Tapanappa, Foggy Hill, 2016

Tapanappa, Foggy Hill, 2016

Country: Australia

Region: South Australia

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2016

ABV: 13.7%

£31.65 Inc. VAT

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  • Description


Brian Croser was one of the first Australian winemakers of the modern era to deliberately match grape variety to site. He is adamant that terroir defines fine wine, and that the best way to achieve terroir is to be light-handed in your viticultural approach. All efforts should be concentrated in the vineyards so the correct chemistry and flavour balance on the vines can be achieved.

A committed ‘terroirist’, he believes the concept of terroir is the uncopiable effect of the geology, soil, climate, latitude, longitude, aspect, surrounds, and all other factors affecting the grapes. Quite a checklist to guarantee. In Tapanappa, Brian has established a winery that produces wines from three specific sites, each remarkable for their individuality.

The overriding viticultural principles of the estate are close-spaced, manually pruned and harvested fine wine vineyards. Tiers Vineyard, planted in 1979, was the first to be planted in the Adelaide Hills, thus pioneering the cool climate wine industry in South Australia. It is an almost perfect homoclime of Burgundy, mirroring the site south of the Côtes de Beaune which produce stellar Montrachets, and is absolutely suited to Chardonnay.

The tiny 4ha Foggy Hill vineyard on the highest point of the Fleurieu Peninsula, where fog gambols off the Great Southern Ocean, has a much lower diurnal temperature difference than the Piccadilly Valley, making it cooler and more moderate, and therefore ideal for growing Pinot Noir, first harvested here in 2007.

2016 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir is defined by the cool maritime site at Parawa and by the extraordinary warmth of the 2016 vintage.

“The colour is deep and the hue purple red. The wine is intense and brooding, the latent liveliness and freshness overshadowed by the ripe complex black fruit aroma and flavour of the warm ripe vintage.

The wine has a significant tannin profile; they are ripe elegant tannins that will serve the wine well through bottle age. No ephemeral, lightly aromatic, soft tannin wine here, Tapanappa 2016 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir stamps its foot and says “savour me over time.”