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Tapanappa - Piccadilly Valley Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

Information

  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Piccadilly
  • Wine Maker: Brian Croser
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.6%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2025
Duty/Vat Paid
JR: 16.5+ (2014) JH: 95 (2014) WF: 94 (2015) HH: 94 (2015) Misc: 5 Stars (2015) AG: 94 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

2015 Tapanappa Tiers Chardonnay was early ripening because of the warm spring but cooler than average during the late summer ripening season. The alcohol is moderate and the natural acid is elevated as a balance to the ripe stone fruit flavours of Chardonnay from The Tiers Vineyard. The 36 year-old Tiers Vineyard has clearly confirmed its status as a “distinguished site” and the 2015 Tapanappa Tiers Chardonnay “is a pure expression of the unique Tiers Vineyard terroir.” Bottled in March 2016. Only 180 dozen grown and made.

Winery Information

Tapanappa

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….”To utilise three of Australia’s most expressive and unique distinguished sites to create fine wines of distinction. The partnership named its new venture “Tapanappa” after a 550 million year old geological formation.. read more

Expert Reviews

JancisRobinson.com (2014)16.5+ pts

Tasted Jan 2016 - Leesy, introvert nose, and pretty austere palate. Good concentration of fruit buried in here but it’s certainly not coming out to play yet. Quite chewy on the end still, and bone dry. It’s almost like a contrapuntal riposte to the cliché Oz Chardy of old.

James Halliday (2014)95 pts

Allow this time to breathe and a world of flavour opens up to you. It stares you straight in the eye, as unflinching as it is intense. It shows malty, smoky oak, especially at first, but as it rests in the glass the seams smooth, and then disappear. Stone fruit rises. Pears. Grapefruit. Apples. It enriches at it refreshes.

Wine Front (2015)94 pts

Nov 2016 - The Tiers Vineyard was planted in 1979. That’s pretty old in Australian Chardonnay terms. Spicy oak, aniseed, lemon biscuits and stonefruit. It’s light and firm with ripe lemon acidity, a dusty and chalky texture, mixed citrus and plenty of spiced oak on a fine long finish. It feels very much like a wine for later, rather than now.

Huon Hooke (2015)94 pts

Bright, light to medium yellow colour with a fresh, clean, bright bouquet of cashew nut, pear and creamy lees, with quite strong oak. The wine is full-bodied and rich, deep and intense, with amplitude and balance, a trace of grip nicely handled. It's a fuller style of chardonnay if not especially detailed in flavour or aroma at this time. The oak is assertive and needs time to mellow. Very good, and it will build further complexity with time.

Miscellaneous (2015)5 stars

Tim White, Australian Financial Review 95-97pts - "The Tiers Vineyard was planted in 1979. That’s pretty old in Australian Chardonnay terms. Spicy oak, aniseed, lemon biscuits and stonefruit. It’s light and firm with ripe lemon acidity, a dusty and chalky texture, mixed citrus and plenty of spiced oak on a fine long finish. It feels very much like a wine for later, rather than now."

Andrew Graham (2015)94 pts

It’s not hard to see the reasons why this 2015 Tiers Adelaide Hills Chardonnay is on point. A famous vineyard in the Hills (one of the oldest), with a legend of the industry making the wine and a wine that is comfortably settled in style. Please, keep delivering complex, tight, rich-but-taut Chardonnay like this Australia. As to the wine, Brian is famously detail-focused, and there is great background info on the Tapanappa website. Well worth a look if you’re interested (I love that context. Throw winemaking notes at me wine world). Despite a very dry vintage in the Hills (40% of normal rainfall), this 2015 Tiers Chardonnay doesn’t lack acidity or freshness. The opposite. Fermented and matured in 1/3 new French oak, and that oak stamp is one of the first things you notice. It’s not obtrusive, but it is a prominent character on a nose dominated by white peach and lemon lime. What makes this work is the contrast behind firm, grapefruit acidity (less malo this vintage?) and ripe fruit weight. This is wine in motion – and arguably a bit too taut for drinking this year – but at every step is top flight stuff. I drank most of the bottle, and was marvelling at the ‘bones’ the whole way through. Score could well be conservative next year.

Vinification Notes

The Tiers Old Chardonnay was hand harvested into shallow trays and cooled to 2C in the cold room at Tapanappa Winery, adjacent to the vineyard. The trays were tipped as whole bunches into the Willmes Merlin airbag press and the juice was gently extracted from the berries into a settling tank. After gravity settling the partially clarified juice and its fluffy lees were racked to French Vosges oak barriques, 33% new and the balance 1 and 2 use and allowed to ferment at the cool air temperature of the Piccadilly Valley autumn. The Tiers Chardonnay was left on full lees in barrique until the summer when it was clear racked and prepared for bottling in mid March.