3 Top Chardonnays

Author: Huon Hook
Review Date: Jan 2019

Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

Light, bright yellow colour, with a restrained bouquet showing some oak spice, plus citrus fruits and an edgy mineral quality, and the palate is taut and refined, intense and focused, reserved and still emerging from its shell. Intensity, line and length. It’s a beautiful wine now and is promising to deliver more in the future.

95 points

Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay 2017

The bouquet is smoky and oak-kissed with a hint of marzipan or raw almond, while the palate is light-bodied and lean, admirably restrained and delicate. Tight, refined, penetrating flavour. Its straightforward in its youth, and enjoyable to drink now, although I suspect it will build much more complexity if cellars a while.

93 points

Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2017

Light to mid-straw colour with an almond-like, slightly marzipan-like aroma and a lean, straightforward, tight palate. Oak is very back-seat but there’s a pleasant trace of nuttiness. It’s a bit shy, but delicious in a lighter, less-worked style.

90 points

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