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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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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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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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Top Drop

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a new enterprise

In 2001 brewer Lion Nathan acquired Petaluma, the upmarket wine company founded by Brian Croser in 1976. In January 2003, Croser — in partnership with, Jean-Michel Cazes of Château Lynch-Bages, Bordeaux, and Société Jacques Bollinger, the parent company of Champagne …

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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.

This time it’s off to Australia – the Piccadilly Valley of South Australia, …

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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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Wine Spectator – Harvey Steiman – 9th of August 2006

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Big Reds

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Wine and Spirit – Natasha Hughes – May 2006


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Tapanappa – 5 star winery rating

Arguably the most interesting of all new wineries to be announced in Australia over the past few years. Its partners are Brian Croser of Petaluma, Jean-Michel Cazes of Chateau Lynch-Bages in Pauillac and Societe Jaques Bollinger, the parent company of …

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



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



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Money Magazine – Peter Forrestal – December/January 2006


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Gourmet Traveller WINE – Jeremy Oliver – December/January 2006


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Wine Spectator – 15th of December 2005


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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Decanter – Steven Spurrier – October 2005



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Decanter – Steven Spurrier – September 2005


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Brian Croser and Tapanappa

September 28, 2005

By Clive Platman

©2005, The Birmingham Post

Now in his mid-50s, Brian Croser is regarded by many authorities as the greatest Australian winemaker of his generation. Nominated as Decanter 2004’s “Man of the Year”, Croser is the …

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Wine International Magazine – Robert Joseph – September 2005


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Fine Expressions – Tom Cannavan – July/August 2005



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Restaurant Magazine – Peter McCombie – July 2005


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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, Bordeaux. Brian Croser has …

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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), the Cazes family (Ch Lynch Bages) and Bollinger (as announced here last year).

Tapanappa 2003, a 70:20:10 blend of Cabernet …

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