From the Fleurieu Peninsula, this is the most savoury and dense of the trio, loaded with aromas of forest floor and smoky fire embers with rhubarb and dark cherry fruit freshened up by a tart, cranberry-like acidity.
Foggy Hill Vineyard Latest Reviews
John Fordham compiled his top 100 wines to coincide with Highlife magazine's 100th issue, and Tapanappa managed to sneak not one, but two onto the list.
Both in ther under $60 category, the 2010 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir and the 2007 Wrattonbully Cabernet Shiraz made the cut.
“Just love winemaker Brian Croser and here is yet another winner from him. Best Aussie pinot I have tasted for a long while, worth the extra dollars.”
“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.”
Quite fascinating to watch the relatively young Foggy Hill Vineyard reveal its identity via Pinot Noir. There’s already a distinct flavour profile and it’s no shrinking violet. Despite that I reckon it does taste varietal and it is one of the very few South Australian takes on the grape that I enjoy drinking.
There’s plenty of sweet fruit stuffing. Blackberries over the red-toned sort; raspberry, strawberry jam and the like. Quite a kick of oak from 10 months in barriques. Some earthiness, leaf, mint and rhubarb. No shortage of complexity. Plenty of structure too with acid and graphite tannin laying out the flavours. Showed at its best on day three of tasting and will clearly benefit from time in the bottle. 92+
Strong, clear and deep colour; a thoroughly serious pinot noir, with a fragrant bouquet followed by a black cherry and plum palate with excellent texture and structure; tannins and oak are woven through the mid-palate and into the finish. Will repay cellaring.
Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 Piccadilly Valley
"Smoky nose. [...] Still quite youthful but you can see where it is headed. Pretty chewy for the moment but nice savour. Really succulent."
Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Fleurieu Peninsula
"Quite a rich array of aromas on the nose – not a burgundy copy but something very interesting and valid. Dry finish. A hint of iron filings on the finish but it really goes on in the mouth. Well done!"
Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2008 Wrattonbully
The following reviews are taken from an article written by Andrew Graham on a comparative tasting of Tapanappa's Chardonnay's amd Pinot Noir's alongside Domaine Chanson's Burgundy offerings.
Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2010
Top Burgundian vineyard dirt Sourced from the younger, close-planted vines in the Tiers vineyard. A warmer season in 2010. Fermented in barrique and spends 10 months in oak. 12.8% alc. pH 3.04
A seamless, satiny ride through the palate with a peppery, leafy herb inflection sitting high. Elegant feel with savoury tannin profile, muted oak and dry stalkiness chiming in. Complexity and finesse. Great expression fo Foggy Hill in 2010