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World-renowned AWRI being bled dry

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Date: Feb 2024

RESPECTED AUSTRALIAN WINEMAKERS BRIAN CROSER AND LOUISA ROSE SHARE THEIR VIEWS ON THE WORLD-RENOWNED AUSTRALIAN WINE RESEARCH INSTITUTE BEING BLED DRY BECAUSE OF EVER-DECREASING FUNDING.

The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) is 70 years old next year.

One of us has been admiring and utilising their work for more than 50 of those 70 years,

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THE FUTURE IS ‘FINE’

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Source: WBM – Australia’s Wine Business Magazine
Date: Jan 2024

by Brian Croser

The Australian wine industry has squandered three decades being confused about the differences between premium and non-premium wine and where the opportunities really lie. Brian Croser reports. 

Imagine the world without America and China. I don’t mean their geographic absence, rather imagine after the Australian wine industry’s 1990s growth spurt,

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Ample fruit intensity – 93 points | Huon Hooke | The Real Review – Tapanappa Eden Valley Riesling 2023

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Jan 2024

Very light lemon and lime tints. Lime curd and white flowers on the nose. Palate shows similar characters with the addition of baking pastry and a seaside minerality, adding complexity and character to the flow. Acidity works well in the background, there’s ample fruit intensity as it drives long to the dry finish.

93/100

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Vibrant and intense – 93 points | Huon Hooke | The Real Review – Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2023

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Jan 2024

Light yellow-straw colour; nougat aromas, toasted nuts and honey, the palate delicate, refined, high-acid and tangy, refreshing and bright on the tongue. A vibrant and intense, piercingly focused wine that lingers long and refreshes. The fruit is doing most of the talking. Delicious.

93/100

 » Read more about: Vibrant and intense – 93 points | Huon Hooke | The Real Review – Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2023  »

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“Filigreed tannins and a diaphanous weave of freshness and pungency”- 93 Points | Ned Goodwin MW | JamesSuckling.com – Tapanappa Foggy Hill ‘Definitus’ Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Ned Goodwin MW
Source: JamesSuckling.com
Date: Jan 2024

Sassafras, bing cherry, licorice root and orange balm. Filigreed tannins and a diaphanous weave of freshness and pungency, with a moreish core of porcini dashi. Yet the end result is a lighter weighted pinot in an Australian context. Refreshing enough, but a bit thin. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

93 Points

 » Read more about: “Filigreed tannins and a diaphanous weave of freshness and pungency”- 93 Points | Ned Goodwin MW | JamesSuckling.com – Tapanappa Foggy Hill ‘Definitus’ Pinot Noir 2021  »

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“A refined kit.”- 94 Points | Ned Goodwin MW | JamesSuckling.com – Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2022

Author: James Suckling
Source: JamesSuckling.com
Date: Jan 2024

Smoked charcuterie notes are muddled with cardamon, dill and white pepper, conferring a savory tone without straying into verdancy. Red cherry, orange zest and rhubarb. A lovely mid-weighted pinot, fleet of foot and balletic. A refined kit of sinuous tannins, crunchy acidity and the judicious use of whole bunches meld into a detailed structural lattice,

 » Read more about: “A refined kit.”- 94 Points | Ned Goodwin MW | JamesSuckling.com – Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2022  »

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“A sophisticated style”- 94 Points | Angus Hughson | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Foggy Hill ‘Definitus’ Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Angus Hughson
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Jan 2024

This expressive wine displays impressive purity of fruit with excellent volume of dark cherry, dried herbs and terracotta aromas which are still tightly coiled and building. Quite structural in style with flavours of red earth and ironstone topped by a dusting of potpourri before a finish of supreme length. It is a sophisticated style, and takes a little time to get to know,

 » Read more about: “A sophisticated style”- 94 Points | Angus Hughson | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Foggy Hill ‘Definitus’ Pinot Noir 2021  »

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“A very serious Pinot expression”- 92 Points | Angus Hughson | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2022

Author: Angus Hughson
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Jan 2024

Lovely generous aromas of berry compote, damp earth, truffle and spice are seamless intertwined with quality French oak. It then takes a more savoury turn with touches of wood smoke, freshly turned earth with spicy, stalky tones building towards a meaty finish with firm drying tannins. A very serious Pinot expression that needs time to come out of its shell but will deliver in spades.

 » Read more about: “A very serious Pinot expression”- 92 Points | Angus Hughson | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2022  »

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Gold Medal | Global Fine Wine Challenge 2023 – Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2022

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Source: Global Fine Wine Challenge
Date: Dec 2023

Silver Medal | The Global Chardonnay Masters 2023 – Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2022

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Source: The Drink Business
Date: Dec 2023

Gold Medal | The Global Chardonnay Masters 2023 – Tiers 1.5m Vineyard Chardonnay 2022

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Source: The Drink Business
Date: Dec 2023

Length, balance and flow all have an air of assurance. – 93+ points | Campbell Mattinson | The Wine Front – Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2023

Author: Campbell Mattinson
Source: The Wine Front
Date: Dec 2023

I had to double-check the vintage on this wine but it’s definitely a 2023 in 2023. Not that there’s anything greatly unusual about that.

Pear, lemon, a little flint, and sprays of hay and sawdust. Pure of fruit and integrated of oak. It tastes as young as it is; it’s not raw, but it’s really just building itself into an adult wine.

 » Read more about: Length, balance and flow all have an air of assurance. – 93+ points | Campbell Mattinson | The Wine Front – Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2023  »

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Impressive all round balance with some good aging potential – 93 points | Angus Hushson | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2018

Author: Angus Hughson
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Nov 2023

This more generous vintage of Tapanappa Shiraz from 2018 delivers layers of dark cherry, fennel seed and cocoa aromas with fine oak well integrated. There is an excellent mix of power and subtlety to follow, flavours of fruit pastille and olive tapenade with juicy acidity building towards a savoury, spicy finish. Impressive all round balance with some good aging potential.

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Compact and understated – 91 points | Angus Hushson | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2017

Author: Angus Hughson
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Nov 2023

This controlled and well pitched Adelaide Hills Shiraz delivers ample blackberry, mulberry and liquorice aromas with a strong undercurrent of clove and allspice complexity. Compact and understated, it’s quite seamless now, the spicy aged complexity rising up in a plush package with tarry, smoky elements to finish. At peak but will drink well for a while longer.

 » Read more about: Compact and understated – 91 points | Angus Hushson | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2017  »

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“Builds effortlessly to a sustained long finish.”- 95 Points | Ray Jordan | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2022

Author: Ray Jordan
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Nov 2023

This vineyard was planted on the Fleurieu Peninsula by Brian Croser 20 years ago and it quickly established a reputation for high class Pinot Noir. The 2022 was the outcome of a low cropping, cool vintage, which is reflected in a wine that combines elegance and underlying power. Love the chalky charry characters on the nose with a little lift of spice.

 » Read more about: “Builds effortlessly to a sustained long finish.”- 95 Points | Ray Jordan | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2022  »

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“Light bodied yet powerful and intense with excellent concentration”- 96 Points | Ray Jordan | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa ‘Definitus’ Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Ray Jordan
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Nov 2023

This patch of Dijon clones sits in shallow soils on an ironstone ridge that generally means lower crops and earlier ripening. A combination of chalky limestone with an ever so slightly ferruginous character seems to come straight from the soils of this excellent vineyard. It is light bodied yet powerful and intense with excellent concentration of sweet and sour fruit.

 » Read more about: “Light bodied yet powerful and intense with excellent concentration”- 96 Points | Ray Jordan | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa ‘Definitus’ Pinot Noir 2021  »

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Almost painfully intense and mouth-watering | 97 points | James Halliday’s Top 100 – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay 2022

Author: James Halliday
Source: James Halliday's Top 100
Date: Nov 2023

From a small area planted 1979, then replanted with Dijon clones on a very close 1.5m spacing, the fruiting wire only 50cm above ground level. The yellow grapefruit is almost painfully intense and mouth-watering, the finish hypnotic.

Drink to 2042

97 Points

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“An utterly gorgeous Pinot with an exciting future.”- 95 Points | Ken Gargett | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa ‘Definitus’ Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Ken Gargett
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Nov 2023

Brian Croser’s flagship Pinot Noir, comes from just ten 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 (who among us can’t see Hermoine waving her wand and yelling ‘Definitus’, though who knows what the result would be),

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“Early complexity, which should only increase over time.”- 94 Points | Ken Gargett | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2022

Author: Ken Gargett
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Nov 2023

Brian Croser is one of Australia’s most innovative and legendary winemakers, a reputation forged over decades. At the Foggy Hill Vineyard on the Fleurieu Peninsula, he has turned his hand to Pinot Noir. This example is from the fine 2022 vintage. The wine spent time in French oak barriques, 30% of which were new.

A pale crimson hue.

 » Read more about: “Early complexity, which should only increase over time.”- 94 Points | Ken Gargett | Wine Pilot – Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2022  »

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“With layers of fine tannin and a great sense of restrained power.” | Max Allen | Australian Financial Review – Tapanappa Definitus Pinot Noir 2021

Author: Max Allen
Source: Australian Financial Review
Date: Nov 2023

A quite different beast to the ’22 pinot noir: more subtle, refined fragrance, less fruity, more structural, with layers of fine tannin and a great sense of restrained power.

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“A joy to drink now but will drink well and develop for a decade at least.”| Max Allen | Australian Financial Review – Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2022

Author: Max Allen
Source: Australian Financial Review
Date: Nov 2023

Like the chardonnay, this deceptively fresh, juicy and youthful pinot is a joy to drink now – all snappy cherry fruit – but will drink well and develop for a decade at least.

 » Read more about: “A joy to drink now but will drink well and develop for a decade at least.”| Max Allen | Australian Financial Review – Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2022  »

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Scintillating chardonnay, so pure, fresh and intense | Max Allen | Australia Financial Review- Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2022

Author: Max Allen
Source: Australia Financial Review
Date: Nov 2023

Scintillating chardonnay, so pure, fresh and intense, with crystalline focus and thrilling presence. Ravishing now, in its youth, but will mature beautifully over many years.

 » Read more about: Scintillating chardonnay, so pure, fresh and intense | Max Allen | Australia Financial Review- Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2022  »

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“Precise fruit and acidity” | 17 points | Jancis Robinson – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

Author: Jancis Robinson
Source: Jancisrobinson.com
Date: Nov 2023

Mealy nose and fine, precise fruit and acidity – just the right side of austerity! Needs time. But is impressively long.

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“Though bold, it’s very elegant, well balanced and finishes clean.” – WineWorthWritingAbout | 2017 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

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Source: WineWorthWritingAbout
Date: Nov 2023

Dark, impenetrable ruby and purple with a complex and savoury edged nose of violets, cassis, grilled cherry and plum, dried oregano, hints of mint tea, fig leaf, roasted meat, cedar, tobacco, graphite and a lift of sumac. Lots going on!
In the mouth it’s compact and drives with intensity and power. Black cherry, red licorice,

 » Read more about: “Though bold, it’s very elegant, well balanced and finishes clean.” – WineWorthWritingAbout | 2017 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc  »

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