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95 points | The Wine Front – 2020 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: Campbell Mattinson
Source: The Wine Front
Date: Feb 2022

The chardonnay vines on the Tiers Vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley are all now well over 30 years old though some were planted in the late 1970s.

This is an intense glide of beautiful chardonnay flavour. It had me hooked straight up. There’s an amount of struck match character here too, for the record,

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“Top value for money” 93 Points | Huon Hooke – 2020 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Feb 2022

Medium yellow colour, with a very rich, multi-faceted bouquet of buttered toast, roast hazelnut and candle wax. The wine is intense and mouthfilling, soft and rounded, with a slight impression of sweetness balanced by harmonious acid and tannin on the finish. It’s an affordable example of the full chardonnay symphony. Top value for money.

93 points

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“Fresh but also quite potent” 92 Points | Anne Krebiehl MW – 2020 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: Anne Krebiehl MW
Source: https://www.falstaff.com/en/
Date: Feb 2022

A most tender nose unites an overtone of jasmine with gentle notes of hazelnut and a citric note of creaminess. The palate shows concentration immediately and quite some punch – that is accompanied by equally pronounced freshness. The mid-palate has a creamy texture, full of citrus pith. This is fresh but also quite potent.

92 points

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“Sleek, thoroughbred beauty” 94 points | Anne Krebiehl MW – 2020 Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: Anne Krebiehl MW
Source: https://www.falstaff.com/en/
Date: Feb 2022

A lovely sense of smokiness precedes the hazelnut notions on the nose. A touch of ripe yellow plum adds an irresistible sense of juiciness. The palate then unites exquisite, soaring freshness with absolute linearity and concentration. A toasty sense of oak harmonises with yellow plum and lemon to give aromatic colour to this sleek, thoroughbred beauty.

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“Beautiful, vivid and memorable.” – 2019 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: Anne Krebiehl MW
Source: https://www.falstaff.com/en/
Date: Feb 2022

Subtle woodsmoke, Mirabelle jelly, wet loam and ripe lemon on the nose make for a dramatic and complex opening. The palate is immediately concentrated, a perfect calibration of creaminess and citric verve, all delivered with a super-fluid, smooth mouthfeel and super-charged, linear freshness. There is something urgent, something deeply refreshing and direct about the lemon purity of this wine,

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Tapanappa Unveils Latest Chardonnay Vintage

Author: Anne Krebiehl MW
Source: Falstaff
Date: Feb 2022

As a pioneer of Australian cool-climate viticulture, Brian Croser was the first to plant Chardonnay in the Adelaide Hills – now his latest vintage is out.

Few people can claim pioneer status in the 21st century but Brian Croser can: he was the first to plant vines in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills in 1979 – in the Tiers Vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley.

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“Long, layered, lovely” – Silver | The Global Pinot Noir Masters 2022 – 2019 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Source: The Global Pinot Noir Masters 2022
Date: Dec 2021

Pale ruby, some brick redInteresting nose, some dried grass, hay, spearmint, dried herbs, but also sweet red berry and vanilla, then fresh orangePalate also mixed sweet chocolate and vanilla oak and ripe berry fruit with some orange and dried grass, interesign mix, sweet n sour, layered, refined and soft too, fine tannin. Long, layered, lovely.

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“It’s creamy and leesy, textural and long, but not heavy in the least. ” – 2020 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: Jeni Port
Source: https://www.winecompanion.com.au
Date: Dec 2021

Hand-picked fruit, chilled in trays, whole-berry pressed, fermented in French oak barriques (one-third new). Matured in barrel on full lees. From a year of frost and fire comes, according to Brian Croser, a ‘miracle’. The 2020 offers a celebration not only of fruit but life, a beauty of a chardonnay fresh and immediate in appeal but oh so capable of a much longer time in bottle.

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“Give it time, it will be rewarded. ” – 2020 Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: Jeni Port
Source: https://www.winecompanion.com.au
Date: Dec 2021

This young chardonnay vineyard, just 13 years old, is starting to fully express itself. It’s a little racy in a chablis kind of way, sporting brisk acidity and keen, juicy fruit. Opens with aromas of lemon blossom, all lemony clean and bright. Nougat, Granny Smith apple and lemon rind busy the palate, oak is worked into the budding almond mealy,

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Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay 2019 – Master Medal

Author: The Drinks Business
Source: The Global Chardonnay Masters 2021
Date: Dec 2021

Pale lemon-green; smoky-toasty oak, apricot, orange blossom, white peach; pristine, bracing acidity, mid-weight, richly fruited, layered and textured, spicy, long. More-ish. Savoury.

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Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 – Gold Medal

Author: The Drinks Business
Source: The Global Chardonnay Masters 2021
Date: Dec 2021

Quite delicate, but complex nose, hint of smoke, chalk, toast, and stone fruit. Palate has some creaminess, vanilla oak, toast, smoke, some warmth, along with peach and pear fruit, then some apple freshness. Good. Layered, youthful. Lively and chalky.

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Live podcast “Cork Talk” with Tim Atkins MW

Author: Tim Atkin
Source: Tim Atkin MW
Date: Oct 2021

Listen to Brian’s live podcast “Cork Talk” with Tim Atkins MW on Brian’s thoughts about Australian fine wine and the future of fine wine world:

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2XSErrxRTCziVWJziLbmjw?si=57ErAnmzQRmdN3oUGtzt-A

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“Thrilling Chardonnay” 97 points | No.46 of Top 100 Wines of Australia 2021 | James Suckling – 2020 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: James Suckling
Source: www.jamessuckling.com
Date: Oct 2021

This parcel has performed so impressively in 2020, with trademark white-peach aromas and a subtle lemon-cream edge. The oak is so well integrated here. There’s impressive seamlessness on the palate with citrus-nuanced stone fruit carrying so long and fresh. Thrilling chardonnay. Drink or hold.

97 points

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“The intensity is impressive” 94 points | James Suckling – 2020 Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: James Suckling
Source: www.jamessuckling.com
Date: Oct 2021

This offers the same blend of lemon and white peach seen in the old-vine Tiers Chardonnay from this vintage, with greater oak influence reading in the wine for now. The intensity is impressive, with acidity driving a vivid, powerful palate. Drink over the next five years. Screw cap.

94 points

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Croser reflects on 40 years of industry politics – and nothing much has changed!

Author: Brian Croser
Source: WBM
Date: Sep 2021

On September 30 I retire by decree, as a director of Wine Australia after an eventful seven years including three quite different iterations of the board and two chairpersons, not counting an interim chairperson.

I am the only soldier left standing from the initial board of Wine Australia, beginning as an amalgamation of the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation and the Australian Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation in July 2014.

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The Life of Brian

Author: Anthony Madigan
Source: WBM
Date: Sep 2021

We can never know About tomorrow Still we have to choose Which way to go

You and I are standing At the crossroads Darling, there is one thing You should know

When I joined a wine publishing house 21 years ago my boss Paul Clancy gave me his old tuxedo for all those dinners he didn’t want to go to,

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Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay 2019 – 92 points Silver

Author: Tyson Stelzer
Source: Halliday Wine Companion 2022
Date: Aug 2021

Tiers Vineyard replanted in 2003 to clones 76 and 95 at 1.5m row spacing. Close planting produces earlier ripening and fuller flavours, yielding a generous style in this warm year. Pristine white peach fruit glimpses at mandarin exotics, underscored by toasty, spicy, honeyed French oak. The signature tense acidity of this cool site defines a lively,

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Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 – 93 points Silver

Author: Tyson Stelzer
Source: Halliday Wine Companion 2022
Date: Aug 2021

450m elevation; planted 1979, the first vineyard in the modern Adelaide Hills. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of its planting, this fabled site experienced a much warmer vintage than average in 2019. Classic fig and white peach notes have edged toward orange and mandarin exoticism, carrying all the power of Tiers in a full-bodied palate of spicy,

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94 points Silver | Tyson Stelzer – 2019 Foggy Hill Vineyard Definitus Pinot Noir

Author: Tyson Stelzer
Source: Halliday Wine Companion 2022
Date: Aug 2021

Characterful and energetic, this is probably the most distinctive pinot that Brian Croser has drawn from his Foggy Hill Vineyard yet. The best clones in the best part of the site unite in a savoury style, filled with beetroot, Moroccan souk and bay leaf. Juicy strawberries and red cherries of a warm season offer flesh and body,

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Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2017 – 94 points Silver

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Source:
Date: Aug 2021

Signature Wrattonbully, from menthol-tinted aromatics and cassis-defined palate to fine-grained, powdery, chalk-dusted tannins. A cool season heightens tang, freshness, endurance and beauty. Everything works together confidently for a future as long as the cork holds out. 

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95 points Gold | Halliday Wine Companion 2022 – 2017 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Author: Tyson Stelzer
Source: Halliday Wine Companion 2022
Date: Aug 2021

A cooler season works its magic, lifting the violet perfume of cabernet, the black pepper of shiraz, the bright tang of acidity and the fine-ground energy of enduring, chalk-bound tannins. Regional menthol assumes its rightful place. Medium-bodied effortlessness is refreshing. A keeper.

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96 points Gold “Top Rated” | Halliday Wine Companion 2022 – 2019 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Author: Tony Love
Source: Halliday Wine Companion 2022
Date: Aug 2021

15% of the fruit was placed at the bottom of the fermenting tubs, progressively crushed. Each block was pressed separately, and clonally, then settled and matured on full lees in one-third new barriques for 10 months. A darker note of berry here – blueberry and black cherry. It’s fully fragrant, with the stems adding their woody spice and seasoning.

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95 points | Huon Hooke – 2020 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Aug 2021

Light yellow colour. The nose is reductive, smoky matchstick, a kiss of oak too, in balance. Small flowers, quite lovely fruit-driven aromas. The palate is soft and round and refined, tapering a bit towards the back. The acid is a trifle firm, but the steeliness would help it go with food. Mouth-watering finish. It’s young and will be even better next year.

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98/100 | Ray Jordan – 2020 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: Ray Jordan
Source: The West Australian
Date: Aug 2021

If you cast your mind back to the very beginning of Covid last year you might think the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse got a head start when fires ravaged many vineyards in the Eastern States. But their work was only beginning

With extreme heat, fire, smoke and then rain, you could assume that as vintages go this was close to Hell.

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