A generous, full-bodied, powerful chardonnay with aromas of cashew, pear, creamy lees, and a fairly strong oak component. There is richness and amplitude in the mouth; a trace of grip adds authority to the finish. More complexity will build over time.
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Following on from the success of the 2015 Fleurieu Pinot Noir, the 2015 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay has just taken out a Master award and equal top score for the entire competition at The Drinks Business 2017 Asian Chardonnay Masters.
You can read the full competition report here: https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/05/asian-chardonnay-masters-2017-...
About the competition:
The Global Masters is a series of blind tasting competitions, drawing in entries from across the world. One of the key elements to its success is the quality and the dedication of the judges involved.
The 2015 Fleurieu Peninsula Pinot Noir has taken out master pinot - topping its field - at the prestigious 2017 Drinks Business Global Pinot Noir Masters competition. An extraordinary result by any measure.
About the competition:
In a crowded wine competition arena, the drinks business Global Pinot Noir Masters stands out for its assessment of wines purely by grape variety rather than region.
Divided only by price bracket and, for ease of judging, whether the style was oaked or unoaked, the blind tasting format allows wines to be assessed without prejudice about their country of origin.
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Australian chardonnay styles range in style from mouth-puckeringly mean to plump and juicy; from all fruit, to all ‘funk’ (industry jargon for sulphur compounds derived from maturation on dead yeast cells, or lees). In between the extremes lie some of the finest chardonnays in the world. Invariably fermented and matured in oak barrels, the very best seamlessly combine high quality fruit flavours, generally grown in a cool climate, with winemaker-induced characters associated with the barrels, yeast lees and the influence (or not) of a secondary fermentation that converts harsh malic acid to soft lactic acid.
2015 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay
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.
2015 Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay
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).
I’m a massive fan of honest winemakers.
In an industry where bullshit, marketing spin and outright lies are commonplace, I always appreciate when a winemaker it absolutely frank
That’s why it was refreshing to learn the story behind this ’15 Tapanappa Pinot Noir from Brian Croser.
According to Brian, he let his eye off the ball and the yields at the Foggy Hill Vineyard got away a bit. Not enough to destroy the crop (yields up circa 25% up on normal), but enough that he didn’t think it was up to Foggy standard..
As a result, he declassified the lot, dropping it from a $55 single vineyard wine to the more generic $39 ‘Fleurieu Peninsula’ label. Historically there has regularly been two tiers, but this year it all went into the cheaper wine.
Drawn from across a range of sites from Brian Croser's beloved Piccadilly Valley.
Sees 30% new oak, with just over 300 dozen made. Citrus, lemon curds, honeydew, touches of meal, spicy oak.
The sour tang of lemon, a racy, almost nervy energy to it; acid that verily reaches into the far recesses of the palate, secreting itself into the cheeks, before the slow withdrawal.
Intensity of finish, a bold slap of flavour, lingering long. 92
The Whalebone Vineyard was planted in 1974 and is, by all reports, a terrific site.
Cellarable? I definitely think so. It’s bold, tannic, thick with tar and plum flavours, and has integrated its smoky/cedary oak quite perfectly. Nothing sticks out; it’s a bold red wine with its foundations of tannin well in place, and nothing much stands between it and the future. Whether or not the wine is either charming or compelling though is another matter. The alcohol doesn’t seem excessive but the fruit profile borders on overdone. Peppermint cream characters to the aftertaste add to the slightly old school impression.