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"An impressive young Chardonnay" - 2018 Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
December 2019

Bright, light yellow colour, the bouquet and flavour big on citrus fruits, driven by lemon; a little biscuity oak. The palate is refreshingly fruity, dry and lemony, with nerviness and restraint. Terrific intensity and drive. An impressive young chardonnay with electric flavour and refreshing nerve, cleansing and very long in its aftertaste. It's more refined than the old-vine Tiers Vineyard 2018
95 points

"Conveys quality" - 2018 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
Stuart Robinson
Source: 
The Vinsomniac
Review Date: 
November 2019

Intoxicating. Perhaps the laziest descriptor there is. Yet, it conveys the allure of premium Adelaide Hills, the stonefruit and citrus aromatics supported by the nuances of premium oak that served - or stored - it so well.

Initially subtle, of guile, yet it soon blossoms - nigh balloons - across the palate. Subtlety of flavour, married to a fine vein of acid, the omnipresent oak and with a certain presence that conveys quality.

Seemingly a hard one to pin down, undoubted quality, yet I kept coming back to that initial subtlety as it introduces itself. Poised, balanced, and before you know it, it's made itself at home and you've consumed a glass.

95 points

"Much bigger and more generous" - 2018 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
October 2019

A very rich, full-bodied wine, much bigger and more generous than the 2017, a real mouthful. Almost opulent. Very approachable already and possibly the most full-bodied Tiers to date. (Second-warmest vintage ever; 575 dozens made)

95 points

"An outstanding wine" - 2017 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
October 2019

A very fragrant, aromatic, cool-year bouquet; a wine of great subtlety and delicacy. Great poise and intensity, as well as finesse. Harmony, refinement and persistence. Lemons aplenty. The palate is seamless. An outstanding wine, promising more in the future. (Very cool season, latest ever vintage. 350 dozens made.)

98 points

"Impressive wine, inherently complex" - 2017 Definitus Pinot Noir

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson
Source: 
Wine Front
Review Date: 
August 2019

There are four hectares of pinot noir growing on the Foggy Hill vineyard; this is from a one-hectare strip. It’s planted at a density of 4444 vines/hectare, using clones 115 and 777, all planted on rootstock. It’s light, firm and immensely spicy. Roots, leaves, earth and wood combine with strawberry, red cherry, beet and violets. There’s a geranium-like character here; it’s a complex wine, inherently complex. Its charms are clean and yet its sleeves are well stocked; it has a lot more in store for the patient, cork permitting. Impressive, this wine is.

94 points

A very attractive premium regional wine - 2017 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: 
Stuart Robinson
Source: 
The Vinsomniac
Review Date: 
May 2019

Brian Croser is undoubtedly the Godfather of Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, first planting the region to the variety some 40-odd years ago.

Broad and powerful wine, instantly you feel seduced by its quite intoxicating allure of stonefruit, citrus and oak. The palate suggests sandalwood meets a subtle cinnamon tinged spice. Has substance, yet also a gentle flowing length across the length of the palate.

As ever balance is key, and that elegant wine combined with acidity will see this hold well. At ten dollars cheaper than Shaw + Smith's M3 it's a very attractive premium regional offering.

93 points

"Latterly it asserts itself, dark and pronounced" - 2017 Definitus Pinot Noir

Author: 
Stuart Robinson
Source: 
The Vinsomniac
Review Date: 
June 2019

Something akin to a block level wine off the Fleurieu's Foggy Hill Vineyard. The Definitus strip being a sub-Ridge formed where ferruginuous sandstone comes close to the surface. The strip also marks a delineation between two rows of two Bernard Clones (115 and 117, planted in 2003).

Highly perfumed, violets, sour cherry, slight spirited/lifted note. Starts segueing to black fruit hints, as though they're being summoned from the wine's depths.

Light, fine tannin, makes its presence known initially. Carries with it a dark presentation, earthy and coffee grounds like in profile.

Latterly it asserts itself, dark and pronounced, it's tight and closed at this juncture - cellar for a minimum of five years, drink over a further five to fifteen.

93 points

"Very savoury and quite delicious" - 2017 Definitus Pinot Noir

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
January 2019

This is smoky and savoury, scented with dried herb and dried flowers like the regular Foggy Hill, but with a little more density, flesh and concentration. Very savoury and quite delicious, the finish long and harmonious.
94 points

"Nice depth to the colour" - 2017 Definitus Pinot Noir

Author: 
Nick Butler
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
June 2019

Nice depth to the colour. instantly smoky, peaty, charry nose. Cloves and rosemary wrestle with graphite and a charming tease of mulberry fruit. Tannins are chalky. This needs time
90 Points

Wine Companion 2020

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Halliday Wine Companion 2020
Review Date: 
August 2019

Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
This is the oldest of the three Tiers Vineyard blocks, with 2ha planted in '70 of what Croser calls the OF clones, which has a history to make Conan Doyle happy. It's a Californian clone that was eradicated there because of leaf roll virus - the cuttings were not infected when Croser brought them to Australia. The vinification was the same as for the 1.5m, but this is decidedly more complex than its sibling, confidently filling the mouth with balanced fruit flavours.
96 points (2031)

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