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Excellent value on offer here for the 2015 release of Brian Croser's Fleurieu Peninsula Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir crop levels on his famous Foggy Vineyard were a little high in 2015 to warrant the single vineyard classification. As such, Crozer has opted to bottle the whole pick as a 2nd teir wine. The quality of the fruit would make many an 'A Grade' release from other producers, not so with Brian Crozer. This has been positively received by the wine media, all remarking on its potential in the future. If you're a follower of Brian's work, this is an absolute bargain and a wine worthy of up to a decade's cellaring.
What it Tastes Like
"From vines now 12 years old, this is a particularly elegant pinot, true tothe cool 2015 season. A pale style of graceful red cherry and strawberry fruits. Brian Croser admits he slightly overcropped it and hence declassified it. It's none the less for it and quite a bargain, with 30 percent whole bunch complexity supportive but not dominating." - Mike Bennie/Tyson Stelzer (WBM)
96 points "Light, bright crimson; a beautifully fragrant wine, the use of 30% whole bunches a master stroke for a supremely elegant and pure red-berried pinot strongly reminiscent of Volnay, Burgundy, which has transformed itself over the past 12 months." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion) 93 points. "From vines now 12 years old, this is a particularly elegant pinot, true to the cool 2015 season. A pale style of graceful red cherry and strawberry fruits. Brian Croser admits he slightly overcropped it and hence declassified it. It's none the less for it and quite a bargain, with 30 percent whole bunch complexity supportive but not dominating." - Mike Bennie/Tyson Stelzer (WBM) 93 points "On first open I thought this looked a little oaky, with the vanilla lacquer of (quality) French oak a slight distraction. But with air, the red cherry and plum fruit rolls through, and the thickness through the middle and long finish an ever constant reminder of just how serious a wine this is, no doubt helped along by plenty of time on skins, with just a little alcohol warmth to finish. In some ways this is just a bit dense to be beautiful. But the longer you look, the more you appreciate the A-grade nature of this wine, with a sense of class at every corner. Will only get better with bottle age too." - Andrew Graham (Oz Wine Review) 92+ points "I thought this release was fractionally stewy at first but the more it breathed the more perfumed and delicate it because. It certainly offers good variety correct drinking. Macerated black cherries, roses and assorted foresty flowers, undergrowth, a gentle veneer of creamy oak, and a tangy/spicy finish. Tannin adds an appropriate level of tension to the wine. Drinks well now and should perform well with extra time in bottle." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Vintage Notes The 2015 vintage season at the Foggy Hill Vineyard was a season in two parts. The early growth months of spring were very warm and then it cooled down dramatically in December through the ripening months of summer and early autumn. The heat summation for the Foggy Hill Vineyard for the growing season was 1113C days versus the long-term average of 1135C days. The spring was very dry at 42% of normal rain and the combination of warm and dry early conditions precipitated an early bud burst, flowering and fruit set. The ideal flowering conditions created a potentially large crop that required significant fruit thinning at veraison. Because the dry conditions had dried out the topsoil, the vines tipped into the ripening phase quickly and completely at veraison, ensuring an early harvest of evenly ripened Pinot Noir grapes. Despite the thinning at veraison, the crop was 25% greater than average, elevated by a summer rainfall event in January. Tapanappa 2015 Fleurieu Peninsula Pinot Noir is a moderately coloured and delicate wine, the reflection of a cool season and more appropriately labeled as Fleurieu Peninsula Pinot Noir rather than the more concentrated wine expected of Foggy Hill single vineyard designation. The 2015 Tapanappa Fleurieu Peninsula Pinot Noir was harvested from the Foggy Hill Vineyard on the 4th and 5th of March. Winemaking Notes 30% of each clone and block of Foggy Hill Pinot Noir was hand harvested on the 4th of March into shallow trays and taken to the Tapanappa winery and chilled to 2C. The next day, the balance of fruit was also hand harvested. The cold whole bunch fruit was distributed into the bottom of the 0.9 tonne fermenters and then the same clone/block fruit was destemmed, crushed and chilled to 2C before being placed on top of the cold whole fruit. A cold maceration of 4 days in tub preceded the beginning of fermentation and daily hand plunging of the cap. After 12 days in fermentation tubs, the fermentation had finished and the tubs were sealed down for a further 9 days of maceration. The tubs were tipped into the new Willmes Merlin air bag press and drained and lightly pressed straight to French oak barriques (30% new). The young Pinot wine underwent malo-lactic fermentation on full lees before being racked and returned to barrique for a total of 12 months. The wine was clear racked and blended in April 2016 prior to bottling in July 2016.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2025
This tiny nook of South Australia to the South of Adelaide produces truly stunning cool climate wines. If you are looking for some South Australia’s most brilliant examples of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir or aromatic whites, you are going to want to thoroughly explore this region.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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