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Foggy Hill Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir Latest Reviews

“All it needs is time” - 2012 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

Andrew Graham
Australian Wine Review
Review Date: 
18th August 2014

All it needs is time...
Once the surprisingly sweet toasty oak integrates here this is going to be superb. It's easily the biggest boned Tapa Pinot yet, but that weight and volume enhances the appeal. The flesh and swagger underneath suggests plenty of greatness to come. 18/20, 93/100++

“as well balanced and focused as it is long” - 2012 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

James Halliday
Australian Wine Companion 2015
Review Date: 
July 2013

Arguably the best Tapanappa Pinot Noir to date. The bouquet is complex, with a light touch of oak. The fruit takes in both berries and plums, and the silky palate is as well balanced and focused as it is long.
Rating: 95
Drink By: 2019

Jancis on Tapanappa

Jancis Robinson
Review Date: 
5th of May 2014

A trio of reviews from Jancis Robinson

Tapanappa, Whalebone Vineyard 2009 Wrattonbully, 16.5+

“Mid blackish ruby. Firm and meaty on the nose. Actually it does not taste dominated by Cabernet. Subtle and appetising. Still with tannins in evidence but very fine textured and warming but certainly not hot on the finish. Cries out for food. Clearly made with minimal additions. Long and vibrant. Still quite young and earthy.”

Tapanappa, Whalebone Vineyard Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2009 Wrattonbully, 17

“Bright ruby red. Subtle, savoury, earthy notes. Really very restrained for an Australian red! Perhaps the slightest of minty hints? Very cool, sophisticated, dry finish. Super-appetising and quite youthful. Some palates may even criticise it for being too light. Lots more still to come. Hint of tarmacadam on the finish.”

“the real deal” - 2012 Foggy Hill Pinot

Wine Anorak
Jamie Goode
Review Date: 
18th April 2014

I have been quite a fan of Brian Croser’s Tapanappa wines, since being introduced to them when I visited him back in 2005. Making fine wine is a long-term project, especially when you are planting new vineyards. It takes the best part of a generation for most to really believe in a new project, in part because most reviewers and authorities are reluctant to take a strong position on a new wine, and tend to give the established classics the benefit of the doubt, even when they don’t deserve this.

“a lot of gravitas” - 2012 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir - 95 points

Gourmet Traveller WINE
Review Date: 
29th of January 2014

This pinot noir has a lot of gravitas with a deep colour and spicy bouquet. It’s slightly oak dominant at first with black cherry emerging in time. It’s dense and persistent with satisfying flavour, backed by a spine of tannins.

95 points / 5 stars

“promise turns to excitement” - 2012 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

Chris Shanahan
Canberra Times
Review Date: 
27th of November 2013

In 2003 Brian Croser planted three Dijon clones of pinot noir at about 350 metres altitude on the southern Fleurieu Peninsula. Elevation and proximity to the cold Southern Ocean give Croser’s Foggy Hill site a unique microclimate, dramatically cooler than the nearby shiraz country of McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek – sufficiently so to give Croser great confidence in pinot noir. The vineyard’s pinots showed promise from the first vintage in 2007. But in the warm 2012 season, promise turns to excitement, with a slightly deeper, riper style than I’ve tasted in previous years. The underlying varietal flavour leans towards darker fruits like plum and cherry. This is overlaid with a subtly stalky touch, derived from the stems of whole-bunches, and the intriguing earthy–savoury notes of good pinot.

“Foggy Hill wines can be wily beasts”

Gary Walsh
The Wine Front
Review Date: 
28th of August 2013

“Pretty strict and sappy, with peppery stalky bits, raspberry verging on framboise (liqueur), mint chocolate and cedar. Light to medium bodied, strawberry and raspberry, clarity of acidity is attractive and shape is excellent. Stalky notes on the nose are a bit strong, it seemed, but given time in the glass, more and more pinosity came through and the stalk receded. Minor amount of warmth showing. Needs time in the bottle and perhaps a bigger finish, but the potential is there. I’ve learnt over the years that these Foggy Hill wines can be wily beasts. Let’s see.”

92+ Points