One of the very best in a distinguished line from the famous Adelaide Hills vineyard. Spicy, edgy lift on the nose, though it is on the palate that the brilliance of this wine really emerges. Deeply complex and powerful, yet delivered with a precise control and delicate understatement. Driving finish extends through the palate.
Best drinking: Now to 2023
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The greatness of Tiers shines, even in vines just 10 years of age. I love its lemon blossom fragrance, white peach concentration, tense magic acidity and seamless French oak, but most of all I love its fine, mineral, flinty texture.
Bright mid gold and showing a seamless, youthful style with prominent oak well balanced by pristine white peach, apple and praline fruit. dry, powerful and acid driven long lingering finish beautifully compact and effortless. A great vintage for Tapanappa.
Drinking Range: 2015 - 2025
Bright mid cherry colour. Sweet and pretty red cherry and raspberry fruit with a touch of new oak and attractive thyme herbal complexity. More fruit forward than previous release in a quite rounded and lush style finishing with spicy earthy complexity over a long and elegant finish.
Drinking Range: 2014 - 2020
Light to medium yellow colour, the bouquet spicy, ginger-ish and showing a lick of honey. There are refined, tight, spice and nut flavours and the acidity is quite high-toned and crisp. Long carry. Excellent wine. Lively acid, and the palate is more impressive than the bouquet, although the acid is perhaps a trifle strident. It just needs food.
Very appealing red and dark fruit aromas combine with smoky, toasty savoury notes and hints of dried herbs. Complex, subtly powerful with smooth, effortless tannins. Impressive.
LOVELY fresh wine, with intense stone fruit flavours, light butters. Will be a favourite among quality chardonnay lovers.
FOOD: Chicken curry
While some of the 2013 Adelaide Hills whites look just a little forward and flat, this Chardonnay seriously shines.
Much of that comes down to site - the Croser family's Tiers vineyard, planted to Chardonnay in 1979, has that resilience of old vineyards planted in the right place. Indeed I was there during the dry 2013 summer and the Tiers vines looked rudely healthy, even despite what was one of the warmest growing seasons on record (1317 degree days in 2013 vs the average of 1172).
Couple that perfect site with clever winemaking (I'd expect no less from Brian Croser and team) and it's of little wonder that this impresses.
Brian Croser's 2013 chardonnay delivers the rich, ripe, peachy varietal flavours of the warm vintage. Although Croser fermented then matured the wine for 10 months in oak barrels (30 per cent of them new), Tapanappa stands apart from many contemporary barrel-fermented chardonnay styles. Missing are the sulphur compounds that season so many others, and the flavours associated with the secondary malolactic fermentation, which Croser blocks. His approach leaves ripe varietal flavour at the centre, lifted by fresh natural acidity and coated with the sensuous texture derived from the time in barrel.
Medium to deep red colour with purple tints. The bouquet is smoky, toasty and savoury with very appealing red and dark fruit aromas, a kiss of stylish oak and hints of dried herbs. It is already quite a complex wine, and not minty. It's very intense and subtly powerful in the mouth, with great structure and persistence. The tannins are ample and smooth, and run the full length of the palate, drawing out the finish superbly. Impressive wine.
Drink: 2014 - 2034