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Sensational wine – 2016 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Black olive hue with red edges. So many moving parts to the bouquet: cedar, dark soy, tapenade, mixed red and black berries, oak is definitely firm. An opulent first sip; ripe blackberries and raspberries meld beautifully with licorice and softer plum notes. Time in the bottle has softened some edges. This is right in the slot –

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The palate is refreshing – 2018 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Medium to light straw-yellow hue, with a dominant note of sawn-timber and cedary oak in the aroma. The palate is refreshing with abundant lemony flavour and crisp, elevated acidity, the aftertaste tangy and nervy. This needs food, the acidity is a little shrill on its own.
90 points

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Global Chardonnay Masters success

The 2018 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay has won Gold at The Drinks Business 2019 International Chardonnay Masters

This continues a fantastic run, Master Chardonnay 2015, Gold 2016, Gold 2017

About the competition:
The Global Masters is a series of blind tasting competitions, drawing in entries from across the world.

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Top shelf Chardonnay – 2018 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

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. Dramatically concentrated but long and elegant. Essence of the variety. White peach and pear, chalk and honeysuckle, sweet cedarwood, toast. It all gathers and then soars through the finish.

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It’s rich and powerful – 2018 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Light to medium yellow hue, with a lightly smoky, wheaty-oak and roasted cashew nut bouquet, the palate intense and refined, long and saline. Oak is visible but not unbalanced, and will vanish in a year or so. It’s rich and powerful and fills the mouth with flavour, the finish and follow-through underlined by a subtle tannin grip.

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An impressive young Chardonnay – 2018 Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

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

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Conveys quality – 2018 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

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,

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Much bigger and more generous – 2018 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

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

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An outstanding wine – 2017 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

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

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Impressive wine, inherently complex – 2017 Foggy Hill Vineyard “Definitus” Pinot Noir

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.

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A very attractive premium regional wine – 2017 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

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.

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Latterly it asserts itself, dark and pronounced – 2017 Foggy Hill Vineyard “Definitus” Pinot Noir

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.

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Very savoury and quite delicious – 2017 Foggy Hill Vineyard “Definitus” Pinot Noir

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

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Nice depth to the colour – 2017 Definitus Pinot Noir

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

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Wine Companion 2020

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.

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The wine is rich and soft – 2015 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Deep, dark colour with a subtle purple trace, and the bouquet is earthy, woodsy, savoury and dry. The wine is rich and soft and ample, as well as savoury and strong on drying, powdery tannins. Oak is sitting on the wine somewhat; it may just need more time to emerge. The fruit is certainly concealed at this stage.

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Juicy, supple and warming – 2015 Whalebone Merlot Cabernet Franc

A ripe, rounded, fleshy red with accents of sweet-vanilla and coconut. Juicy, supple and warming. Decant well before serving to
harmonise the elements.

89 points

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It’s big, round and fruit sweet, with plenty of supple tannin – 2015 Whalebone Merlot Cabernet Franc

Deep, rich red with a tinge of brick-red in the colour, the bouquet strong on eucalyptus with menthol and linament notes. It’s full-
bodied and rich, fleshy and almost opulent in the mouth, the palate delivering intense Campari-like bitter- herb flavours. It’s big, round
and fruit-sweet, with plenty of supple tannin. (69% merlot,

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A wine of Terroir – 2015 Whalebone Merlot Cabernet Franc

Perenially exemplary Australian take on a classic right-bank (Bordeaux) blend.

Quite sullen, sitting there under a heavy oak shroud. There are lighter elements of spice and toast in that oak frame, slowly lifting to reveal glimpses of blackberry, tobacco, more seasoning.

Darker manifestation altogether, meaty and with a bitter chocolate element.

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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.

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Complex and confident – 2017 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

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.

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Extreme depth of flavour – 2015 Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

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

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Exceptional detail and power – 2017 Tiers 1.5M Chardonnay

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

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Delivers a superb drinking experience – 2017 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

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

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