“Its intensity and length mark it out as a classic Chardonnay.”  – 96 Point | Gary Walsh | The Wine Front – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2023

Author: Gary Walsh
Source: The Wine Front
Review Date: Feb 2024

Only 2011 was cooler than 2023 (of recent vintages) in the Piccadilly Valley, as expressed in HDD at 1093°, versus the long term average of 1135°. This is from a block planted in 1979,  the clone unknown.

Pear, grapefruit and lemon oil, almond meal and biscuit spices. It’s a bright and tight wine, a distinctly citrus-laced line of acidity, grapefruit, green olive and honey lemon, it’s flinty too, though has a light creamy cashew gloss to temper, and the finish is long with a zesty aftertaste. This seems like a long term wine, and while it’s kind of brittle as at now, its intensity and length mark it out as a classic Chardonnay. 

96 Points

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