Recognition

Category: Tiers Vineyard

“It’s creamy and leesy, textural and long, but not heavy in the least. ” – 2020 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: Jeni Port
Source: https://www.winecompanion.com.au
Date: Dec 2021

Hand-picked fruit, chilled in trays, whole-berry pressed, fermented in French oak barriques (one-third new). Matured in barrel on full lees. From a year of frost and fire comes, according to Brian Croser, a ‘miracle’. The 2020 offers a celebration not only of fruit but life, a beauty of a chardonnay fresh and immediate in appeal but oh so capable of a much longer time in bottle.

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“Give it time, it will be rewarded. ” – 2020 Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: Jeni Port
Source: https://www.winecompanion.com.au
Date: Dec 2021

This young chardonnay vineyard, just 13 years old, is starting to fully express itself. It’s a little racy in a chablis kind of way, sporting brisk acidity and keen, juicy fruit. Opens with aromas of lemon blossom, all lemony clean and bright. Nougat, Granny Smith apple and lemon rind busy the palate, oak is worked into the budding almond mealy,

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Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay 2019 – Master Medal

Author: The Drinks Business
Source: The Global Chardonnay Masters 2021
Date: Dec 2021

Pale lemon-green; smoky-toasty oak, apricot, orange blossom, white peach; pristine, bracing acidity, mid-weight, richly fruited, layered and textured, spicy, long. More-ish. Savoury.

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Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 – Gold Medal

Author: The Drinks Business
Source: The Global Chardonnay Masters 2021
Date: Dec 2021

Quite delicate, but complex nose, hint of smoke, chalk, toast, and stone fruit. Palate has some creaminess, vanilla oak, toast, smoke, some warmth, along with peach and pear fruit, then some apple freshness. Good. Layered, youthful. Lively and chalky.

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“Thrilling Chardonnay” – 2020 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: James Suckling
Source: www.jamessuckling.com
Date: Oct 2021

This parcel has performed so impressively in 2020, with trademark white-peach aromas and a subtle lemon-cream edge. The oak is so well integrated here. There’s impressive seamlessness on the palate with citrus-nuanced stone fruit carrying so long and fresh. Thrilling chardonnay. Drink or hold.

97 points

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“The intensity is impressive” – 2020 Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: James Suckling
Source: www.jamessuckling.com
Date: Oct 2021

This offers the same blend of lemon and white peach seen in the old-vine Tiers Chardonnay from this vintage, with greater oak influence reading in the wine for now. The intensity is impressive, with acidity driving a vivid, powerful palate. Drink over the next five years. Screw cap.

94 points

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Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay 2019 – 92 points Silver

Author: Tyson Stelzer
Source: Halliday Wine Companion 2022
Date: Aug 2021

Tiers Vineyard replanted in 2003 to clones 76 and 95 at 1.5m row spacing. Close planting produces earlier ripening and fuller flavours, yielding a generous style in this warm year. Pristine white peach fruit glimpses at mandarin exotics, underscored by toasty, spicy, honeyed French oak. The signature tense acidity of this cool site defines a lively,

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Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 – 93 points Silver

Author: Tyson Stelzer
Source: Halliday Wine Companion 2022
Date: Aug 2021

450m elevation; planted 1979, the first vineyard in the modern Adelaide Hills. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of its planting, this fabled site experienced a much warmer vintage than average in 2019. Classic fig and white peach notes have edged toward orange and mandarin exoticism, carrying all the power of Tiers in a full-bodied palate of spicy,

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2020 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Aug 2021

Light yellow colour. The nose is reductive, smoky matchstick, a kiss of oak too, in balance. Small flowers, quite lovely fruit-driven aromas. The palate is soft and round and refined, tapering a bit towards the back. The acid is a trifle firm, but the steeliness would help it go with food. Mouth-watering finish. It’s young and will be even better next year.

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2020 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: Ray Jordan
Source: The West Australian
Date: Aug 2021

If you cast your mind back to the very beginning of Covid last year you might think the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse got a head start when fires ravaged many vineyards in the Eastern States. But their work was only beginning

With extreme heat, fire, smoke and then rain, you could assume that as vintages go this was close to Hell.

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2018 Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay – 97 points

Author: David Sly
Source: Decanter
Date: Jul 2021

If you’ve got elite fruit power, don’t be afraid to show it. This has an Olympic athlete’s body: big frame, strong muscle, yet supple. The palate gently flexes a range of flavours through the long ride – stonefruit orchard, a bite of fleshy pear, golden apples, lemon pith. Completely seamless…

97 points

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2018 Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: Angus Hughson
Source: WinePilot
Date: Jun 2021

The Piccadilly Valley has a proud history of crafting great Australian Chardonnay, and was the original home of Petaluma. This wine shows the same combination of bright, youthful and complex fruit in an elegant style. The wine is pale golden and a pretty, understated and finely detailed style. There are many layers – citrus, apple,

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“This makes an impression” 2020 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: Campbell Mattinson
Source: The Wine Front
Date: Jun 2021

I haven’t read the press notes on this wine but 2020 in the Adelaide Hills was an interesting time, no doubt. There’s plenty of fruit power here. And texture. And form. It feels powerful and well honed and, indeed, has a quartz-like aspect to it. Yellow peach, grapefruit, nectarine, woodsmoke and cedar characters shoot convincingly through.

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“It had me hooked straight up” 2020 The Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: Campbell Mattinson
Source: The Wine Front
Date: Jun 2021

The chardonnay vines on the Tiers Vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley are all now well over 30 years old though some were planted in the late 1970s. This is an intense glide of beautiful chardonnay flavour. It had me hooked straight up. There’s an amount of struck match character here too, for the record, though the pear,

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2020 Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: James Suckling
Source: James Suckling
Date: Jun 2021

Bright ripe-peach and lemon aromas on offer here, framed in some spiced, hazelnut-like oak and nougat. The palate has quite punchy, fresh stone-fruit flavors and acidity holds the finish taut. Drink now. Screw cap. 

92 Points

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2020 Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: Ray Jordan
Source: Western Australia
Date: Jun 2021

Tough vintage, to say the least, and yet out if it you get something as beautiful as this classy chardonnay from the Piccadilly Valley. Lot of white peach and nectarine characters with a pristine purity. Crisp fine minerally acidity and lovely oak treatment come into play to carry the palate to an effortlessly long finish.

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2020 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5M chardonnay

Author: Campbell Mattinson
Source: The Wine Front
Date: Jun 2021

A beautiful piece of wine machinery. Precision is everything here. That, and purity. Nectarine, lemon curd, flint, cream and cedar characters. It’s pure, focused and long; it’s scintillating. Drink this now and it’s spectacular but its best days remain ahead.

95 points

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2020 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5M chardonnay

Author: Ray Jordan
Source: Western Australia
Date: Jun 2021

This vineyard was close planted along French lines with French clones and it really does have an impact on the wine. The extended time on full lees until February 2021 had also played a part in building palate texture and complexity. Notes of nougat and cashew with a creamy light butterscotch and peachy nectarine character are so engaging.

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2018 Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: Tim White
Source: Tim White
Date: May 2021

Somewhat puckered peach—skin, flesh, kernel—and a sniff off that often elusive match-strike that many a Chardonnay-lover desires. There’s a wheaty, grainy edge to it also. Has a bracing, briny breeze on a beach-type thing about it, and it’s loaded with yellow stone fruit, fuzzy-skin sweetness. Iced-cracked kernel; dense and mouth-sucking. It’s almost gone and there will be no ’19 (although there is a Tiers and Tiers 1.5m).

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2020 Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: Jeni Port
Source: Captain Wine Pilot
Date: May 2021

Tapanappa founder/winemaker, Brian Croser, calls the 2020 vintage “unique.” Despite COVID, bushfires and a severe frost in his beloved Tiers Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, he uses the word in an upbeat way. Flowering and fruit set in the vines were affected by cold weather. That means a small crop. That’s a tick for potential quality.

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2020 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5M chardonnay

Author: Jeni Port
Source: Captain Wine Pilot
Date: May 2021

This wine hails from the celebrated Tiers Vineyard, but there are subtle differences at play which imbues it with a different personality to the Tiers flagship wine.

• It’s younger in vine age, planted 2003.
• It’s planted to French Bernard clones and is earlier ripening.
• It’s close-planted, hence the reference to 1.5M (1.5 metre spacing).

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2020 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: Jeni Port
Source: Captain Wine Pilot
Date: May 2021

If chardonnay is indeed making a comeback, it’s through wines like these where much of the excitement dwells. The trio of Tapanappa Adelaide Hills chardonnays are about cool climate viticulture, attention to detail and commitment to a style that is very much about projecting the quality of the fruit in any given vintage. The Tiers is the high point in the chardonnay collection,

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2020 Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: May 2021

“It’s young and will be even better next year” – 2020 Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Light yellow colour. The nose is reductive, smoky matchstick, a kiss of oak too, in balance. Small flowers, quite lovely fruit-driven aromas. The palate is soft and round and refined, tapering a bit towards the back. The acid is a trifle firm,

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2020 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: May 2021

“Potential Plus” – 2020 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Light straw colour. Cashew nut, straw, biscuit and creamy lees aromas, restrained and fresh and delicate, but extremely intense and concentrated on the middle palate. The acidity is searing, a trifle domineering perhaps, but will easily be absorbed by any food. Long, long persistence. Potential plus.

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