Tapanappa, Foggy Hill Pinot Noir, 2014
Region: Fleurieu Peninsula, Southern Australia
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
The colour is dense by Pinot Noir standards reflecting the sunny vintage effect on berry pigmentation and the effect of plucking the leaves from around bunches before veraison. The fruit aroma is of spicy, sappy, ripe cherries with the floral notes that contribute to Pinot’s “peacock’s tail”. 2014 has contributed one of the most aromatic Foggy Hill Pinot Noirs yet.
The north-facing slope of Foggy Hill is named for the summer and autumn
fogs that roll up to the spine of the Fleurieu Peninsula from the Great Southern Ocean. The maritime climate of Foggy Hill has cool days and moderately warm nights, which allow the vines to produce intense and fragrant winess
Brian Croser was one of the first Australian winemakers of the modern era to deliberately match grape variety to site. He is adamant that terroir defines fine wine, and that the best way to achieve terroir is to be light-handed in your viticultural approach. All efforts should be concentrated in the vineyards so the correct chemistry and ﬂavour balance on the vines can be achieved.