Tapanappa was founded in South Australia in 2002 by three prominent wine families, Brian and Ann Croser of Australia, the Bollinger family of Champagne and the Cazes family of Lynch Bages in Pauillac.
In a nutshell: Since 2014, Tapanappa has been wholly owned and run by the Croser family in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills. Brian Croser is the winemaker, and has been an innovator in the Australian wine industry for 35 years. Today Tapanappa is managed by husband and wife Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser, the son in law and daughter of Brian and Ann.
Since 2002, the Croser family has invested significantly in the refinement of the viticulture of three distinguished sites. The Tiers Vineyard, which was planted with Chardonnay in 1979, the Whalebone Vineyard planted with Cabernet varieties in 1974 and the Foggy Hill Vineyard planted with Dijon clones on Pinot Noir rootstocks in 2003. Committed to terroir, the Croser family believe passionately in the identification of “distinguished vineyard sites”, matching the climate, soil and geology of the site to the right variety and then fastidiously managing the vineyard to maximise quality. The Single Vineyard wines are pure expressions of this philosophy.
The terroir: Tapanappa terroirs are a collection of three distinguished vineyard sites. The Tiers Vineyard in Piccadilly Valley is an almost perfect homoclime of Burgundy, mirroring the sites south of the Côtes de Beaune. The Whalebone vineyard in Wrattonbully sees Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz thrive on a ridge of Oligocene Limestone, similar to St. Emilion in Bordeaux. The tiny 4ha Foggy Hill vineyard on the highest point of the Fleurieu Peninsula has a cooler and more moderate climate, therefore ideal for growing Pinot Noir.
The Tapanappa “personality”: Matching the climate, soil and geology of the site to the right varieties, and fastidiously managing the vineyard to maximise quality and produce unique Australian “terroir” driven wines.