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Tapanappa News, Articles & Reviews

Taking on the World

Author: 
Beverley Blanning
Source: 
Decanter
Review Date: 
July 2007

....While it looks as if South Africa may be the target of quite a few more Bordeaux winemakers, there are increasingly few places in the world where the French can take the upper hand in joint ventures, as they clearly have until now. Perhaps a sign of things to come is the new Australian partnership, Tapanappa, between Brian Croser and the families of Bollinger and Lynch-Bages.

In marked contrast to the usual French dominance in presenting these wines to the world, in the Tapanappa brochure Croser is the author. He makes no mention of the undoubted expertise of his foreign investors, but instead writes: "I chose my partners ... because of their steadfast commitment to Tapanappa's mission and becuase they are great people with whom to share the excitement."

100 Top New Releases

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
Gourmet Traveller WINE
Review Date: 
June/July 2007

94 points. 5 stars.

From Brian Croser, a very fine subtle wine of honeydew melon and nutty aromas, with oak and malolactic elements all finely bound into a seamless whole.

First Taste

Author: 
Simon Woods
Source: 
Wine & Spirit
Review Date: 
June 2007

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Top 100 Australian Wines

Author: 
Matthew Jukes
Source: 
expertwine.com
Review Date: 
27th of May 2007

A more sumptuous wine than the grippy, edgy, energetic 2003, this 2004 is finely tuned, more relaxed and self-assured and, in truth, far more delicious! Tapanappa is fast-tracking at an impressive rate into the top echelons of the Aus wine scene and the 2005 TT Chardonnay was in danger of gate-crashing this party, too. Place your bets for next year's inclusion, now.

After the Masterclass

Author: 
Andrew Jefford
Source: 
www.andrewjefford.com/blog
Review Date: 
20th of May 2007

I'm enormously enthusiastic about Brian Croser's new Tapanappa venture (which will unite a number of 'sites of distinction?, including those beyond Australia's borders, in due course), and the Whalebone Vineyard from Wrattonbully (formerly Koppamurra) makes a fine foundation stone. Brian is always looking for length rather than breadth and some have criticised him for going too far in that direction. This wine is perfectly pitched, it seems to me, between those two planes: the fruit qualities are outstanding, with a helix of ripenesss turning at the wine's core; acutely judged tannins, too, purring in the background. It is (as its geographical position between Coonawarra and Padthaway suggests) a kind of Coonawarra refocussed, with the wind-harried blade of acidity draped in velvet and a little more old-continent generosity in evidence. 94/100

Chardonnay Partnership

Author: 
Winsor Dobbin
Source: 
Winestate
Review Date: 
May/June 2007

Former Petaluma supremo Brian Croser had to treat his vineyard owner wife Ann to a week in the best hotel in Paris to convince her to release half of the chardonnay grapes from her Tiers Vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley to his new Tapanappa winery venture.

The result is the 2005 Tapanappa Tiers chardonnay ($70) from the same vineyard as Petaluma's far more expensive Tiers chardonnay.

Tapanappa, a joint venture between Croser (who was bought out at Petaluma by Lion Nathan in 2001), the Cazes family, Chateau Lynch Bages and the Bollinger group, aims to produce great wines from great Australian terroir and is also making superb red from its Whalebone vineyard in Coonawarra. The wines are hard to find (two thrids are exported) but the search is well worth the effort. The chardonnay is probably the best made in the Adelaide Hills.

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