Brian Croser is one of Australia's most influential winemakers, and he has invested heart and soul into this vineyard on SA's Fleurieu Peninsula. This is the third vintage from what Croser has deemed a "distinguished site" and it's regarded as the best yet: smooth, subtly earthy and with great depth. Forget the shaving gear and get a bottle of this for Father's Day. Only 1,200 cases were made, so don't much about.
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Foggy Hill Vineyard Latest Reviews
Brian Croser chose one of the coolest, dampest spots on the Fleurieu Peninsula to plant pinot noir vines after identifying Foggy Hill as a "distinquished site." The veteran winemaker's faith has been rewarded with delightful 2009; ethereal aromas are followed up by a medium-bodied, dry and subtle wine on the palate with hints of both stalks and earthiness. A savoury, beautifully structured wine that opened up over the 48 hours after the cork had been pulled. What a pity it is under cork, though.
The 2008 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir has been named in Robert Geddes MW's Top 100 Wines, in the latest edition of his Australian Wine Vintages (aka the gold book).
Well I suppose if you have to have one you might as well have a good one: lovely cork.
Creamy caramel tinged oak and a mix of cherry, plum and raspberry fruit with a slight rosy fragrance. Mid-weight with a pleasing sense of dryness and a subtle minerality that's often not found in local Pinot. Silky smooth tannin rides with a sidecar of subtle stalkiness. Good length of flavour. Perhaps some young vine dilution, but the overall feel and impression is positive. Took a couple of days to open up and flesh out. Best release to date I?d say.
Rated : 93 Points
Tapanappa is a South Australian-based consortium comprising the legendary Australian winemaker Brian Croser of Petaluma fame and two French partners, including Champagne Bolinger. From the specialy selected Foggy Hil vineyard on the Fleurieu Peninsula, this is perfectly poised pinot with perfumed notes on the nose, sweetish chery and berry fruit flavours, spice and earthy characters, lovely oak and silky tannins. Drink with roast quail.
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.
14% alc. Rating 94 Drink 2015 $50 Date Tasted Jul 09
I've banged on before about the quality of the Tapanappa range, particularly the Tiers Chardonnay, and I recently had the opportunity to put this quality to the test, with Brian Croser putting on a masterclass that pitted the Tapanappa wines against some established French and Australian benchmarks.
Typically, the benchmarks chosen were all very high quality, but also purposefully picked to highlight the positive aspects of the Tapanappa range (Croser at his craftiest). Regardless, the Tapanappa range acquitted themselves well, especially the soon to be released 2009 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot.