2019 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Tapanappa |Fleurieu Peninsula |Pinot Noir
An earthen Fleurieu Pinot, full of spicy character, and sweet fruit.

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Brian Croser has a real terroir driven focus with his wines. Each site is chosen for its specific qualities and planted with the varietals and clones which best suit.

The Foggy Hill vineyard sits at the highest point in the Fleurieu Peninsula, with steep free-draining ironstone soils, an ideal site for the challenges that come with growing temperamental Pinot Noir.

Earthen and rich at its core, there is a distinct root vegetable character, underpinned by a smoky game character. This is dark and rich for the varietal, mouth filling, with great acid/tannin balance, this is a Pinot for the serious vinophile, one that speaks so much of its terroir.

15% whole bunch topped with chilled destemmed and crushed must and allowed a two-day cold soak and allowed to ferment to a maximum temperature of 33ºC with daily hand plunging of the cap.
At the end of fermentation , the tubs were sealed to allow 5 days of maceration on skins then pressed. The batches were racked and returned to barrique for maturation. After 10 months in barrique the Foggy Hill batches were clear racked in December of 2019 and blended ready for bottling in February 2020.

96 Points - "15% of the fruit was placed at the bottom of the fermenting tubs, progressively crushed. Each block was pressed separately, and clonally, then settled and matured on full lees in one-third new barriques for 10 months. A darker note of berry here – blueberry and black cherry. It's fully fragrant, with the stems adding their woody spice and seasoning. What happens on the palate is unique, the structure of the wine taking your senses deeper into the flavour well, where a gastronomic heart of subtle amaro-like bitters dwells. Learned palates will want to sit on this and watch it unfold for hours, if not years." Tony Love (Halliday Wine Companion)

92 Points - "It’s a firm, fragrant, spice-riddled pinot noir with blueberry and macerated cherry notes shot through with aromatic herb notes. In fact it’s quite earthen, almost beetroot-like, with a sweetness to the finish in the context of its dry/earthen style. This is a pretty impressive wine it has to be said. Different in its Australian context. Earth, root and blue fruit. Interesting." 92+ point Mike Bennie (Wine Front)

94 Points - "Bright and vibrant ruby colour from core to rim. Black cherry, iodine, smoke and vegetable broth aromatics. Intense from the palate entry, dark cherry fruit shows early then morphs into multiple savoury layers of smoke, meat and undergrowth. Quite mouth-filling, Acids and tannins show a guiding hand yet stay supple and in the background. Very long and has many years ahead of it." Stuart Knox (The Real Review)

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