The 2004 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz is a bright, expressive modern red. It has plenty of chalky limestone aromas,
Nose chalky, minty, coffee, liquorice, spice. Palate fresh, crisply acidic, mid-weight,
Former Petaluma supremo Brian Croser had to treat his vineyard owner wife Ann to a week in the best hotel in Paris to convince her to release half of the chardonnay grapes from her Tiers Vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley to his new Tapanappa winery venture.
Now that I’m back from Australia, I’ve compiled the following small but quirky list of highs and lows:
Most Pleasant Surprise (Barrel Tasting Division): Pinot Noir from Brian Croser’s new Foggy Hill vineyard way down on the Fleurieu Peninsula,
Australian wine producer Brian Croser is pioneering Pinot Noir in South Australia to add to the highly-regarded Tapanappa range.
The concept of Tapanappa is to make ultra-premium, terroir-specific wines from their South Australian vineyards.
Brian Croser has a 400-head (NB. should read 4000 head) sheep farm near Tunkalilla, way down on the Fleurieu Peninsula on the ocean (below McLaren Vale) where he has planted a few acres of Pinot Noir because it reminds him of the Sonoma Coast.
In last week’s column we looked at the emergence of Wrattonbully, Coonawarra’s neighbour on South Australia’s Limestone Coast,
The other wine released under the Tapanappa label (see previous review of the 2005 Chardonnay) is a blend of 70% cabernet,
Tapanappa is a joint venture between Brian Croser, Bollinger and the Cazes family (who own Lynch Bages in Bordeaux).
Arguably the most interesting of all new wineries to be announced in Australia over the past few years.
This September will see the release of an exceptionally distinctive South Australian red from a triumvirate of Brian Croser (Petaluma),
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