Please note: Our cellar door will be closed from Saturday 22nd for the holiday period. We reopen Thursday 10th of January.

Have a safe festive time, we look forward to seeing you in 2019.

Tapanappa News, Articles & Reviews

2015 Vintage Report

2015 was a special vintage for me, the first back in the winery that I built as the Petaluma Winery now the Tapanappa Winery, since I resigned as Petaluma’s winemaker after the 2005 vintage. The first vintage in the fledgling winery was 1979 and it has just completed its 37th vintage in a wonderfully functional way.

As if to celebrate the occasion, the vintage God pulled out a benign variation from the pack of endlessly variable weather cards.

Brisbane Dinner with Brian

Tapanappa in conjunction with The Wine Emporium and Lutèce Bistro are hosting a wine dinner in Brisbane on Tuesday 25th August. A great chance to see each of our single vineyard wines alongside French counterparts.

See attached flyer for more information, for reservations call Lutèce on 07 31611858 or email bookings@lutece.com.au

96 points - 2012 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Wine Companion Magazine
Review Date: 
Aug/Sept 2015

Still has excellent crimson-purple colour; has spent close on 3 years making its way into bottle, an especially long time for a blend such as this, but it clearly needed it; there is a complex interplay between cedar, cigar box, blackcurrant, dried herbs and a persistent tattoo of fine-grained tannins on the very long palate.

96 points

“Wines Worth Seeking Out ”

Author: 
Will Lyons
Source: 
The Wall Street Journal
Review Date: 
25 June 2015

2013 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

A refined and subtle Chardonnay, the elegance of this wine is reminiscent of the great examples found in Burgundy. With stone fruit and melon on the nose, it has a crisp, dry finish that is both a little nutty and pleasantly savory.

2010 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Dark and brooding, there’s a powerful ripe-plum scent to this wine. Cabernet can be a bit hollow on its own and the Shiraz adds a little spice and improves the texture. There’s sweet fruit but the overall impression is one of a saline dryness.

“The rewards are showing” - 2013 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

Author: 
Tony Love
Source: 
The Advertiser
Review Date: 
1/7/2015

Let’s first deal with the regional point of difference: Brian Croser planted his pinot vineyards in this constantly coldest and wettest place starting 12 years back. The rewards are showing with stunningly pure aromas in the crushed cherry spectrum, the palate taking a more restrained and softer, medium bodied approach with delightful woodier wild herb, spice and pepper notes to finish.

★★★★☆

Cellar Door now open

We have proudly thrown open the doors on our newly furbished cellar door at the Tapanappa Winery, set in the beautiful Tiers Vineyard only 20 minutes from the city.

This is the first time in its history the winery has been opened to the public, and we can't wait to show it off.

This comes hot on the heels of what has been a great vintage back in control of the winery Brian and Ann started 37 years ago.

The Tapanappa cellar door is open 11am - 4pm Thursday through Monday, and our address is 15 Spring Gully Rd, Piccadilly SA.

We look forward to welcoming you.

“A substantial wine with a long way to go” - 2010 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc

Author: 
Mike Bennie / Andrew Caillard
Source: 
Gourmet Traveller WINE
Review Date: 
July 2015

appealed to Bennie. "A pretty but rich perfume of stewed fruits, plum and prunes with some cinnamon and mara- schino cherry," he said. "A fleshy palate with ample dark fruits and tinged with choc-mint flavour. Chalky tannins, finishes fresh and peppery. It's a beefy expression of the varieties, but done well. Caillard concluded, "A substantial wine with a long way to go."

“long strands of elegant tannin” - Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2013

Author: 
Stuart Robinson
Source: 
thevinsomniac.com
Review Date: 
2/3/2015

Foggy Hill is a site that I yearn to visit. I've only taken the Southward drive down the Fleurieu coast the once, but I simply love that coastal drive, the child-like rolling hills that simply form, one into the other. I'll get there one day. Until then, I'm highly appreciative of the opportunity to see what the site can produce.

Harvested two weeks earlier than 'normal' - although I am unsure what normal is anymore - stated to be 0.3% degrees lower in alcohol and $2 cheaper than the 2012 edition.

Sap and stem are still familiar components on the nose. Less forward, less of the prune and liqueur, instead I see it as the sweetness of new growth, a little muscovado sweetness that makes way for a little dried herb as the wine opens up.

“An Australian classic” - Tiers Chardonnay 2013

Author: 
Winsor Dobbin
Source: 
Review Date: 
17/2/2015

Wine of the Week

If you are looking for a chardonnay with precision, purity and linearity you won't go wrong with the delicious cool-climate chardonnay grown on a vineyard that veteran winemaker Brian Croser describes as producing fruit that provides "a pure expression of terroir". The vineyard site is 450 metres above sea level at Piccadilly in the Adelaide Hills and this is made entirely from the Tiers old vines planted in 1980. It shows no sign of 2013 having been a warmer than average year. French Vosges oak barriques (33% new) and partial malo play second fiddle to the quality fruit here; ripe stone fruit characters duel deftly with grapefruit and minerally acid notes to produce a wine that is refined and elegant. An Australian classic.

“statuesque chardonnay” - Tiers Chardonnay 2013

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
Sydney Morning Herald
Review Date: 
3/3/2015

Brian Croser has produced another statuesque chardonnay that balances richness and generosity of flavour with tightness and brisk acidity. Superb.

96 points.

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