Brian Croser’s Tapanappa venture has been of interest to me since its inception in 2002 and tasting this makes me very pleased that I have some of the 2004 tucked away in the cellar. 70% Cabernet, 30% Shiraz and a wonderful rendition of the great Australian red it is too, combining the structure and elegance of the Bordeaux grape with the plush essence of its Rhône partner.
A warmer year sees plenty of rich blackcurrant and berry fruit framed by top-class savoury, cedar oak – all French of course. Gum and bay leaf, dark chocolate and licorice all make an appearance in a layered wine of true depth. The climax comes in the form of long, fine-grained tannin which tightly binds the whole package. 94 Excellent
Tasted: January 2013