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Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard 2004 Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
Andrew Wood
Source: 
www.divineonline.com.au
Review Date: 
1st of December 2006

The other wine released under the Tapanappa label (see previous review of the 2005 Chardonnay) is a blend of 70% cabernet, 20% shiraz and 10% cabernet franc. The fruit is sourced from a vineyard planted in 1974 in Wrattonbully (north of Coonawarra). After years of championing Coonawarra cabernet, it's hardly surprising that Croser has gone back to the uniquely Australian blend of cabernet/shiraz, after all, the early vintages of Petaluma were cab/shiraz blends, some of which are still drinking wonderfully today (the 1979 in particular).

Love the purity of the nose, crystal clear aromas of black cherry, plum, violets and damp earth burst from the glass. The supporting oak oozes sex appeal and is amazingly discreet considering the wine was aged for eighteen months in 100% new tight-grained French. Silky-smooth in the mouth, the wines rolls down the palate effortlessly. Sweet squishy dark berries and roasted oak have integrated beautifully with the fine, powdery tannins and bright vein of acidity. Aromatic mid-palate, yet finishes savoury and grippy. Brilliantly structured, the firm cabernet tannins that run down the sides of the palate have been toned down by the addition of the shiraz to the point you hardly notice them. Good drinking now, but will be sensational with some age on it (anywhere between five to ten years).

Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2005

Author: 
Andrew Wood
Source: 
www.divineonline.com.au
Review Date: 
1st of December 2006

Tapanappa is a joint venture between Brian Croser, Bollinger and the Cazes family (who own Lynch Bages in Bordeaux). The fruit is sourced from the Tiers vineyard in the Adelaide Hills (Croser retained ownership of the vineyard after Lion Nathan took control of Petaluma).

Exquisitely elegant and harmonious on the nose?the balance between grapefruit/nougat/white peach fruit, mealy/leesy winemaking and creamy oak is justification enough to rip the cork out of the bottle. Beautifully restrained in the mouth with determined minerally acidity and sexy, nutty oak subduing the underlying rich, sweet fruit. A very powerful wine yet so graceful and sensual as it travels down the palate to the long persistent finish which ends on a bitey citrus note. A very complex, extremely well-made wine that is, without a doubt, worth every cent. Outstanding.

a new enterprise

Author: 
Chris Shanahan
Source: 
The Canberra Times
Review Date: 
26th of November 2006

In 2001 brewer Lion Nathan acquired Petaluma, the upmarket wine company founded by Brian Croser in 1976. In January 2003, Croser -- in partnership with, Jean-Michel Cazes of Château Lynch-Bages, Bordeaux, and Société Jacques Bollinger, the parent company of Champagne Bollinger -- purchased the Koppamurra vineyard at Wrattonbully, near Coonawarra.

The partnership -- Tapanappa Wines Pty Ltd -- changed the property name from Koppamurra to Whalebone Vineyard and made it the centrepiece of a new enterprise focusing on wines from distinguished sites.

And just in case you?re wondering how a little known vineyard in little known Wrattonbully became distinguished, it's worth understanding Wrattonbully first. We?ll move on to Whalebone Vineyard and Tapanappa Wines next week.

Chardonnay trail again

Author: 
Jamie Goode
Source: 
www.wineanorak.com
Review Date: 
26/11/2006

Another data point for the Chardonnay trail, an unofficial series of notes on examples of this variety that have been accumulating on my blog in recent weeks.

This time it's off to Australia - the Piccadilly Valley of South Australia, to be precise. This one's from a famous vineyard, but it's a new wine. It's the first release of the Tapanappa Chardonnay (2005), which comes from Brian Croser's Tiers vineyard (pictured), which until this year was used to make Petaluma Chardonnay (and in more recent years the single-vineyard Tiers bottling).

Birthday Wine

Author: 
Jamie Goode
Source: 
www.wineanorak.com
Review Date: 
23/11/2006

Tonight we celebrated my birthday, and also the fact that eldest son's school cricket team won the Middlesex county title at Lords.....

Tappanappa Whalebone Vineyard 2004 Wrattonbully, Australia is the second release of Brian Croser's new red wine, from a vineyard he first made wine from in the 1980s. It's superbly balanced, with rich, sweet fruit nicely countered by good structure. A wine that I feel will age well, and which has a real sense of class to it. I gave it 94/100.

Top Drop

Author: 
Tony Harper
Source: 
Brisbane News
Review Date: 
November 22-28 2006

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Big Reds

Author: 
David Sly
Source: 
SA Life
Review Date: 
July 2006

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