All three Chardonnay’s in the Top 150

Author: Tyson Stelzer
Source: Tyson Stelzer's Wines of the Year 2017
Review Date: Nov 2017

Top 10 Wines under $80- Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
Drink 2017-2025 | 96 points
The first vineyard planted in the modern era of the Adelaide Hills remains one of the greatest, producing chardonnay of profound generosity, exactingly honed with focused acidity and finely structured, mineral texture. In length, line and sheer, undeviating preci- sion, this is one of the greats.

Top 10 Wines under $60 – Tiers Vineyard 1.5, Chardonnay 2015
Drink 2016-2020 | 94 points
A new member of the Tapanappa chardonnay family, from the 2003 Tiers plantings at 1.5m spacing, producing an earlier ripening, softer and more generous style. The result is delightfully fragrant, packed with white peach and lemon fruit of impressive concen- tration, defining a well-rounded and juicy palate, yet beautifully honed with finely mineral acidity and gently structured mouth feel.

Top 10 Wines under $40 – Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2015
Drink 2016-2020 | 94 points
Striking an exacting balance between complexity and depth tang and refreshing elegance, this is a chardonnay that sings the virtues of vineyards around the Piccadilly Valley in delightfully fragrant white peach and lemon tones. It’s tangy, persistent, finely textured and downright delicious.

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