Welcome to Tapanappa Wines

  • "We are determined to use the most expressive and unique terroirs of Australia to create Australian fine wine of distinction."
    Brian Croser, Jean-Michel Cazes, Arnould d'Hautefeuille
  • Tapanappa combines “old vines, new terroirs, experienced winemaking and energetic skilled young management.”
  • The Croser family planted the Tiers Vineyard in 1979, the first vineyard planted in the Adelaide Hills region in the 20th century.
    In every way The Tiers Vineyard is a "distinguished site". It is the first vineyard planted in the Adelaide Hills thus pioneering the true cool climate wine industry of South Australia.
  • The Foggy Hill Vineyard is on a northwestfacing slope at 300 to 350 metres (ASL) at Parawa, the highest point of the Fleurieu Peninsula half way between Victor Harbor and Cape Jervis.
    Tapanappa is dedicated to exploring the potential of the very exciting Foggy Hill Pinot Noir terroir.
  • The Whalebone Vineyard was purchased immediately after the formation of the partnership in 2002. Originally named Koppamurra Vineyard It has been renamed the Whalebone Vineyard because of the discovery of a 35 million year old whale skeleton in a limestone cave beneath the vineyard.

  • Situated at 37º 10’ S and 140° 87’ E at an altitude of 80 meters, the Whalebone Vineyard is on the dunal ridge of the oldest shoreline of the plain which gently leans away to the Great Southern Ocean 80 kilometres to the west.
    Whalebone Vineyard in particular and Wrattonbully in general are peculiarly suited to the production of Cabernet Shiraz blends, an Australian traditional blend and once common in France when the practice of "Hermitaging" was used to bolster the wines of Bordeaux in deficient years.

WOW factor white - 96 points - 2013 Piccadilly Chardonnay

Wine Companion Magazine
James Halliday
Review Date: 
July 2014

The strictly disciplined winemaking credo of Brian Croser has worked very well indeed with this wine; the intensity of the varietal fruit expression has been perfectly captured, with no winemaker artefact anywhere on the horizon. With the benefit of screwcap, bred to stay with absolute certainty. The price is very modest given the pedigree of this wine.

Xavier in Grapegrower and Winemaker

Grapegrower & Winemaker invited four industry experts, including Xavier, to give their thoughts on the Australian wine's current state of play. 

The full article can be read in the attached PDF.

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The Anatomy Of The 2014 Vintage

Curious things happen in vineyards as the season unfolds and almost none more curious than in lead-up the 2014 vintage. The apparently ideal conditions of the winter leading into the 2014 vintage unexpectedly threw up a miserable quantity of grapes albeit of very good quality.

“a complex wine from start to finish” - 94 points - 09 Whalebone MCF

Wine Companion
James Halliday
Review Date: 
20th of May 2014

A 64/36% blend matured for 22 months in 70% new French oak. Bright, light hue, still youthful; a complex wine from start to finish, the bouquet expressive, the medium-bodied palate with many messages of savoury red fruits, black olive and briar, corralled by fine, but persistent, tannins.

94 points
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Jancis on Tapanappa

Jancis Robinson
Review Date: 
5th of May 2014

A trio of reviews from Jancis Robinson

Tapanappa, Whalebone Vineyard 2009 Wrattonbully, 16.5+

“Mid blackish ruby. Firm and meaty on the nose. Actually it does not taste dominated by Cabernet. Subtle and appetising. Still with tannins in evidence but very fine textured and warming but certainly not hot on the finish. Cries out for food. Clearly made with minimal additions. Long and vibrant. Still quite young and earthy.”

Tapanappa, Whalebone Vineyard Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2009 Wrattonbully, 17

“Bright ruby red. Subtle, savoury, earthy notes. Really very restrained for an Australian red! Perhaps the slightest of minty hints? Very cool, sophisticated, dry finish. Super-appetising and quite youthful. Some palates may even criticise it for being too light. Lots more still to come. Hint of tarmacadam on the finish.”

Tapanappa, Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Fleurieu, 16.5

“Pale crimson. Sweet and light on the palate with fresh acidity. There was not a jot of oak in evidence and the finish was bone dry. It did seem to me to be very Côte de Beaune in style - certainly no blockbuster. A little muted at the moment, but certainly distinctive in an Australian context.”

“the real deal” - 2012 Foggy Hill Pinot

Wine Anorak
Jamie Goode
Review Date: 
18th of April 2014

I have been quite a fan of Brian Croser’s Tapanappa wines, since being introduced to them when I visited him back in 2005. Making fine wine is a long-term project, especially when you are planting new vineyards.

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