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This will develop beautifully | 94 Points | Campbell Mattinson – Foggy Hill Vineyard “DEFINITUS” Pinot Noir 2019

Author: Campbell Mattinson
Source: The Wine Front
Date: Aug 2022

There’s a lot of spice here, and autumnal effects, and general savouriness/earthiness in there with the fruit. I thought at first that it was peddling a bit too hard, but strangely enough the wine seemed to tighten and become more structural as it breathed, rather than the other way around, and as it did so I was turned more and more in its favour.  » Read more about: This will develop beautifully | 94 Points | Campbell Mattinson – Foggy Hill Vineyard “DEFINITUS” Pinot Noir 2019  »

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A Chardonnay masterclass | Jeni Port – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

Author: Jeni Port
Source: Wine Companion
Date: Aug 2022

This comes from a vintage in the Piccadilly Valley that Tapanappa winemaker Brian CrosBarrel fermented in French oak (33% new), left on lees until bottled in January 2022. A chardonnay masterclass from a master that brings complexity and concentration with an utterly irresistible liveliness. Beautifully worked flinty aromas, grapefruit, lime zest, stone fruits and nougat.

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It’s all here, you just need time | 94 points | Jeni Port – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay 2021

Author: Jeni Port
Source: Wine Companion
Date: Aug 2022

The use of 1.5m in the wine’s title refers to its French-inspired close-planted 1.5m row spacing in the vineyard. The wine is regularly defined by its racy acidity, making it a different personality to its Tiers sibling. If you love acidity – and I do – it’s a perfect foil for the wine’s bright lemon,

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Something quite exciting | 93 points | Wine Companion – Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2021

Author: Jeni Port
Source: Wine Companion
Date: Aug 2022

A quality chardonnay maker and a quality vintage adds up to something quite exciting. Pristine with layers of citrus, honeydew melon, stone fruit and plenty of tangy, fresh acidity to give it zing, this is definitely on the riper end of the spectrum but it wears it well. Seamless and building in texture, it’s incredibly moreish now.

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Exotic, dense, sapid smelling | Tim White | 2019 Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: Tim White
Source: timwhite.com.au
Date: Aug 2022

Exotic, dense, sapid smelling. Iced white peach kernel. There’s a just-milled Egyptian Gold flour fruitiness about it. So, so dense. Plenty of fruit concentration evident on the palate too, although the flavours themselves are reserved and primal — like the apple and blackberry of a serious, ‘grower’ Blanc de Blancs. This has real extract, and lingering white stone fruit kernel among sea saltiness to finish.

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Bright and effortless | 18/20 | Andrew Graham – Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Andrew Graham
Source: Australian Wine Review
Date: Jul 2022

It’s been another rough week here at Graham HQ, which means another noticeable lack of bottles opened. The wine sample department doth spilleth over, now extending from cupboard to a stack of boxes in the kitchen. Anyway, this is the correct way to ease back into it – the strong new release Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2021.  » Read more about: Bright and effortless | 18/20 | Andrew Graham – Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021  »

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It has backbone | 90 points | Huon Hooke – Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Jul 2022

Bright, light-medium ruby-purple colour, the aromas fragrant and raspberry, strawberry tinged, while the wine is light bodied and softly textured, the tannins positive, powdery and cleansing the finish. Good fruit purity and it has backbone. It should mature in a positive direction for several years, adding more complexity.

90 Points

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Long lasting | 93 Points | Huon Hooke – Foggy Hill Vineyard “DEFINITUS” Pinot Noir 2019

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Jul 2022

Medium depth of colour, still bright and fresh with a tinge of purple at the rim. The bouquet is spicy, whole-bunchy and quite complex, forest-floor and root-vegetable nuances chiming in with the red fruits and finished with a twist of bitter Italian herbs. The tannins refresh the finish and add to persistence, which is long-lasting. (20% whole-bunch,  » Read more about: Long lasting | 93 Points | Huon Hooke – Foggy Hill Vineyard “DEFINITUS” Pinot Noir 2019  »

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TRUE TO STORY

Author: Brian Croser
Source: WBM
Date: Jul 2022

Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard, Photo by Jodie Pilgrim

A distinctive attribute of fine wine is that it endures, reposes in cellars often long after the maker and collector have sipped their last, to re-emerge at family celebrations or in more mercenary circumstance at fine wine auction.

At the auction of a bottle of aged wine,

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Timing is the well spring of opportunity

Author: Brian Croser
Source:
Date: Jul 2022

Tapanappa, Brian Croser

Timing is the well-spring of opportunity. 

My generation, the “Boomers” have enjoyed pretty good timing and I know I have, and I am grateful. 

My career as a vigneron began with my training in the later 60’s and early 70’s, paralleling the birth and development of the modern Australian wine matrix.

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The Urgency Of Levy Reform

Author: Brian Croser
Source: WBM
Date: Jul 2022

The CSIRO has sort of announced the redundancy of at least three senior scientists, experts and researchers in grapevine genetics and physiology at the Adelaide CSIRO offices located at the Waite Research Institute.

A further number of technical support staff and rumour has it more to come, have been or will be laid off in parallel.

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Levy Reform In The Australian Wine Community

Author: Brian Croser
Source: WBM
Date: Jul 2022

Since 1929, a levy derived support system for the Australian wine community’s research and promotional programs has generated very large benefits.

The core rationale for these levies is that they are used to address market failure, those activities that have identifiable benefits for the whole grape and wine community and the nation, that otherwise would not be funded by enterprise.

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Will develop beautifully | 94 Points | Gary Walsh – Foggy Hill Vineyard “DEFINITUS” Pinot Noir 2019

Author: Gary Walsh
Source: www.winefront.com.au
Date: Jun 2022

There’s a lot of spice here, and autumnal effects, and general savouriness/earthiness in there with the fruit.

I thought at first that it was peddling a bit too hard, but strangely enough the wine seemed to tighten and become more structural as it breathed, rather than the other way around, and as it did so I was turned more and more in its favour.  » Read more about: Will develop beautifully | 94 Points | Gary Walsh – Foggy Hill Vineyard “DEFINITUS” Pinot Noir 2019  »

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A very strong release | 94 points | Gary Walsh – Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Gary Walsh
Source: https://www.winefront.com.au/
Date: Jun 2022

This bottle is screwcap sealed. Aside that, it’s pretty clear that Tapanappa have done very well out of the 2021 vintage, as have many others.

Red fruits, spiced strawberry mainly, kind of autumnal, a little mint. It’s light to medium-bodied, fine and quite ‘minerally’, fresh and tight, lovely fine-grained tannin, and a long bright finish,  » Read more about: A very strong release | 94 points | Gary Walsh – Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021  »

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Top tier. Top Tiers | 18.7 / 20, 95/100 | Andrew Graham- Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

Author: Andrew Graham
Source: Australian Wine Review
Date: Jun 2022

Top tier. Top Tiers.

This Tapanappa Tiers Chardonnay 2021 is just a super Chardonnay. Something that does justice to the Tiers name, from a great (cool vintage), and in classical form. It’s a winning wine, that has but one flaw – it’s too young.

Before you dive into this review, can I recommend you start with a whole smorgasbord of Tiers notes and more context 

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Flagrantly fragrant | 9.4/10 | Max Crus – Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Max Crus
Source: www.maxcrus.com.au
Date: May 2022

This is quite possibly the most flagrantly fragrant red wine in Australia, you can smell it all night, or, at only 12.5 percent drink it too and still drive home.

9.4/10

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Superior, bountiful Pinot | 9.5/10 | Max Crus – Foggy Hill Vineyard “DEFINITUS” Pinot Noir 2019

Author: Max Crus
Source: www.maxcrus.com.au
Date: May 2022

You don’t often see the winemaker mentioned on the front label, but with Brian in charge, why wouldn’t you?

It’s astonishing two wines from the same vineyard could be so different, yet still so lovely. This is superior, bountiful pinot despite a 13 percent, with an amazingly alluring fragrance.

9.5/10

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A supreme ambassador of the variety and region | Tony Love – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

Author: Tony Love
Source: InDaily
Date: May 2022

This comes from a vintage in the Piccadilly Valley that Tapanappa winemaker Brian Croser describes as “near-perfect”.  It’s a supreme ambassador of the variety and region, wafting at first with freshly cut grapefruit, a little orchard blossom then flowing straight into the same delicious set of flavours, with a pithiness in its core of citrus characters that provides a textural layer in the palate and a seemingly limitless purity and length.

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Silver | The Global Pinot Noir Masters 2022 – 2018 Foggy Hill Vineyard “DEFINITUS” Pinot Noir

Author:
Source: The Global Pinot Noir Masters 2022
Date: May 2022

Palish garnet with a hint of brick.

Correct.  Mid intensity.  Developing.  Red fruit, oak, herbal and spicy.

Dry, mid-low acidity, mid bodied, warm alcohol.  Decent grainy tannins.  Fruits follows through from the nose. Mid length.

Silver

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“Fresh but also quite potent” 96 Points | Anne Krebiehl MW – 2019 Tiers Valley Chardonnay

Author: Anne Krebiehl MW
Source: Falstaff
Date: May 2022

Subtle woodsmoke, Mirabelle jelly, wet loam and ripe lemon on the nose make for a dramatic and complex opening. The palate is immediately concentrated, a perfect calibration of creaminess and citric verve, all delivered with a super-fluid, smooth mouthfeel and super-charged, linear freshness. There is something urgent, something deeply refreshing and direct about the lemon purity of this wine,

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Three In A Row

Author: Brian Croser
Source:
Date: May 2022

Vignerons the world over, live with the caprice of nature, the weather God in particular.

The optimal result of a bountiful crop of outstanding quality grapes is a small sliver on the roulette wheel of weather dictated outcomes through a seven-month growing season, regardless of provenance.

More often the combination of a small crop of outstanding quality creates a consumer demand that can’t be met,

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An exercise in just-rightness | 94 points | Andrew Graham – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay 2021

Author: Andrew Graham
Source: Australian Wine Review
Date: May 2022

You remember when I pumped up the little brother wine to this new Tapanappa Tiers 1.5m Chardonnay 2021? This is a significant step up. Different though.

Drawn from the close-planted block across the path from the original Tiers 1979 plantings (tangent – there’s a photo of a young Brian Croser looking purposeful in his short sleeves among those young vines here),

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Richness and concentration | 94 points | Huon Hooke- Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Blend 2020

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: therealreview.com
Date: Apr 2022

Medium to deep ruby colour with purple tinges. The bouquet is oaky and pungent, with some camphor and mint-eucalypt forest overtones, the palate a bit rasping and astringent when first poured, with the flavours turning to polished leather, red fruits lurking largely obscured beneath. It needs time to mellow and soften. There is richness and concentration here,

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A bottle for the cellar | 18.5/20 | Andrew Graham- Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Blend 2020

Author: Andrew Graham
Source: http://ozwinereview.com/
Date: Apr 2022

A rarity, I guess. There is just this single release from Tapanappa’s Whalebone Vineyard in 2020 as there was just 8 tonnes of grapes harvested due to crap flowering. Who’d want to be a grapegrower, eh? It’s a whole vineyard blend too, featuring 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Cab Franc. What a big and lush beast it is too with the most seductive,

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