Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
expert reviews about
Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
An impressive vintage that confirms the calibre of Brian Croser's Fleurieu site for pinot noir, with sufficient vine age to support a confident and age-worthy wine of fragrant allure and focused structure.
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
The bouquet offers seductive red fruit, cardamom and a savoury herbaceous, bramble note; the palate is finely laced with red fruits, with a surprising and refreshing level of fine-grained tannins; soft on entry and firm to conclude; will benefit with a few years of ageing.Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Typically a bigger style, this shows plenty of brooding, dark, toasted spices and ripe, dark fruits, rich berries and an earthy depth that will demand time to reveal its best _ certainly decant it if drinking young. The palate s bursting with fruit and tannins are robustly proportioned throughout _ meaty, earthy undergrowth to come. It s a bigger, bulkier style and will deliver, for sure.Good Wine Guide 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
An exceptional wine likely to build along classical lines. Its complex, smoky bouquet of red rose petals, dark cherries and toasty vanilla oak reveals nuances of beetroot, rhubarb and five spice plus a whiff of dusty stalkiness. Long and elegant, with a powdery, fine-grained chassis beneath its translucently bright flavours of sweet juicy berries and cherries, it finishes savoury and very finely balanced, with remarkable length and fresh acidity.The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Regan Drew (2009 Vintage) says
Super complex nose of creamed strawberries, sour cherry and roses. The whole bunch ferment showing spices & dark fruits and fill the palate with biting, muscular tannins. The long "Peacock's Tail" of flavour completes a perfectly balanced wine with a long life ahead of it.
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Heady, wild, floral and essential, with a deep, alluring bouquet of rose petals, black and red cherries knit with fresh spicy oak and revealing meaty, herbal undertones. It's long, sumptuous and assertive, with a succulent, sappy and silky palate underpinned by a surprisingly firm, fine-grained and chalky spine of drying cherry kernel tannins. Its deep cherry/berry flavours knit tightly with oak and herbal notes, finishing long and persistent, with a refreshing acidity. It's building scent and density as it matures.The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Quite a ripe pinot here, with a glazed berry aroma and a gentle dusting of spice; the oak is fairly assertive at this young stage, adding sweeter notes to the fruit. The palate has a swathe of open-knit fleshy fruit and plenty of spicy, sweet oak tapped into place - nice and open, really approachable.The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
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.Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Angus Hughson (2008 Vintage) says
The reception to the first vintage of Tapanappa Pinot Noir last year was nothing less than phenomenal, although I think it is fair to say that the 2008 will be even more favourably received. Unsurprisingly, given Brian Croser's leanings, it has a very French feel with fruit in the savoury spectrum. Red cherry with definite perfumed spice and floral elements open the account, which are swiftly followed by some gamey, earthy nuances. More serious on the palate, there is fine fruit concentration weaved together with milky tannins, and a lovely supple texture. Structurally it needs time but is also quite a beauty to drink right now.
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
From an elevated site on the Fleurieu Peninsula, this is Brian Croser's crack at seriously great pinot, and not a bad first effort. Plenty of vinous cherry fruit aroma and some briary forest characters here, earthy, the oak is spicy and sits up in the mix, strong anise, some clove too. Fine gentle tannins and ripe soft fruits, liquorice and flighty cherry fruit flavour. Musky balanced finish.Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
Angus Hughson (2007 Vintage) says
Croser hunted this vineyard down and the search has certainly bought its rewards. It is the coolest site on the Australian mainland, and as a consequence gives wines of rare perfume and finesse. The wine, the first vintage of Tapanappa Pinot Noir, is a triumph - elegance, structure and acidity all bound together by complex fruit characters. Better still it finishes with velvet fruit, finely balanced tannins and fabulous length.
Rob Geddes MW says
Rob Geddes MW