The Tapanappa Pinot  from Fleurieu is outstanding.
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Much more enjoyable than the last time I tasted it (big bowled Riedels help) this is definitely not a Burgundian Pinot, yet it's still a stylish wine. Sour cherry and rhubarb on a stalky, rather masculine and brawny nose. It's missing some intensity on the middle palate which is not surprising given it's only the second crop, finished off with well integrated acidity.
Should be even more impressive given further vine age. 17.3/91+
Good hue; a very intense pinot, with red and black fruits, the latter predominant, interlaced with fine but markedly savoury tannins. Needs at least three years. Cork.
sweet red cherry nose with 5 spice which flavours follow through on the palate. A touch muddy, despite quite present tannins ? perhaps young (4 year old) vines yet to find their voice?
Brian Croser is the man who founded pioneering winery, Petaluma, the first in the Adelaide Hills. He is known as Australia's original ?terroirist? for his unrelenting pursuit of his countryman, Dr AC Kelly's vision of 1867 that ?in the great diversity of soil and climate to be found in Australia, there is little doubt that every variety cultivated in Europe would somewhere find a suitable location.?
Velvety and rich, no heavy hut intcnse, with cherry, spice and wet earth aromas and flavors, with a distinct mineraliry on the finish that doesn?t quit. The length is impressive. Drink now through 2015. 630 cases made.?H.S.
A powerfully built pinot belying the young age of the vines: dark colour, vanilla and toasty oak aromas over dark fruits; the palate is full bodied and tight with ample tannins and plenty of concentration. Impressive stuff. Needs time. 1-7+ years.
Velvety and rich, not heavy but intense, with cherry, spice and wet earth aromas and flavors, with a distinct minerality on the finish that doesn?t quit. The length is impressive. Drink now through 2015. 91 points.
Pinot noir at it's purest and most seductive, with plum and cherry aromas, a hint of oriental spice, the silkiest of textures and an underpinning of delicate acidity and supple tannins. Brian Croser says that the next vintage of this wine, the 2008, is the most exciting that his 41 years of being a vigneron have produced. Can?t wait.
A bit of background: Tapanappa is a partnership of Brian Croser, who founded Petaluma, with Champagne Bollinger and the Cazes family of Château Lynch-Bages. The other wines, equally recommended, are Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz and Whalebone Merlot (both around £30-£36). I?ve held back on my Tapanappa recommendations because they don?t look very recession-friendly, but they would be a great way to celebrate at home instead of going out and would make ideal presents for wine lovers (thanks, my birthday is in January, but Christmas will do).
Interesting wine this - it tastes distinctly different to most Australian Pinot.
There's plenty of sweet spicy oak on opening (it subsides) and then come red fruits with some dark cherry. Medium bodied, fresh and firm with particularly attractive kitten tongue tannins. There's some alcohol warmth too, although it's not distracting, and a firmer sappy undercurrent underwriting its serious structure and nature. At the moment it looks somewhat disjointed - but I'm guessing it will pull itself together pretty well. Clearly a promising site for Pinot Noir.
Rated : 91+ Points
Drink : 2011 - 2017