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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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AUSTRALIA-S 100 GREAT WHITES FOR SUMMER SIPPING

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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Tapanappa

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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Harpers – Rebecca Gibbs – 20th of July 2007

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Western Suburbs Weekly – John Jens – 26th of June 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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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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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 – Rupert Joy – July 2007

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Decanter – Mark O’Halleron – July 2007

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First Taste

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The Financial Review Magazine – Philip Rich – June 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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After the Masterclass

I’m enormously enthusiastic about Brian Croser’s new Tapanappa venture (which will unite a number of ‘sites of distinction?, including those beyond Australia’s borders, in due course), and the Whalebone Vineyard from Wrattonbully (formerly Koppamurra) makes a fine foundation stone. Brian …

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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 …

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Decanter – May 2007

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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, south …

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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.

Croser, a Decanter Man of the Year and one of the most influential men in the Australian wine industry, has four …

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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, Brian Croser (left). Croser found fame as owner and winemaker at Petaluma, one of Australia’s icon …

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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. Tiers vineyard was selected for the Chardonnay because it “mirrors the southern end of the Cotes de Beaune, where the great Montrachets are grown.” The …

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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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One for the Cellar

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Wine of the Month

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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 …

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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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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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Pathfinder: Brian Croser and Tapanappa

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Giving

Tapanappa 2004 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

With Bollinger, Lynch Bages and Brian Croser involved, you would expect something flash and it is. Reeking of fancy new wood, it’s a sophisticated but distinctly Australian cabernet shiraz with great length and persistence …

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A Bright Sparkling Future

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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? The region and its wines, and …

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Best New World Red

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Keeper

Tapanappa 2004 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz: This complex and seamless red shows mulberry and blackberry fruit, with spice and licorice on the nose and palate and fine dusty tannins on the finish. Try it now with roast lamb or cellar …

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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

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Simply the Best 2006

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard 2004 Cabernet Shiraz included on the list of the best events, interviews, films, food, wine and books for 2006 in Brisbane, saying:

“With its taut structure, this wine ($75) is the best Australian red released this year. …

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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

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Highly Recommended | Winewise | Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon.

A very well made red with elements of cassis and spice. There is also a touch of leafiness. Well integrated oak rounds out a very harmoniously composed blend.…

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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, and of Brian Croser’s acquisition in 2003 of the pioneering Koppamurra vineyard, established in 1974.

It was the first acquisition by Tapanappa …

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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, 20% shiraz and 10% cabernet franc. The fruit is sourced from a vineyard planted in 1974 in Wrattonbully (north …

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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). The fruit is sourced from the Tiers vineyard in the Adelaide Hills (Croser retained ownership of the vineyard after Lion Nathan …

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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…..

Tappanappa Whalebone Vineyard 2004 Wrattonbully, Australia is the second release of Brian Croser’s new red wine, from a …

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Wine Spectator – Harvey Steiman – 6th of September 2006

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Square Meal – Susanna Forbes – Autumn 2006

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