Sunday 1st of December “Piccadilly Pick-a-Dozen
10am - 1pm, Tapanappa Winery. Load up the car with wine for the festive season!
Taste and buy wines from Terre a Terre /DAOSA, Tapanappa, CRFT, Barratt Wines and Greenhill WInes.
Sausage sizzle, coffee, cherries and flower stall!

Foggy Hill Vineyard Latest Reviews

Worth Collecting - Tapanappa 2007 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

Author: 
Windsor Dobbin
Source: 
Travel & Living Issue 37
Review Date: 
January 2009

The first release from the experimental Foggy Hill vineyard. Very varietal and proudly unfiltered, it's made from grapes from a vineyard that is at the highest point of the Fleurieu Peninsula. It's idiosyncratic and superb.

Drink with barbecued duck.

Seasonal sipping

Author: 
David Sly
Source: 
SA Life
Review Date: 
December 2008

I'd serve a discreet, flavour driven pinot with the roast turkey - and this handsome wine from Foggy Hill vineyard on Brian Croser's southern Fleurieu property is startling for the depth of flavour from only five-year-old vines. The Tapanappa winery partnership between the Crosers and the Bollinger and Cazes families of France continues to focus on premium quality and precision in its flavour profiles. This has an intensity and complexity that is unexpected from such young vines, and from their first vintage committed to bottling: lush cherry, savoury tannins and earth minerality, with great palate length amplified by a generous seam of natural acid that keeps the fruit flavours bright and vibrant. It's only available in small volume (850 cases) but worth hunting down.

Hidden Gems: We highlight six new sensational wineries

Author: 
Windsor Dobbin
Source: 
Luxury Travel & Style
Review Date: 
Spring 2008

Former Petaluma chief winemaker Brian Croser has linked with the family that owns Bollinger Champagnes, and the Cazes family of Bordeaux, to produce site-specific Tapanappa wines of the highest quality. They come from the Whalebone vineyard in Wrattonbully, Croser's family vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, and a new vineyard on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The new-release 2007 Tiers Chardonnay ($75), and 2007 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir ($50), are both world-class wines, www.tapanappawines.com.au.

pinot envy - Tapanappa, Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2007

Author: 
Susanna Forbes
Source: 
imbibe
Review Date: 
Sept / Oct 2008

Staying true to form, the Franco-Aussie partnership started by Australian pioneer, Brian Croser, has produced a wine with great potential. It had the panel salivation; veal, grilled beef with truffles and bresaola were a few of the suggestions.

'With an intense nose of dried strawberries, this has a good refreshing flavour, but needs time.' RJ

'An interesting, evolving nose. this is beautifully balanced and well-rounded. Excellent length.' KC

'I was expecting top quality, well-made, individual wines. Australia has an interventionalist style which let the side down, although Tapanappa Foggy Hill was a breath of fresh air and very individual in approach' Kyri Christodoulou, The East Room.

Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Fleurieu Peninsula Pinot Noir 2007

Author: 
Chris Shanahan
Source: 
Canberra Times
Review Date: 
15th of June 2008

Brian Croser's first wine from a vineyard planted in 2003 on a cold, foggy 350-metre peak of the Fleurieu Peninsula. This is promising pinot from one of Australia's most significant wine figures. But Brian, could we please have another few months in barrel next vintage?

Off the shelf

Author: 
Judy Sarris
Source: 
Gourmet Traveller WINE
Review Date: 
August 2008

2007 Tapanappa Pinot Noir, Fleurieu Peninsula

Nearly all you need to know about this wine is printed on the back and front labels of the bottle; for example, the fruit hails from the Foggy Hill vineyard situated at Parawa, the highest point of the peninsula. How about that the Bernard clones of pinot noir are densely planted in a vineyard littered with 67-million-year-old ironstone and produce a meagre crop of 5 tonnes per hectare. Or that only 850 cases of the wine were made. The most important part is what's inside the bottle. This is magnificent pinot noir made by Brian Croser, who describes his wine (yes, on the label) as "a pure expression of a unique Australian terroir".

2007 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

Author: 
Max Allen
Source: 
Gourmet Traveller
Review Date: 
August 2008

The first vintage from Brian Croser's pioneering, close-planted pinot noir vineyard on the Fleurieu's southern tip is a stunner: elegant cherry and undergrowth flavours, and fine, powdery tannins. Ageworth, too.

Drink with quail.

2007 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Fleurieu Peninsula Pinot Noir

Author: 
Lester Jesberg
Source: 
Winewise
Review Date: 
Vol. 24 No. 2 - June 2008

That's right - a pinot from Fleurieu. Mind you, the vineyard sits at 350 metres above sea level and cops a lot of fog. Given the head start that the cool Victorian regions, Tasmania and the Adelaide Hills have with pinot noir, this wine is the product of a daring business decision. The 2007 isn't bad, either. The nose is definitely varietal, but there's a plummy ripeness to it that's fairly plain. The palate is more impressive - structured and earth - but it trails off slightly. We'll watch this site with great interest as the vines age.

Tapanappa Fleurieu Peninsula Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2007

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson
Source: 
The Wine Front
Review Date: 
25th of June 2008

I must admit, I was sceptical. A $45 pinot noir from the Fleurieu Peninsula - it sounds absurd. OK, so industry leader Brian Croser is behind it and he's unlikely to engage in folly. But all things considered - well, I certainly wasn't expecting what the bottle delivered. This is an interesting wine. It's light in colour and rather light in flavour too, its appearance murky - as good pinot noir often is. In the glass it takes a while to come around, its flavours building as it sits and breathes. It's then a tannic, chalky, charismatic wine, its ripples of sap, stalk, dark cherry and eucalypt kissed neatly by integrated cedary oak. It lacks the finish to demand high points - but given four or five years in the bottle, it may well develop in that area too. I wouldn't put anything past this wine - it seems to have a fair whack of goodies tucked up its sleeve. Drink: 2012-2017. 92 points.

A Foggy idea

Author: 
Tony Harper
Source: 
Brisbane News
Review Date: 
July 2-8 2008

If you need a reason to try Brian Croser's pinot noirs, big name partners Bollinger and Cazes might be a good place to start.

Brian Croser recently breezed through town and for wine nerds like me it's a little like Elvis pulling in at Gambaro's for some fish and chips. He came here with a purpose, and that was to show the latest range of Tapanappa wines ? this the third release, which just happens to carry a slightly fatter portfolio than the

preceding couple.

The big news is the inaugural release of the Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir (2007, $50). First James Halliday and then Max Allen have talked it up, and whenever a pinot noir from anywhere outside Victoria or Burgundy is given the

nod by Melburnians the earth stops turning for a moment. And for a South Australian pinot, well, I'm still chuckling weeks later.

But the Tapanappa is worth all the attention, for three different reasons. Firstly, is the last commercially released pinot from Brian Croser ? the 1989 Petaluma Tiers ? which was less exciting than we had hoped. It has taken him nearly 20 years to

release the next one, but he definitely got it right.

Secondly, it is Tapanappa, which means it has had the Croser intellect focused on its provenance, its production and its release, as well as the assets of the other Tapanappa partners ? Champagne Bollinger and the Cazes family from Bordeaux.

I can?t imagine that there will be a weak wine allowed to penetrate that particular armory.

But most importantly, it is not just a fabulous pinot (and it is, with whiffs of new oak, and a lift of ripe strawberry and floral fruit; but most importantly of all it has a fabulous, prominent tannin), but it is a whole new benchmark for South Australian pinot noir in both style and quality.

Alongside the Foggy Vineyard Pinot are some new vintages of the rest of the Tapanappa stable: 2007 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay ($75), 2005 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot (sold out) and 2005 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz ($75).

The chardonnay fruit comes from the top section of the Tiers Vineyard, which has thinner, rockier soils and yields finer, leaner wine. The 2007 is built on a restrained, tightly wound base of fruit. Then it is overlaid with gently spicy oak, and mealy, porridge characters. It is seriously good chardonnay.

The merlot I think is the best wine in the Tapanappa stable. If you think that merlot by nature is soft, fruity and fleshy, think again. The serious merlots of the world ? of which, this is one ? have spines of tannin and weighty fruit that give them both stature and the ability to age.

The 2005 Cabernet Shiraz from the Whalebone Vineyard could be considered the flagship of the Tapanappa range and this third release is the best so far. It's a

powerhouse with a pretty edge ? an expressive wine, with a firm, solid structure, and lashings of fruit.

It will be interesting to watch the following releases of the Foggy Hill pinot as the vines gain maturity. But it's been fun to watch this first release in terms of our perceptions of South Australian pinot noir, how it should taste, and where it is best grown.

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