❁ Tapanappa (Wrattonbully) www.tapanappawines.com.au
B Croser, J-M Cazes, Société Jacques Bollinger PO Box 174, Crafers SA 5152
Tel: 0419 843 751 Fax: 08 8370 8374
Brian Croser’s new project is a partnership with Bordeaux’s Jean-Michel Cazes (Ch. LYNCH-BAGES) and BOLLINGER – who were a former partner with Croser at PETALUMA. Tapanappa acquired the Koppamurra Vineyard prior to 2003 and have restructured the vines and renamed the site the Whalebone Vineyard. The Wrattonbully region has similar but older weathered limestone (Terra Rossa/Terra Rosa) soils to those found in Coonawarra. It is also slightly warmer. The grapes are handpicked, a cold soak is employed and following malolactic fermentation in barriques the wine is aged in new French oak for 20 months. The first Cabernet Shiraz (mostly Cabernet Sauvignon) was made in 03. In addition Croser’s now celebrated Tiers Chardonnay is being produced under the Tapanappa label – and is once again a wine of remarkable structure, intensity and mineral purity. Look for older vintages of Tiers under the Petaluma label. The opulent Whalebone Vineyard, Wrattonbully Merlot is probably Australia’s best expression of this variety. From 2007 this is now blended with Cabernet Franc. Tapanappa’s portfolio also now encompasses Foggy Hill Pinot Noir made from vines planted in 2003 on the Fleurieu Peninsula. A further small range “Wines of Terroir” ais also made and includes a Pinot Noir Fleurieu Peninsula as well as a Shiraz and a Cabernet Shiraz from Wrattonbully.
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