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2020 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5M chardonnay

Author: Campbell Mattinson
Source: The Wine Front
Date: Jun 2021

A beautiful piece of wine machinery. Precision is everything here. That, and purity. Nectarine, lemon curd, flint, cream and cedar characters. It’s pure, focused and long; it’s scintillating. Drink this now and it’s spectacular but its best days remain ahead.

95 points

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2020 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5M chardonnay

Author: Ray Jordan
Source: Western Australia
Date: Jun 2021

This vineyard was close planted along French lines with French clones and it really does have an impact on the wine. The extended time on full lees until February 2021 had also played a part in building palate texture and complexity. Notes of nougat and cashew with a creamy light butterscotch and peachy nectarine character are so engaging.

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“A pretty impressive wine” – 2019 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Author: Campbell Mattinson
Source: The Wine Front
Date: May 2021

It’s a firm, fragrant, spice-riddled pinot noir with blueberry and macerated cherry notes shot through with aromatic herb notes. In fact it’s quite earthen, almost beetroot-like, with a sweetness to the finish in the context of its dry/earthen style. This is a pretty impressive wine it has to be said. Different in its Australian context.

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2018 Foggy Hill Vineyard “DEFINITUS” Pinot Noir

Author: Campbell Mattinson
Source: The Wine Front
Date: May 2021

There are four hectares of pinot noir growing on the Foggy Hill vineyard; this is from a one-hectare strip. It’s planted at a density of 4444 vines/hectare, using clones 115 and 777, all planted on rootstock.

Firm, ripe and convincing. Cedarwood oak shows keenly but fruit-derived flavours are yet myriad. Dry tobacco, garden herbs,

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“A lavish wine” – 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: Mike Bennie
Source: The Wine Front
Date: May 2021

Lots going on here. Huge perfume of ripe plum, sage, violets, pot pourri, cedar. The palate is plush, jubey, lush, soft, lots of ripe fruit, a lick of minty green herbs, some rose hip tea and a late wash of feathery tannins and malt. Bold mouthful, lots of excitement, plenty of grunt and yet balance and class.

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“Wrattonbully the hero here”- 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Mike Bennie
Source: The Wine Front
Date: May 2021

Seaspray, seaweed scents, a dusting of clove, cassis, some eucalyptus too. Evocative perfume. Dark fruit flavours, more of the salty, seaweed thing to taste, some saltbush greenery too, chewy, clove-y oak laid on with late coming tannins building to a nice chew. Good concentration, flow, suppleness, though a bit dry and tangy on the finish.

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“A quiet achiever, needs time or cellaring” – 2019 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Author: Stuart Robinson
Source: The Vinsomniac
Date: May 2021

Sour cherry and dark fruit profile, touch more of the savoury – almost hedgerow, stem like – than I necessarily recall. For that depth of aromatics, it carries a lightness to itself; silken in its flow across the palate and not sacrificing length nor depth of flavour. 

Tannin is exemplary: both fine and minerally.

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“Classy Wine” – 2019 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Author: Andrew Graham
Source: Australian Wine Review
Date: May 2021

Brian Croser’s Fleurieu Peninsula Pinot has evolved quite a bit over its existence, the style reaching for more delicacy every vintage. It doesn’t always get there, but the trade-off is a wine with no shortage of power. It’s easy to overlook the subtlety with this 2019 vintage release too. The nose has a distinct Pinosity complete with a little leaf litter and loads of almost glace red fruit.

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2018 Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: Tim White
Source: Tim White
Date: May 2021

Somewhat puckered peach—skin, flesh, kernel—and a sniff off that often elusive match-strike that many a Chardonnay-lover desires. There’s a wheaty, grainy edge to it also. Has a bracing, briny breeze on a beach-type thing about it, and it’s loaded with yellow stone fruit, fuzzy-skin sweetness. Iced-cracked kernel; dense and mouth-sucking. It’s almost gone and there will be no ’19 (although there is a Tiers and Tiers 1.5m).

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2020 Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: Jeni Port
Source: Captain Wine Pilot
Date: May 2021

Tapanappa founder/winemaker, Brian Croser, calls the 2020 vintage “unique.” Despite COVID, bushfires and a severe frost in his beloved Tiers Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, he uses the word in an upbeat way. Flowering and fruit set in the vines were affected by cold weather. That means a small crop. That’s a tick for potential quality.

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2020 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5M chardonnay

Author: Jeni Port
Source: Captain Wine Pilot
Date: May 2021

This wine hails from the celebrated Tiers Vineyard, but there are subtle differences at play which imbues it with a different personality to the Tiers flagship wine.

• It’s younger in vine age, planted 2003.
• It’s planted to French Bernard clones and is earlier ripening.
• It’s close-planted, hence the reference to 1.5M (1.5 metre spacing).

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2020 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: Jeni Port
Source: Captain Wine Pilot
Date: May 2021

If chardonnay is indeed making a comeback, it’s through wines like these where much of the excitement dwells. The trio of Tapanappa Adelaide Hills chardonnays are about cool climate viticulture, attention to detail and commitment to a style that is very much about projecting the quality of the fruit in any given vintage. The Tiers is the high point in the chardonnay collection,

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2020 Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: May 2021

“It’s young and will be even better next year” – 2020 Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Light yellow colour. The nose is reductive, smoky matchstick, a kiss of oak too, in balance. Small flowers, quite lovely fruit-driven aromas. The palate is soft and round and refined, tapering a bit towards the back. The acid is a trifle firm,

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2020 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: May 2021

“Potential Plus” – 2020 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Light straw colour. Cashew nut, straw, biscuit and creamy lees aromas, restrained and fresh and delicate, but extremely intense and concentrated on the middle palate. The acidity is searing, a trifle domineering perhaps, but will easily be absorbed by any food. Long, long persistence. Potential plus.

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South Australia 2021 – near perfect

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: May 2021

Brian Croser reports on the 2021 vintage, which he describes as ‘perfection in a sea of uncertainty’.

In South Australia we have just completed one of the very best vintages of my 51-vintage career.

Against a background of global social tumult, roiling sickness and death in India and other developing nations,

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2018 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard DEFINITUS Pinot Noir

Author: Angus Hughson
Source: Captain Wine Pilot
Date: May 2021

For Foggy Hill the 2018 Definitus is quite open for business at a young age, no doubt thanks to the warm and dry vintage. Bright mid cherry in colour, there is a powerful core of dark and red cherry fruits with distinctly spicy, herbal and slightly meaty complexity, plus French oak also playing its part.

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2019 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Author: Andrew Graham
Source: Oz Wine Review
Date: May 2021

Brian Croser’s Fleurieu Peninsula Pinot has evolved quite a bit over its existence, the style reaching for more delicacy every vintage. It doesn’t always get there, but the trade-off is a wine with no shortage of power. It’s easy to overlook the subtlety with this 2019 vintage release too. The nose has a distinct Pinosity complete with a little leaf litter and loads of almost glace red fruit.

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2017 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: May 2021

Light straw colour. Cashew nut, straw, biscuit and creamy lees aromas, restrained and fresh and delicate, but extremely intense and concentrated on the middle palate. The acidity is searing, a trifle domineering perhaps, but will easily be absorbed by any food. Long, long persistence. Potential plus. 07 APR 2021
2021–2032

95 points

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“South Australia’s top-scoring white wines: 20 to try” – 2018 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: Olivia Mason
Source: Decanter
Date: Apr 2021

With Spring approaching this 20 March, white wines may begin to take an edge this time of year. Whether looking for crisp and refreshing styles or complex and full bodied, South Australia’s top-scoring white wines from the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards seem to encompass it all…

2018 Tapanappa, Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay, Piccadilly Valley (Adelaide Hills)
Rich and smoky on the nose,

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“It’s a big youthful wine that will certainly reward with time and age” – 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Apr 2021

Deep red colour with a trace of purple and the bouquet has a gun-smoky, black olive, roasted-fruit bouquet, the palate full-bodied and chewy with assertive, slightly bitter tannins that leave a hefty chew on the aftertaste. A quite heavy, thick-textured red that deserves time and really needs some ageing. Big extraction, bulky and lacking elegance.

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“South Australia’s top-scoring white wines: 20 to try” – 2018 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: Olivia Mason
Source: Decanter
Date: Apr 2021

With Spring approaching this 20 March, white wines may begin to take an edge this time of year. Whether looking for crisp and refreshing styles or complex and full bodied, South Australia’s top-scoring white wines from the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards seem to encompass it all…

2018 Tapanappa, Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay, Piccadilly Valley (Adelaide Hills)
Rich and smoky on the nose,

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“Righteous stuff. All class” – 2016 Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: Mike Bennie
Source: Wine Business Magazine
Date: Apr 2021

All class. Layers to bouquet and palate, inward concentration, exceptional length and fine tuned oak/lees work implicit. It offers nectarine to marzipan and cinnamon spice. The palate shows richness but freshness of acidity with a core of flint-like minerality. Righteous stuff.
94 points

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2017 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Apr 2021

Deep red colour with a trace of purple and the bouquet has a gun-smoky, black olive, roasted-fruit bouquet, the palate full-bodied and chewy with assertive, slightly bitter tannins that leave a hefty chew on the aftertaste. A quite heavy, thick-textured red that deserves time and really needs some ageing. Big extraction, bulky and lacking elegance. It’s very ripe and savoury: a long way removed from simple fruit. 23 MAR 2021
2023–2037

92 points

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A pure expression of the unique Whalebone Vineyard terroir – 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Mar 2021

Medium to deep red colour with a trace of purple and a mossy, undergrowth bouquet with traces of humus and cabernet raspberry-mint, more savoury than fruity. The wine is very dry and savoury in the mouth, finishing with firm tannins and a palate-cleansing trace of bitterness. It perhaps lacks a little in freshness but has undoubted depth of flavour,

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