Even in the warmest vintages, Foggy Hill produces moderate sugar grapes at full maturity. The 2017 Definitus is no exception and at 13.5% alcohol the flavours and aromas are evidently supported by water not alcohol. The 2017 Definitus is of moderate colour intensity and crimson hue. The aromas and flavours are delicate and ethereal with violet ad roses floral, ripe strawberries and dark fruits and an earthy terroir nuance. The palate structure sets Definitus apart. The texture is silky and creamy but the finishing tannins are firm and sandy. Definitus is a pure expression of a unique terroir and will benefit from a decade or longer of bottle age. - Winery Note
Today Tapanappa is wholly owned and run by the Croser family of the Piccadilly Valley in South Australia's Adelaide Hills. Tapanappa was created in 2002 by Brian and Ann Croser in partnership with Bollinger of Champagne and the Cazes family of Lynch Bages in Pauillac.
Since 2002, the Croser family have invested significantly in the refinement of the viticulture of three distinguished sites. The old vines at the Tiers and Whalebone vineyards have been restructured and re-trellised.
New vineyards have been planted with superior clones on rootstocks at very close spacing at both the Tiers and Whalebone vineyards.
The Croser family have also pioneered a new wine region at Parawa on the Fleurieu Peninsula by planting Dijon clones of Pinot Noir on rootstocks at the close spaced Foggy Hill Vineyard .
These vineyard investments are consistent with Brian's belief that Australia cannot compete with the best of the fine wines of Europe and North America without significant further investment in the improvement of vineyards aimed at improved grape and wine quality.
Tapanappa is unique in Australian viticulture, having new vineyards planted to the traditional European formula of close spacing (1.5 meters X 1.5 meters) with the vines only 0.5 meters above the soil surface and in all three regions.
|Product Type||Wine Red Pinot Noir|
|Sub Region||Fleurieu Peninsula|