NO WASHED-out, cordial-like colour for this robust pinot noir. Still revealing that lighter red drinking style typical of pinots, but offering bigger fruit flavours with nice spice. Loved it.
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This is a super wine based on the Right Bank Bordeaux blend. Silky smooth and so elegantly structured, it features a lovely balance of fruit and fine-grained oak, with superb fine tannins. Nice touch of cedar on the nose. Will continue to evolve with age.
This has “fine wine” written all over it - from complex scents of attractive, mahogany oak, to the seductive richness of dark and blue fruit layered through the wine. The powerful, fuller figured feel is shaped with powdery tannins, bayleaf herbal detail and dragged long on slick acid. It's a wine that shows architecture in the palate, richness, and class.
Top note of lime. Crystalline structure. Lots of acidity and definition. Still very youthful. Rather like a Chablis grand cru in structure. Wait!
Stem, soy, sesame - great fragrance, poise and delicacy plus plentiful cranberry crunch. The antithesis of the South Australia expectation!
Deeply coloured. Dense choc mint, cedar, cassis and earthy fruits plus toasty oak. Dry, full and structural with slightly firm chewy tannins well balanced - a firm, robust and masculine style that needs time to settle but the quality is undeniable.
Bright colour. Delicious blackberry, cedar and black pepper fruit - plus prominent oak. Dry and full bodied blackberry, plum compote, mint chocolate flavours with excellent concentration and length with plenty of tannins. Lovely now but with structure to age.
Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard at Wrattonbully, in South Australia, is less than an hour from the ocean and has more maritime influences than you can imagine.
The bones of a 37 million- year-old whale were found to be supporting the roof of an underground cave chock- full of ancient archaeological charms that have aroused scientists, Lucy Croser says.
She is the daughter of legendary Australian winemaker Brian Croser and wife of Xavier Bizot, the general manager of Tapanappa and the son of former Bollinger chairman, the late Christian Bizot.
Pale lemon hue with good intensity. Quite closed on the nose, primary and fresh with nuances of elderflower and fresh lime, macadamia and biscuit. Grapefruit-pith and green pear on the palate underpinned by a fine acidity that delineates the palate. Characters of tarte au citron and subtle vanillin spice sweetens and fills the middle palate resonating to the end.
Pale yellow with medium color intensity in the glass. Pure aromas of grapefruit, acacia blossom and bees wax. The palate is similarly refined with succulent acidity and characters of lemongrass, cashew and white peach that glide effortlessly in the mouth. The thrill is in this wine's feather-light balance and composure. - Sophie Otton