The establishment of Tapanappa could be the most exciting thing to ever happen to South Australian pinot noir. After following up his first vintage (2007) with a much improved wine from 2008 (94pts), Brian Croser has set the bar even higher with his best release yet from 2009. The future for Tapanappa's young Foggy Hill vineyard looks very bright indeed.
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2009 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
Serious and sensual with the poise of a cool maritime climate where the fog rolls in off the Great Southern Ocean.
Aromatics of fresh plucked roses and leafy floral sprays. Black cherry, aniseed, mocha and sandalwood with silken texture and thrilling tension.
match with coffee roasted duck or pork.
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.
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.