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2019 Vintage Report - Small, Dry and Moderate

The description of the 2019 harvest is worthy of a politician or two.

The most startling aspect of the 2019 vintage in the Piccadilly Valley and to a lesser extent Wrattonbully, is the very low yield. Foggy Hill on the Fleurieu Peninsula yielded to expectation.

The low yield in the Piccadilly Valley was mainly because of the cold, windy and wet weather at the time of flowering (end of November), interfering with fruit set.

"Complex and confident" - 2017 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Halliday Wine Companion
Review Date: 
May 2019

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.

97 points

"Extreme depth of flavour" - 2015 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Author: 
Toni Paterson
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
April 2019

A delicious, well-made wine with ripe, vibrant fruit. What sets this wine apart from others is the extreme depth of flavour. I enjoy the energy of the mulberry and plummy fruit, as well as the gentle chocolatey richness. Only 320 dozen produced

94 points

"Exceptional detail and power" - 2017 Tiers 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: 
Toni Paterson
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
April 2019

A complete wine with exceptional detail and power. It has a core of lemony fruit plus hints of beeswax, meringue and nougat. Excellent drive and acidity

95 Points

"Delivers a superb drinking experience" - 2017 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
Toni Paterson
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
April 2019

A classy wine with a delicate fragrance of white flowers, fresh pears, oatmeal and lemon. The palate is beautifully sweet-fruited with excellent energy and drive, plus delicious lingering grapefruit flavours. It’s a high-quality wine that is extremely well-made that delivers a superb drinking experience

96 Points

"It has balance, flavour and elegance nicely sewn up" - 2017 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

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

Well priced, well made, well grown and well flavoured. If I was out and about and I saw this, I wouldn’t hesitate. It’s driven by apple-like flavours but stonefruit, cedarwood and honeysuckle characters come into play too. It has a refreshing wash of acidity and it gives the impression that it will be better again given extra time in bottle. But right now it has balance, flavour and indeed elegance nicely sewn up.

93 points

"Intense and Savoury" - 2017 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: 
Toni Paterson
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
February 2019

Wafting oatmeal aromas introduce a textural palate brimming with juicy lemon flavours. There is a beautiful vein of integrated acidity supporting the fruit. Intense and savoury

92 points

"Blow me down. This is beautiful." - 2017 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson
Source: 
The WineFront
Review Date: 
March 2019

The chardonnay vines on the Tiers Vineyard are now well over 30 years old, some 40+. It’s a 3-hectare vineyard spaced at 3330 vines per hectare. This release saw 33% new oak. Blow me down. This is beautiful. As in, exquisite. Complex, textural, elegant and long. Flint, white peach, vanilla pod, grapefruit and juicy pear. Cedar, smoked. Spice, dried. Makes you slow down and stop to admire it.

96 points

"Slippery-smooth and racy with acidity" - 2017 Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson
Source: 
The Wine Front
Review Date: 
March 2019

From a section of vineyard re-planted to Bernard clones in 2003. The vines are planted 1.5 x 1.5 metres apart, hence the name. Straw-yellow in colour. It’s both slippery-smooth and racy with acidity. Indeed acidity is a keen player here, though it comes strung with white peach, cedarwood and grapefruit flavours. It feels elegant, it feels fine-fingered, it feels svelte and it feels in need of time. It’s on its way to a very good place; I hovered score-wise around 93-94 but after giving it time it fell firmly on the higher side.

94 points

"Another great Tapanappa Chardonnay" - 2017 Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: 
Andrew Graham
Source: 
ozwinereview.com
Review Date: 
October 2018

Another great Tapanappa Chardonnay. Sourced from a block of close-planted vines planted in 2003 on the Tiers property, this is quite a contrast to the more linear Tiers (which still has its measure). From the outset, this is more opulent and mouthfilling, the flavours sliding into nutty richness and peach, the finish toasty and full. It’s a model, traditional Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, with oak, lees and ripe fruit playing a part, delivering a wine of unashamed depth, complexity and real quality.

94 points

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