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The Noble House of Carmenet

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: Jan 2014

This paper was presented by Brian at a conference in London, January 2014.

THE NOBLE HOUSE OF CARMENET.
INTRODUCTION

Carmenet is an old Medoc synonym for Cabernet Franc.

It is also the name given to the Bordeaux family of wine-grape varieties by Levadoux in 1948 in his classification of France’s ampelographical assemblage into eco-georoups,

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The Wine Detective looks at Wrattonbully

Author: Sarah Ahmed
Source: The Wine Detective
Date: Jan 2014

As part of her Limestone Coast regional tour, Sarah Ahmed has produced a detailed article on the geology and associated wines of the Wrattonbully region, including a look at our unique Whalebone Vineyard. Read the full article here: http://www.thewinedetective.co.uk/blog/australia/the-limestone-coast-par…

As part of this she reviewed both our 2009 Whalbone wines as follows.

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On industry leadership (cont.)

Author: Brian Croser
Source: WBM Magazine
Date: Dec 2013

The following letter was published in WBM Magazine’s weekly newsletter on 29th, November 2013.

After a decade of being deliberately agnostic about the Australian wine community’s political processes, my frustration at the continuing bad news story that the Australian wine community hierarchy conspires for itself, boiled over in an essay I wrote,

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Grape Introspections

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Jancis Robinson
Date: Nov 2013

This essay also appears on Jancis Robinson’s site at: http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/a201311012.html

Barring global financial accidents, geopolitical upheaval or an asteroid strike, 2014 should be a good business year propelled by the gathering momentum of the US economy, which should also tame our dollar. Fine wine is at the forefront of consumption growth and the US has a structural deficiency of grape supply.

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Champagne moment for local winemaker

Author: Eli Greenblat
Source: The Age
Date: Oct 2013

The following article by Eli Greenblat comes from The Age, 7/10/2013

Australian wine-making legend Brian Croser, founder of Petaluma, has attracted the big guns of champagne to his latest wine venture, with the scion of France’s famous Bollinger champagne house joining the board of his privately owned Tapanappa Wines.

Etienne Bizot,

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Emphasis on winemaker too strong in OZ’

Author: Patrick Schmitt
Source: Drinks Business
Date: Sep 2013

The following article by Patrick Schmitt appeared on Drinks Business, 20th September 2013.

Australia should shift its emphasis from the personalities behind the wines to the places where they come from in a bid to further the country’s fine wine reputation.

That’s the view of Frenchman Xavier Bizot, who is general manager of Australia’s Tapanappa,

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Foggy Hill Turns Ten

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: Jun 2013

Foggy Hill was planted in 2003.

The 2013 vintage just finished was a wonderful way to celebrate the 10th birthday of this unique and lonely vineyard. Dry and warm by virtue of warmer than average nights, the compete description of the great 2013 vintage is on Tapanappa’s web site here: http://www.tapanappawines.com.au/blog/may2013/2013-vintage-report.

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2013 Vintage Report

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: May 2013

2013 was a very warm and dry vintage.

2013 was also a wonderful vintage.

Despite near record warmth at all three of the Tapanappa terroirs, there were very few days above 35°C, no extended heat waves and it was night warmth that contributed to the elevated heat summations.

Night warmth is good.

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Cabernet Sauvignon-A Global Exploration Of One Of The World’s Greatest Grape Varieties

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: Feb 2013

The following seminar was presented in London as part of a look at Chilean Cabernet.

Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon

This Global Exploration is a celebration of the great quality and diversity of the noble Cabernet Sauvignon.

It is also recognition of the importance of this variety to the Chile where it has flourished on its own roots for more than 160 years.

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BJC awarded Wolf Blass Award

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: Oct 2012

While not specifically Tapanappa news, it is nonethless very pleasing to see Brian’s lifelong commitment to Riesling honored by the Canberra International Riesling Challenge, awarding him the 2012 Wolf Blass Award for his contribution to the development and promotion of Riesling.

Brian unfortunately wasn’t able to be present to receive the award, but with good and topical excuse,

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In defence of 2010

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: May 2012

Two blogs in a day! 

Not quite, as the previous one had been under preparation for some time.

Having hailed the 2012 vintage in the great tradition of Murray Tyrrell (renowned for announcing the vintage of the century every year), I feel compelled to defend vintage 2010.

The statistics of heat summation and summer rain for vintage 2010 reveal it as one of,

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2012 Vintage Summary

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: May 2012

It’s been along time between posts.

The last post was “The Big Stretch”, the paper I wrote on Chile for a seminar on South American wines in London in January.

Since then the 2012 vintage has ripened beautifully, was carefully harvested and is in barriques slowly going through malo-lactic fermentation as winter approaches.

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The Big Stretch – The Emerging Chilean Fine WIne Industry

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: Feb 2012

The following paper was recently given by Brian at the inaugural South American Wine Workshop in London.

“THE BIG STRETCH”
THE EMERGING CHILEAN FINE WINE INDUSTRY
INTRODUCTION

I am not an expert on the Chilean wine industry and even less so on the Argentinean wine industry.  

Andres Ilabaca and the team from Vina Santa Rita can put their vineyards and wines into context better than I can and Edgardo del Popolo is a leader of the Argentinean wine industry,

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US shortfall may solve OZ surplus

Author: Jancis Robinson
Source: Jancis Robinson
Date: Feb 2012

The following article is taken from Jancis Robinson’s website: http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/a201202131.html

US shortfall may solve OZ surplus by Jancis Robinson, 13 Feb 2012

La Niña and the succession of cool, rainy summers it has inflicted on much of south-east Australia may be making life extremely difficult for grape growers who in 2011 and 2012 are having to combat unusual conditions in the vineyard.

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Fascinating Pinot

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: Nov 2011

On Monday night (the 21st) in the multi-faceted Leonard French Grand Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria we were treated to a tasting of international Pinot Noirs reflecting and refracting the spectrum of hues, aromas, flavours and palate architecture of this fascinating grape variety.

The 12th Stonier International Pinot Noir Tasting (SIPNOT) was also reflective of the ongoing passion of Brian Stonier AO.,

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Sunshine, Riesling & Qantas

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: Nov 2011

Remarkably the sun came out in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and has prevailed over the occasional misty rain drift from the Pacific for the past 16 days.

The coolest and latest vintage of the Oregon wine industry’s short history received the last moment filtered sunlight required to elevate sugars, colours and flavours out of the “failed to ripen”

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Whether Weather or Climate Change is More Important?

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: Oct 2011

Here we are again in Oregon where vintage used to be in September.

Today is the 13th of October, a cool foggy damp day in downtown Dayton and at least two weeks from harvest.

Dayton is a small town at the junction of the Yamhill and the Willamette Rivers, which in turn flow into the mighty Columbia and out to the Pacific Ocean beyond Portland city.

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Pale in Comparison by Huon Hooke

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
Date: Oct 2011

The following article by Huon Hooke appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, October 11th 2011

Brian at Foggy HillA super-wet season has prompted a perfectionist to sell off his pinot for a few dollars.

Brian Croser draws three samples of 2011 pinot noir from their barrels, all pale coloured but charming for their floral and cherry-like perfumes.

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Review 2: Wine, Terroir & Climate Change by John Gladstones

Author: Brian Croser
Source: by John Gladstones
Date: Aug 2011

Introduction

John Gladstones has constructed his wonderful new book, Wine Terroir and Climate Change to examine the effect of each element of terroir (the environment) on the stages of growth and fruit ripening of the grape vine. He has proposed hypotheses around the vine physiological responses to these terroir signals and the ultimate effect on grape composition and wine quality and style.

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Review of Wine, Terroir & Climate Change by John Gladstones

Author: Brian Croser
Source: by John Gladstones
Date: Aug 2011

This wonderful book is a book in two parts. I deal here with the Wine and Terroir part of the book, which is contained in the first 11 chapters and then again in chapter 14, 21st century viticulture and its terroirs: a summary. Chapters 12 and 13 deal with Climate Change and its potential effects on viticulture as we know it.

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2011 Vintage Report

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: Aug 2011

In the 42 years of my involvement in the Australian wine industry the bad wet vintages prior to 2011 have been, 1969, 1974, 1983 and 1989.

Including 2011 that’s one every 8 years or so. 

It’s been 22 years since the last one so we have been treated well  by climate standards,

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The Australian wine community’s biggest challenge

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: Jul 2011

The following article orinignal formed a response to the Winemakers’ Federations of Australia’s submission to the GWRDC 5 Year Planning process.

Even if the WFA’s new research model is adopted by the GWRDC and is supported by the Australian wine community it is unlikely to discover and implement any paradigm shifting technology,

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Natural wine: does this description have meaning?

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: Jun 2011

This post was originally in response to a question raised by a magazine editor on what is natural wine, and does this description have any real meaning.

DirtThis is a subject on which everyone is correct.

It is only relevant to fine wine at the very top end of quality and intellectual interest.

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Canaries of Climate

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: Jun 2011

Canary - image courtesy of David.R.CarrollThe Australian wine community is allowing itself to be tarred by the brush of climate politics.

Sometimes called the “canaries of climate”, wine regions have emerged and disappeared with the swings of climate over the more than 10 centuries of recorded wine history. For any region, climate decides the choice of varieties,

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