When poured these wines always have a moderate colour intensity, a kind of brick-like hue. This is not to say they are ageing quickly, far from it actually. The Definitus is among some of the longer-lived Australian Pinot Noirs. Black and red fruits, earth-like tones and dried rose inundate your sense of smell. In the mouth sense similar flavours, but you're distracted by the presence and structure of this defined wine. It's very fluid upfront and finely tannic towards the end. It lingers. A great Australian Pinot Noir that could cellar for a decade or more. - Chris L
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.
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