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“Enchanting, long finish.”  – 95 Points, Gold | Decanter World Wide Awards – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2023

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Source: Decanter World Wide Awards
Date: Jun 2024

Enticing citrus, orchard fruit and grilled cashew notes flow and swirl around the simmering acidity and fine creamy texture and propel towards the enchanting, long finish.

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“Inviting”  – 92 Points, Silver | Decanter World Wide Awards – Tapanappa Tiers 1.5M Vineyard Chardonnay 2023

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Source: Decanter World Wide Awards
Date: Jun 2024

Inviting, with quince, candied lemon and fresh pineapple juice leading to a palate of apple, white peach, vanilla and coconut.

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“Could throw out a decent challenge to the Right Bank.” 97 points – Ray Jordan | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2019

Author: Ray Jordan
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Jun 2024

This is a 55% merlot and 45% cabernet franc blend made in a similar way to the cabernet shiraz. The colour is low intensity with bright crimson purple hues. The aroma shows superb black fruits, and dark plum with a light floral lift and a little spice. Love the texture here. It’s medium bodied but layered with a thread of fine chalky tannin and fine-grained oak lacing it together perfectly.

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“Elegant, refined and stylish.” 96 Points – Ray Jordan | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2019

Author: Ray Jordan
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Jun 2024

Elegant, refined and stylish. The fruit comes from down at Wrattonbully and is taken up the winery in Piccadilly. Both varieties are kept separate during the fermentation and maturation stages before blending after 17 months in barriques. Bright crimson hues with a trace of purple. The nose has an engaging combination of plush red fruits with a little earthy licorice and cedar.

 » Read more about: “Elegant, refined and stylish.” 96 Points – Ray Jordan | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2019  »

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History in a bottle – Whale of a time

Author: Tony Love
Source: SA Life
Date: Jun 2024

South Australia’s wine story includes many well-worn tales of adventures into the unknown, maddening enterprise and celebrated family sagas. But then there are the more secret histories, which live on today in wines that reflect their colourful stories. Here, we explore the lesser-known side to South Australia’s iconic wine industry.

Let’s get this secret history business off to a seriously big picture start,

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Tapanappa 2024 Vintage Report

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Date: May 2024

After 55 vintages in Australia, you might surmise I have seen it all. Hot years, cold years, wet years, drought years, big crops, small crops, no crop. In 1983, the “Ash Wednesday” fire year, the fire was followed by a tropical deluge. We harvested no grapes from Clare or Coonawarra. Piccadilly Valley was not yet in production.

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“An utterly gorgeous pinot with an exciting future.” – Ken Gargett | Ocean Magazine – Tapanappa Foggy Hill ‘Definitus’ Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Ken Gargett
Source: Ocean Magazine
Date: May 2024

Brian Croser’s flagship pinot noir comes from just 10 rows of Dijon clones – 777 and 115 – planted in the Foggy Hill Vineyard on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The name might sound a bit like a spell from Harry Potter, and who among us can’t see Hermione waving her wand and yelling, “Definitus!” Who knows what the result would be,

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“No question of its quality.”  – 95 Points | Campbell Mattinson | The Wine Front – Tapanappa Tiers 1.5M Vineyard Chardonnay 2023

Author: Campbell Mattinson
Source: The Wine Front
Date: May 2024

There’s a cooling aspect to this, with its jasmine and seaspray notes, but its core is nutty and peachy, and while it feels measured it also has a presence. This is a fine chardonnay. Stonefruit, pear and salted nut characters put on a delicious show, start to finish, before pushing into smokier territory through the finish.

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“Masterfully tempered by brilliant structure and immaculate balance.”  – 96 Points | Tom Kline | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2023

Author: Tom Kline
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: May 2024

Planted in 1979, the Tiers Vineyard is purportedly the first to have been planted in the Piccadilly Valley since the 19th century. It’s a revered site with a history of producing hugely successful Chardonnay wines made by powerhouse Australian wine identity Brian Croser. Aromas of peach schnapps, peach blossom, white nectarine, slithered almond and green apple lift from the glass,

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South Australia 2024 – a view from the Adelaide Hills

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Source: www.jancisrobinson.com
Date: Apr 2024

Brian Croser sends a first-hand report from Tapanappa in the Piccadilly Valley on a small but promising harvest. Above, Croser scrutinizes the Chardonnay grapes in the Tiers Vineyard.

We all know what comes in small packages, but can they be a little bigger than the 2024 vintage from our Tiers,

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Silver – The Global Pinot Noir Masters 2024 | Foggy Hill Vineyard “DEFINITUS” Pinot Noir 2021

Author: The Global Pinot Noir Master 2024
Source: The Drink Business
Date: Mar 2024

“Layer upon layer of concentrated flavour . . . and bounce.” – 95 Points | Jeni Port | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2023

Author: Jeni Port
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Mar 2024

If Tiers 1.5m Chardonnay hails from the “new” block of French Bernard clones planted in 2003, fruit for this Tiers Chardonnay is off the “old” block, the original block established in 1979. A cool vintage and low yields bring good concentration, but what really characterises the wine is its open and inviting summery bounce and energy.

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“Everything is in place.” – 96 Points | Jeni Port | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Tiers 1.5 M Vineyard Chardonnay 2023

Author: Jeni Port
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Mar 2024

The Adelaide Hills 2023 vintage was the coolest of the four consecutive cool vintages since 2020. To quote winemaker, Brian Croser, the ’23 Chardonnays are far from “overt.” I find that re-assuring, the vintage speaks and it’s beautifully fine with purity of fruit and acidity layered naturally, succinctly, making 1.5m poised for further ageing. Meyer lemon,

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“Captures the Adelaide Hills archetypal Chardonnay beautifully.” – 93 Points | Jeni Port | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2023

Author: Jeni Port
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Mar 2024

Bright green-gold hues introduce an immediately engaging and open young Chardonnay. Captures the Adelaide Hills archetypal Chardonnay beautifully in delicious citrus and stone fruits – bright and energetic – aided by juicy, filigree fine acidity that drives the wine long. The winemaker lets the fruit sing, it remains largely uncluttered or dominated by oak, but you just know it’s there and you sense it is totally integrated.

 » Read more about: “Captures the Adelaide Hills archetypal Chardonnay beautifully.” – 93 Points | Jeni Port | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2023  »

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“A wonderful wine.”  – 5 Stars | Lester Jesberg | Winewise – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2023

Author: Lester Jesberg
Source: Winewise
Date: Mar 2024

Naturally, there is a close relationship between this wine and the preceding one. The 1.5m comes from younger vines, but both were made from hand-picked grapes that were chilled to 2°C, and air-bag pressed before fermentation in French barriques, one third of which were new. The pair underwent lees contact until racking and bottling in November,

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“The long, creamy, acid-fresh palate is a delight.”  – 5 Stars | Lester Jesberg | Winewise – Tapanappa Tiers 1.5M Vineyard Chardonnay 2023

Author: Lester Jesberg
Source: Winewise
Date: Mar 2024

The nose reflects a cool site and vintage, offering suggestions of grapefruit, fig and white nectarine supported by lees complexity and a whiff of oak toastiness. The long, creamy, acid-fresh palate is a delight.

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“Offers aromas and flavours that strongly reflect white nectarine”  – 4 Stars | Lester Jesberg | Winewise – Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2023

Author: Lester Jesberg
Source: Winewise
Date: Mar 2024

This wine offers aromas and flavours that strongly reflect white nectarine. Lees contact imparts an attractive nuttiness, and acidity drives the palate at this early stage.

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“A burst of flavour” – 95 Points | Stuart Robinson | The Vinsomniac – Tapanappa Foggy Hill ‘Definitus’ Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Stuart Robinson
Source: The Vinsomniac
Date: Feb 2024

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the Foggy Hill vineyard, winemaker Brian Croser – accompanied by wife Ann – embarked on a series of tasting and dinners to celebrate this milestone.

Whilst the Definitus wasn’t part of that tasting, opportunity afforded to review it post. The Definitus is akin to a block level wine,

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“Quite different to a lot of Australian Pinot Noir, and that’s no bad thing either.” – 94 Points | Gary Walsh | The Wine Front – Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2022

Author: Gary Walsh
Source: The Wine Front
Date: Feb 2024

It smells almost steely to me, which I like, and in with that there’s a pleasing green herb, mint and rosy perfume, cherry and strawberry, some cedar/pencil oak too. It’s medium-bodied with excellent structure, the quality of the tannin here is very good – all emery board and fine grip – there’s also something of a blood orange tang,

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“Its intensity and length mark it out as a classic Chardonnay.”  – 96 Point | Gary Walsh | The Wine Front – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2023

Author: Gary Walsh
Source: The Wine Front
Date: Feb 2024

Only 2011 was cooler than 2023 (of recent vintages) in the Piccadilly Valley, as expressed in HDD at 1093°, versus the long term average of 1135°. This is from a block planted in 1979,  the clone unknown.

Pear, grapefruit and lemon oil, almond meal and biscuit spices. It’s a bright and tight wine, a distinctly citrus-laced line of acidity,

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“The texture is a highlight.”  – 96 Point | Gary Walsh | The Wine Front – Tapanappa Tiers 1.5M Vineyard Chardonnay 2023

Author: Gary Walsh
Source: The Wine Front
Date: Feb 2024

From a section of the Tiers vineyard close planted in 2003 using the Bernard clones 76 and 95. This is same same, but different to the old vine Tiers, a little fleshier, but it’s the texture that’s the main point of difference.

White stonefruit, pear, quite spicy and slightly dusty/peppery, honey and lime.

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“This hits the precipice of elegant and fine Australian Chardonnay”  – Marc Malouf | Wine Worth Writing About – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2023

Author: Marc Malouf
Source: Wine Worth Writing About
Date: Feb 2024

Pale gold with cyan reflections and a tight, but beautifully nuanced nose of orange and apple blossom, white peach, pear, apple, lemon, finger-lime, sugarmelon, dried galangal, cashew and honey nougat, fennel, a touch of spearmint, ocean salinity and a hint of flint. A bit ester-y, but not overt. In the mouth it’s like a sleeping Buddha.

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“Serious stuff”  – Marc Malouf | Wine Worth Writing About – Tapanappa Tiers 1.5M Vineyard Chardonnay 2023

Author: Marc Malouf
Source: Wine Worth Writing About
Date: Feb 2024

Pale gold with cyan and silver reflections and a nose of honeysuckle, pear, fleshy lemon and lime, white pineapple and peach, white pepper, chervil, coriander seed, ripe fig, candied almond, custard, butter, spearmint and anise. Saint Aubin vibes! In the mouth it’s fleshy, juicy yet dry with plenty of drive from fresh acidity. Apple, pear,

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“Top value Chardy with exciting energy and delicious fruit intensity.”  – Marc Malouf | Wine Worth Writing About – Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2023

Author: Marc Malouf
Source: Wine Worth Writing About
Date: Feb 2024

Pale gold with cyan and silver reflections and a nose of orange blossom, floral apples, splice, grilled nectarine, ripe fig, pineapple sage, white pepper, oats/grains and a whisper of spearmint.

In the mouth it’s tart, dry and tense with driving acidity that aims straight down the palate. Think tangy nectarine, lemon, grapefruit, white pineapple and puckering green apple…it makes you salivate sweetness!

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