2021 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay
Located in the Piccadilly Valley within the Adelaide Hills region, Brian Croser’s Tiers vineyard was planted in 1979 making it the first in the region. It is perfectly suited to Chardonnay being a closely matched homo-clime of Burgundy, especially the southern end of the Cotes de Beaune where the great wines of Montrachet and Meursault are grown. Fermented in French oak barriques (one third new) the wine was then aged on full lees until January 2022.
Brilliant pale straw colour with a distinct glimmer of green to the outskirts and a watery hue. Pronounced white peach, nectarine and citrus aromas fill the nostrils with notions of biscuity oak, grapefruit and gun flint also chiming in. The palate delivers terrific intensity and power yet is simultaneously very refined and fresh. Flooding the mouth are white peach and nectarine fruits with grapefruit, subtle citrusy dried honey, biscuity oak, almond and infusions of gun flint complexing the back half.
Concludes wonderfully long and vibrant.
Drink over the next 8-10 years.
The chardonnay vines on the Tiers Vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley are all now well over 30 years old though some are much older that that, having been planted in the late 1970s.
This is stunning. Intense with flavour, chalky of texture, long of finish. Flint, grapefruit, pear and peach flavours charge with authority through the palate. Crushed fennel notes dance about the edges. The drive and the power and the overall impact of this is really quite something; it’s an emphatic wine, it took but one sip for me to be thoroughly convinced. Drink 2023-2030+
Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front