, at Parawa, on the Fleurieu Peninsula and at Wrattonbully it has been an abundant vintage of full flavoured ripe fruit wines, the reds displaying bright, intense colours.

2016 vintage was dry, very warm, moderate (no heatwaves), early and compressed between regions and varieties.

“Be sure to seek some out” - 2015 Riesling

Author: 
Stuart Robinson
Source: 
thevinsomniac.com
Review Date: 
28/3/2016

A number of firsts here for Brian Croser and Tapanappa: his first revisit of making a wine with Eden Valley fruit in forty years; the first wine made with Con Moshos (former Petaluma Chief Winemaker, now returned to the Tapanappa winery); and the first wine under the Tapanappa label made with fruit off of a vineyard not their own.

Jasmine, florals, lime, bath salts; delicate on entry, leading to mineral and sharp citrus; great acidity. A mere 300 dozen made of this wine, available ex-cellar door and website only.

Be sure to seek some out - it possesses a beautiful flow, on to a textural spread across the back palate. Exquisite finish. 93

Original review: http://www.thevinsomniac.com/2016/04/tapanappa-riesling-2015.html

“A superb wine” - 2014 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
HuonHooke.com
Review Date: 
3/11/2015

Deep red colour with a tinge of purple and a floral, lifted boquet showing some earthy, minty and forest-floor nuances. Dried flowers. Chewy tannins, a trace of Vegemite from oak and development and (possibly) lees contact. The wine is full-bodied and dense, generous in fleshy extract, with an amplitude of ripe, supple tannins. The back-palate is lovely and rich. A superb wine.

95 points.

“savoury and structured” - 2014 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

Author: 
Tyson Stelzer
Source: 
WBM Magazine
Review Date: 
April 2016

A savoury and structured vintage for Foggy Hill true to a slightly warmer vintage, a wine of beetroot character, sour morello cherries and sweet and sour notes, with robust tannins and good persistence. A more rustic season for Foggy Hill.

92

“Wonderfully pure and impeccably balanced” - 2014 Tiers Chardonnay

Author: 
Tyson Stelzer
Source: 
WBM Magazine
Review Date: 
April 2016

Wonderfully pure and impeccably balanced. Effortlessly contrasts the richness of fig and white peach fruit, underscored by classy cashew nut French oak, and ties it all off seamlessly with lemon and lime zest and the crunchy malic acidity of this high site, accenting the mineral texture of 1,600 million year old geology.

96 points

“destined for the long haul” - 2012 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
Gourmet Traveller WINE
Review Date: 
May 2016

This is a strongly built wine destined for the long haul. The bouquet has rasp- berry, herb and mint, while the palate is deep, firm and has an ironstone-like character. Its abundant tannin will help it live and develop long-term.

92

“a pinot of stunning quality” - 2014 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

Author: 
Chris Shannahan
Source: 
Canberra Times
Review Date: 
24/02/2016

After losing control of Petaluma Wines to Lion Nathan (now Lion Co) early this century, founder Brian Croser established Tapanappa Wines, based on existing vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley (Adelaide Hills) and Wrattonbully, near Coonawarra. In 2003, Croser planted a pinot vineyard at Parawa, “the highest point of the Fleurieu Peninsula halfway between Victoria Harbour and Cape Jervis”, he writes. Eleven years and several vintages later, the vineyard at last produced a pinot of stunning quality, revealing the unique power, elegance, firm-but-fine structure, and earthy richness of this great variety.

“riposte to the cliché Oz Chardy of old” - 2014 Tiers Chardonnay

Author: 
Jancis Robinson
Source: 
jancisrobinson.com
Review Date: 
Feb 2016

Leesy, introvert nose, and pretty austere palate. Good concentration of fruit buried in here but it's certainly not coming out to play yet. Quite chewy on the end still, and bone dry. It's almost like the contrapuntal riposte to the cliché Oz Chardy of old.

16.5+

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