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Harpers – Susan Hulme – 20th of July 2007

Harpers – Rebecca Gibbs – 20th of July 2007

Western Suburbs Weekly – John Jens – 26th of June 2007

2004 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

The 2004 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz is a bright, expressive modern red. It has plenty of chalky limestone aromas,

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Taking on the World – In the Glass

4 stars

Nose chalky, minty, coffee, liquorice, spice. Palate fresh, crisply acidic, mid-weight,

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Taking on the World

….While it looks as if South Africa may be the target of quite a few more Bordeaux winemakers,

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100 Top New Releases

94 points. 5 stars.

From Brian Croser, a very fine subtle wine of honeydew melon and nutty aromas,

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Decanter – Rupert Joy – July 2007

Decanter – Mark O’Halleron – July 2007

First Taste

The Financial Review Magazine – Philip Rich – June 2007

Top 100 Australian Wines

A more sumptuous wine than the grippy, edgy, energetic 2003, this 2004 is finely tuned,

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After the Masterclass

I’m enormously enthusiastic about Brian Croser’s new Tapanappa venture (which will unite a number of ‘sites of distinction?,

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Chardonnay Partnership

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.

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Decanter – May 2007

Highlights From a Visit Down Under

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,

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Croser gets into South Australia Pinot

Australian wine producer Brian Croser is pioneering Pinot Noir in South Australia to add to the highly-regarded Tapanappa range.

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Tapanappa by Brian Croser

Meaning ‘Stick to the path’ in aboriginal language, Tapanappa is a super-premium Australian label, launched by one of the great names of Australian winemaking,

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Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 2005 Chardonnay

The concept of Tapanappa is to make ultra-premium, terroir-specific wines from their South Australian vineyards.

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Sky’s the Limit

Tapanappa (Australia) Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2004

Tapanappa’s Whalebone Vineyard of 30-year-old vines lies just north of Coonawarra in the Wrattonbully region.

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One for the Cellar

Wine of the Month

Brian Croser goes for Pinot

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.

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Blend goes for Broke

Later that day I proceeded to dinner with the same underlying message: there is never enough great wine and always too much mediocre product,

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Top 100 New Release Wines

Tapanappa 2004 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

5 stars, rating 95 points

A big wine with a lovely range of cabernet aromas,

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Pathfinder: Brian Croser and Tapanappa

Giving

Tapanappa 2004 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

With Bollinger, Lynch Bages and Brian Croser involved,

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A Bright Sparkling Future

Earthy Treasure

The renamed Wrattonbully area is showing great potential as a premium producer with its distinctive regional traits

Is there a serious wine drinker in the country who isn’t aware of Coonawarra’s terra rossa phenomenon?

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Best New World Red

Keeper

Tapanappa 2004 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz: This complex and seamless red shows mulberry and blackberry fruit,

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excellent… superb

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard 2004 Cabernet Shiraz: …expensive at $100 but excellent.

Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 2005 Chardonnay: ..scarce but superb…

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Summer Better- The 20 Must Try Wines for Summer

Simply the Best 2006

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard 2004 Cabernet Shiraz included on the list of the best events, interviews,

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The Wine List

Brian Croser has unveiled two rippers under his newly created Tapanappa label : 2004 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz and 2005 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay.

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Daily Telegraph – Jonathan Ray – 9th of December 2006

Highly Recommended

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon.

A very well made red with elements of cassis and spice.

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The War on Terroir Hits SA Vineyards

In last week’s column we looked at the emergence of Wrattonbully, Coonawarra’s neighbour on South Australia’s Limestone Coast,

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Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard 2004 Cabernet Shiraz

The other wine released under the Tapanappa label (see previous review of the 2005 Chardonnay) is a blend of 70% cabernet,

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Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2005

Tapanappa is a joint venture between Brian Croser, Bollinger and the Cazes family (who own Lynch Bages in Bordeaux).

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Top Drop

a new enterprise

In 2001 brewer Lion Nathan acquired Petaluma, the upmarket wine company founded by Brian Croser in 1976.

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Chardonnay trail again

Another data point for the Chardonnay trail, an unofficial series of notes on examples of this variety that have been accumulating on my blog in recent weeks.

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Birthday Wine

Tonight we celebrated my birthday, and also the fact that eldest son’s school cricket team won the Middlesex county title at Lords…..

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Wine Spectator – Harvey Steiman – 6th of September 2006

Square Meal – Susanna Forbes – Autumn 2006

Wine Spectator – Harvey Steiman – 9th of August 2006

Big Reds

Wine and Spirit – Natasha Hughes – May 2006

Tapanappa – 5 star winery rating

Arguably the most interesting of all new wineries to be announced in Australia over the past few years.

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The West Australian, Fresh – Ray Jordan – 19th January 2006

The World Of Fine Wine – Sara Basra – Issue 10 2006

Money Magazine – Peter Forrestal – December/January 2006

Gourmet Traveller WINE – Jeremy Oliver – December/January 2006

Wine Spectator – 15th of December 2005

Winewise, Volume 21 Number 5 – Lester Jesberg – December 2005

The Weekend Australian – James Halliday – November 19th-20th 2005

body + soul – John Fordham – 30th of October 2005

The Age – Ralph Kyte Powell – 25th of October 2005

Australian Financial Review – Tim White – 21st of October 2005

Brisbane News – Tony Harper – 12th – 18th of October 2005

The Sydney Morning Herald – Huon Hooke – 4th of October 2005

Decanter – Steven Spurrier – October 2005

Decanter – Steven Spurrier – September 2005

Brian Croser and Tapanappa

September 28, 2005

By Clive Platman

©2005, The Birmingham Post

Now in his mid-50s,

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Wine International Magazine – Robert Joseph – September 2005

Fine Expressions – Tom Cannavan – July/August 2005

Restaurant Magazine – Peter McCombie – July 2005

A very interesting debut

A very interesting debut release. This wine is the result of a project between the Croser family of Piccadilly Valley in South Australia and the Bollinger family of Champagne and the Cazes family of Lynch Bages,

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Tapanappa sees the light of day

This September will see the release of an exceptionally distinctive South Australian red from a triumvirate of Brian Croser (Petaluma),

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