Tapanappa News, Articles & Reviews

“Excellent wine” - 2012 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
Peter Chapman
Source: 
Various (syndicated)
Review Date: 
11/09/2015

WINEMAKER Brian Croser packs a punch of flavours into his wines and here is another mouthful of moreish blackcurrants and spice. Excellent wine.

95/100

“A very smart wine” - 2013 Tiers Chardonnay

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

Medium to full yellow colour. A complex but youthful lanolin, wool, nut-toffee and lightly floral bouquet gives entrée to a tight, slightly shrill, high-acid palate. Very fine, tight and long. The acidity is almost a tad overdone alone, but with the right food it would sing. Fruit does the talking: the complexing factors are there but well in the background. A very smart wine which will improve with cellaring.

96 points

“so beautifully etched with tannin” - 2012 Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson
Source: 
The Wine Front
Review Date: 
19 Aug 2015

Merlot and cabernet franc from 1974 plantings. 66/34 blend. Worthy of a spot in the jewellery drawer of Australian wine – you could argue.
This is a swashbuckler.

Tannic, herbal, chocolatey, rich, elegant and more. Warm too, pushing it, no doubting it. But so beautifully etched with tannin and so well splayed with complex cigar box, gumleaf and spice notes. Plenty of rumble under its bonnet.

95 points
Drink: 2015 - 2030

Halliday Wine Companion 2016 results

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Halliday Wine Companion 2016
Review Date: 
August 2015

Tiers Vineyard 2013 Chardonnay

An extremely intense and focused wine; the fruit is a blend of citrus, stone fruit and apple; the barrel ferment inputs and oak maturation have been swallowed by the fruit. Needs several years to relax and open for business.

94 points
Drink by 2028

Foggy Hill Vineyard 2013 Pinot Noir

Destemmed, crushed and chilled for a 4-day cold soak, 10 months in French barriques (30% new). Light colour, but with a bright hue; the flowery bouquet of spice, rose petals and small red fruits is followed by a light, perfectly balanced palate, the promised red fruits duly delivered; the finish is long and in lockstep with all that has preceded it.

95 points
Drink by 2023

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.

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