It presents a very youthful expression of bright red cherry notes with savoury accents and definitive spice, fresh cedar/vanilla oak also plays a part. The palate announces itself with a beautifully silken, sensuous texture, the likes of which I've almost never encountered in South Aussie pinot before. It has exceptional depth of flavour for its young vine age, with its youthful deliciousness finishing fine, long, tight and well structured, with fine tannins and a lingering spice. It might not be the best pinot noir ever, but the potential of this vineyard now has me extremely excited (so excited I rushed to the Ed on the way home to grab a bottle, which I'll review later tonight with Casey - full review published tomorrow). 94
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Foggy Hill Vineyard 2008 Pinot Noir Latest Reviews
Last week my bloodstream was replaced by a stream of 2008 burgundy in my veins. (We are just about to publish more than 1,350 tasting notes on this intriguing vintage, the result of intensive tasting during a week in Burgundy in November and the last two weeks in London.)
I tried to have minimal commitments in the evenings between the 27 burgundy tastings that took place around London - although Alan Bennett's play The Habit of Art at the National Theatre proved a fine distraction on Thursday and last Monday evening, relatively unusually, I played the part of 'my companion? as Nick reviewed a restaurant.
On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings last week, however, we had a quiet, restorative supper at home and, believe it or not, I felt like a glass of wine. For interest's sake I opened a bottle of a quite different 2008 Pinot Noir. To my surprise, Tapanappa, Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Fleurieu Peninsula from a brand new southern extremity of South Australia proved a delicious punctuation to a fortnight of tasting burgundy and more than held its own. It had both fruit and freshness but is far from simple. In fact I compared it with a famous Kiwi Pinot from my cellar, Dry River Pinot Noir 2001 Martinborough, and found it very much more elegant, refreshing and nuanced. (This is not meant as a trans-Tasman generalisation, by the way.)
Clones are Burgundian. Yield was just 5 tonnes/ha and only 600 dozen bottles were made. About a third new French barriques and no filtration. 14% alcohol.
Comparing this Pinot Noir with Pinots from some of Australia's other Pinot regions, I'd say it is somewhere in weight between the delicacy of typical offerings from Mornington Peninsula and some of the rather richer bottlings from, say, Gippsland.
This is the second vintage from Foggy Hill vineyard, the chilly slope* (pictured above looking anything but foggy) in the middle of his new toy, a sheep farm, that has been planted by Brian Croser, ex Petaluma. The 2008 is tasting beautifully now. In fact the remains of the bottle were still delightful Sunday last night as an aperitif before viewing the new George Clooney film Up in the Air that I found less exciting than most reviews suggest. (Yes, this is the arts section of this website.)
I see that for the moment the wine seems available retail only on the Tapanappa website and in Australia for around Aus$47 (approx £25) a bottle, but I understand it is on the water en route to the UK and look forward very much to seeing it better distributed. I am told that in the UK it will be available from Fine & Rare, Edencroft Fine Wine and the Fine Wine Company. Look out for it.
Bringing a decent bottle of wine can help tame a prospective father-in-law while quietly creating an impression of worldly sophistication. If you're opting for a red MH wine expert Ken Gargett, a wine judge and the author of Don't Buy Wine Without Me, recommends Tapanappa's Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2008. "It offers an array of flavours, and finishes with intensity and complexity," he says.
The Tapanappa Pinot  from Fleurieu is outstanding.
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.
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.
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