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2007 Tapanappa Tiers Chardonnay

There are only a handful of wines in Australia where just one word will do to convey the seriousness and romance of the contents of the bottle?When Brian Croser planted the Tiers vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide …

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93 Points – Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2005

The quality of black currant, cherry and plum fruit showcased in this wine makes it one of the best releases under this label to date. Vanillin oak supports its rich fruit and fine supple tannins.…

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96 Points – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2007

This wine is improving incrementally even dure the two months since its release. Vanilla pod, almond meal, star anise and fresh orange rind converge in incredible concentration and persistence. It’s very Burgundian in shape, with ultra-fine, minerally acidity and sensational …

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Hidden Gems: We highlight six new sensational wineries

Former Petaluma chief winemaker Brian Croser has linked with the family that owns Bollinger Champagnes, and the Cazes family of Bordeaux, to produce site-specific Tapanappa wines of the highest quality. They come from the Whalebone vineyard in Wrattonbully, Croser’s family …

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On the up Down Under


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pinot envy – Tapanappa, Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2007

Staying true to form, the Franco-Aussie partnership started by Australian pioneer, Brian Croser, has produced a wine with great potential. It had the panel salivation; veal, grilled beef with truffles and bresaola were a few of the suggestions.

‘With an …

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Face to face: Xavier Bizot


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Xavier Bizot has become general manager of Tapanappa Wines, the joint venture between the Croser family of Australia, the Bollinger family of Champagne and the Cazes family of Chateau Lynch-Bages. Bizot, a member of the Bollinger family, is also married …

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5 Stars – Tapanappa Tiers Chardonnay 2007

Made by Brian Croser, the Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay comes from his family’s vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. Every chardonnay technique has been applied in the making, yet the power of the fruit remains. It is focused and pure, with an …

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90 Points – Tapanappa 2004 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot

This French-Australian collaboration has turned out a soft, easy-to-drink Merlot with notable complexity. Cassis and black cherry fruit is backed with shadings of cedar and vanilla and eased along by a creamy texture and supple tannins. Without any track record, …

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Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot 2004

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard was a real winner. With intense colours, the 2004 merlot shows aromas of ripe plum with the smoky eucalypt and anise edge. The

flavour offers rich, ripe fruit without being sweet, with firm tannins for a savoury …

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Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 – 95 Points & Outstanding

Bright, lemon-green; lovely line and focused fruit with complex cashews and fine citrus fruits on the long, generous finish; great texture and very supple.…

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Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2005 – 94 Points

Finely constructed, with bright fruits supported by classy oak; full bodied with ample levels of black fruits and superfine tannins, yielding a supple and surprisingly approachable young wine. May surprise with its longevity.…

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Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2007 – 96 Points

Bright pale green-strawl as expected, an immaculately proportioned and balanced wine with great drive and impeccable line; all the vineyard and winemaker inputs are seamlessly welded, making flavour descriptors unnecessary.…

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Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2005

With Croser, Lynches-Bages and Bollinger interests behind this wine, it is no suprise that it has some serious intent. Whiffs of currants, mulberries and oak are appealing but the structure is really impressive.…

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It’s not as easy as ABC

…Brian Croser’s Tappanappa, Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2007 Adelaide Hills was a tense, introvert and lime-scented wine…

Inquiring subsequently about how exactly the Tappanappa wine had been made, I found that the yeast had been a single strain isolated from a …

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**TOP DROP** Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2005

Brian Croser (ex-Petaluma), among Australia’s most accomplished winemakers, and Bordeaux Legend Jean-Michel Cazes established this Wrattonbully (SA) winery in 2003. Densley coloured with a dusty/earthy nose, this has a stylish, restrained and elegant palate.…

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Tapanappa Tiers Chardonnay 2007 – 5 stars

The Tapanappa colaboration brings together local legend Brian Croser and French wine identities Jean-Michel Cazes and Arnould d’Hautefeuille. The result is high-quality wines such as this smoothly complex Adelaide Hills chardonnay. Stone fruit, grapefruit, mealy notes and nutty oak combine …

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Tapanappa Tiers Chardonnay – 95 Points

Brian Croser has made a beautiful Adelaide Hills chardonnay, delicate and understated but with great flavour complexity and refined texture. Bright and clean with grapefruit, nutty and smoky nuances, properly dry and focused.…

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Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Fleurieu Peninsula Pinot Noir 2007

Brian Croser’s first wine from a vineyard planted in 2003 on a cold, foggy 350-metre peak of the Fleurieu Peninsula. This is promising pinot from one of Australia’s most significant wine figures. But Brian, could we please have another few …

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Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2007

Croser’s wine, from the Tiers Vineyard (planted 1979) is an altogether more subtle wine ? luxurious but with finesse and a seamless integration of the fruit and barrel ferment and maturation elements. It just needs time in bottle.…

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Off the shelf

2007 Tapanappa Pinot Noir, Fleurieu Peninsula

Nearly all you need to know about this wine is printed on the back and front labels of the bottle; for example, the fruit hails from the Foggy Hill vineyard situated at Parawa, the …

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Dean Taylor’s $25,000 Cellar

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Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir, Fleurieu Peninsula

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz, Wrattonbully…

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95 Points – 5 Stars – 2007 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

A superb chardonnay by maestro Brian Croser. It’s about understated complexity; fruit, oak, malolactic and lees characters are in harmony, with concentration and finesse. All it needs is time; if it evolves like the ’05 it will be great.…

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2007 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

The first vintage from Brian Croser’s pioneering, close-planted pinot noir vineyard on the Fleurieu’s southern tip is a stunner: elegant cherry and undergrowth flavours, and fine, powdery tannins. Ageworth, too.

Drink with quail.…

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Outstanding – 2007 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Certain politicians like to use the word “un-Australian” in a derogatory sense. I’ll use it here in a very positive way. May Australian chardonnays are driven by fruit at the expense of complexity. Relatively few combine those two key aspects …

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Outstanding – 2005 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Wrattonbully Cabernet Shiraz

The vineyard from which this wine comes was planted in 1974, and until recently was known as Koppamurra. I think it has already proven to be one of Australia’s great sites, and this wine reinforces my view. There are many …

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Highly Recommended – 2005 Tapanappa Whaebone Vineyard Wrattonbully Merlot

The fruit component of this wine is probably as good as it gets for merlot in Australia at the moment. There’s a depth and complexity that goes way beyond the common plum and spice descriptors. There it is, merlot in …

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2007 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Fleurieu Peninsula Pinot Noir

That’s right – a pinot from Fleurieu. Mind you, the vineyard sits at 350 metres above sea level and cops a lot of fog. Given the head start that the cool Victorian regions, Tasmania and the Adelaide Hills have with …

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Tapanappa Fleurieu Peninsula Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2007

I must admit, I was sceptical. A $45 pinot noir from the Fleurieu Peninsula – it sounds absurd. OK, so industry leader Brian Croser is behind it and he’s unlikely to engage in folly. But all things considered – well, …

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A Foggy idea

If you need a reason to try Brian Croser’s pinot noirs, big name partners Bollinger and Cazes might be a good place to start.

Brian Croser recently breezed through town and for wine nerds like me it’s a little like …

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Top producer sticks to the path of quality

Brian Croser is as close to a living legend as you will find in the Australian wine industry. All are thoroughly deserved

He has been awarded an AO, the Maurice O’Shea Award and in 2004 was named Decanter’s Man of …

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90 points – Tapanappa Merlot Wrattonbully Whalebone Vineyard 2004

The texture and harmony set this apart, despite a vegetal edge. Supple, almost sumptuous, this starts with more herb and red pepper notes than ripe cherry flavours, but it balances nicely as the finish rolls on. Drink now through 2012. …

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Weekend Australian – Max Allen – 14th of June 2008


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100 Best Australian Wines of 2008

The 2005 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot has scored a spot in Matthew Jukes coveted top 100 wines of 2008.

Commenting on the 2008 selection, Matthew Jukes said, ?Quentin and I always start off this process with a blank piece of …

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Qantas Magazine – Peter Forrestal – May 2008


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93 Points – #1 Rated Wine

The top rated wine in the report, the 2006 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay from Tapanappa comes from Adelaide Hills, the Piccadilly Valley. The Tiers vineyard site was planted by Brian Croser back in 1978 when …

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93 Points – 2006 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Brian Croser’s efforts with Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay have finally paid off in a big way. This is a plump, amply textured wine that doesn?t lack for elegance, marrying scents and flavors of toasted grain with white peaches and hazelnuts. Long …

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New Kid On Old Block

IT was pure coincidence that the day before I left Australia for my usual month in Burgundy three missives arrived, two being emails, the third a bottle of pinot noir.

The first email was an offer by Sydney’s Ultimo Wine …

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Tapanappa Wrattonbully Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2005

This continues the strong impression made by the 2004 version of this. This is reserved but big, chocked with dusty, curranty, cedary fruit flavour and then sweet and jubey through the finish. I tasted this six months ago and it …

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Tapanappa Cabernet Shiraz 2005 – 94 points

Unashamedly fusing Australian fruit and a Bordelaise approach, this has precise distinctive fruit aromas, swanky oak influence, some mint and milk chocolate. The dominant cabernet sauvignon has integrated completely with its minority partners, shiraz and cabernet franc; this has an …

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Tapanappa, Australia

In 2006 and 2007 I reported on my first tastings of the wines of Tapanappa, the premium Australian label launched in 2002 by Brian Croser, one of the great names of Australian winemaking.

Croser found fame as owner and winemaker …

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Tapanappa, Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Adelaide Hills 17.5 Drink 2007-12

Notably sweet, smooth texture. Just the merest hint of coffee and spice (perhaps because of the Vosges oak used? ? new and old). Good acidity but texture is really is its strong suit, from vines planted in 1979. Some creamy …

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Drinks Business – Patrick Schmitt – Jan 2008


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The Wine Generation


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New Wines From Around the World


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Outstanding Cabernet


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The Bulletin – Peter Forrestal – December 18, 2007


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What lies beneath



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Wine Behind The Label 2007 – Philip Williamson & David Moore –


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Australian Financial Review Magazine – Philip Rich – Dec 07


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Off Licence News – Tim Atkin – 5th of October 2007

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Wine Spectator – Harvey Steiman – 15th of December 2007

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Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – October 2007

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Included in list of 25 Australian Benchmark Wines

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New World Wines with Old World Charms

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Wines to Watch

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Despite the fanfare, I didn’t like the first release of this wine from the 2003 vintage. The new project of Australian wine legend Brian Croser, it had come from mature vines at Wrattonbully in South …

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5 Star Winery

Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2005. Pale straw-green, a study in reserved composition, all the elements of melon, fig, nectarine oak and mlf so seamlessly interwoven they are all but invisible on a one-by-one basis; less in more. 96 points.…

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The Red Album 2007 – Top 101 Reds – Campbell Mattinson – August 2007

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Harpers – Rebecca Gibbs – 20th of July 2007

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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, spicy oak. Noticeable alcohol. Very sweet fruit. Up to 2010.…

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En langage aborigène TAPANAPPA voudrait dire « Stick to The Path » en Anglais ou « Continuer son chemin » en Français.

Pour être plus clair, Cap sur l?Australie, direction l?Australie du Sud.

Focus sur un domaine viticole baptisé TAPANAPPA.…

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2004 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Beautifully defined fruit, perfect poise and serious structure. Wrattonbully’s potential as a red wine region has attracted some heavy hitters and this wine is the strongest affirmation of that faith.…

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2005 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

92 points.

Pale yellow. Highly perfumed nose offers a complex array of smoky, leesy citrus and pit fruit aromas underscored by toasty oak and sweet butter. The fresh peach and yellow plum flavors possess impressive depth and are nicely brightened …

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The Drinks Business – Clinton Cawood – September 2007


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Harpers – Susan Hulme – 20th of July 2007

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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, almost like wet concrete, with spiced berries, dried herbs and minty edges. The palate has an even-handed style, clever blending …

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

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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, there are increasingly few places in the world where the French can take the upper hand in joint ventures, as they clearly …

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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, with oak and malolactic elements all finely bound into a seamless whole.…

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Decanter – Mark O’Halleron – July 2007

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Top 100 Australian Wines

A more sumptuous wine than the grippy, edgy, energetic 2003, this 2004 is finely tuned, more relaxed and self-assured and, in truth, far more delicious! Tapanappa is fast-tracking at an impressive rate into the top echelons of the Aus wine …

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Decanter – Rupert Joy – July 2007

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The Financial Review Magazine – Philip Rich – June 2007

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First Taste

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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, from mint and herbs to abundant dark fruit. It’s concentrated and lingering, powerfully built and here for the long …

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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, the main virtue of which is its alcohol content. At the dinner the hosts were the …

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Wine of the Month

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One for the Cellar

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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. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Shiraz (20%) and Cabernet Franc (10%) spends 18 months in all new …

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