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Piccadilly Valley 2010 Chardonnay Latest Reviews

A comparative tasting

Andrew Graham
Australian WIne Review
Review Date: 
23rd of April 2013

The following reviews are taken from an article written by Andrew Graham on a comparative tasting of Tapanappa's Chardonnay's amd Pinot Noir's alongside Domaine Chanson's Burgundy offerings.

Original article:

Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2010

Top Burgundian vineyard dirt Sourced from the younger, close-planted vines in the Tiers vineyard. A warmer season in 2010. Fermented in barrique and spends 10 months in oak. 12.8% alc. pH 3.04

2010 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay - of substance and power

Campbell Mattinson
The Wine Front
Review Date: 
2nd of April 2013

This is the younger sibling of the Tiers Vineyard release. It’s grown on the same chardonnay vineyard, though the vines this was grown on were planted in 2001. i.e. much younger vines. This 2010 release has been in the market for at least 12 months, if not 24, but it’s the first time I’ve tasted it. It’s at a good stage of its life now.

Spicy, sawdusty, almost coconutty oak has largely sunk down into the fruit – though it’s still evident, still leaves its sexy trail. I reckon I could go this wine. White peach, nectarine, grapefruit. A wine of substance and power. Not over-wrought. Juicy finish. Essence of chardonnay, in the fuller style. It will improve too.

Rated : 92+ Points
Drink : 2013 - 2018

2010 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay - 94 points, two glasses

Nick Stock
Good Wine Guide 2012
Review Date: 
October 2011

Bright-gold in the glass, this has an instant air of complexity about it, with creamy lees-derived aromas, some nougat, honeysuckle and plenty of ripe white-peach fruit below; the oak's toasty and fresh. In the mouth it's a powerful wine, with composure, strength and layered structure. Very impressive drive, toasted hazelnut flavours waft through pear and white peach, and there's brisk acidity and a long, sizziling finish.

Score: 94 points, two glasses

Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2010 - Woah!

Andrew Graham
Review Date: 
29th of August 2011

Sourced off younger, close spaced vines in the Tiers vineyard, this is effectively the second wine to the 'Tiers' Chardonnay and carries more than a little of that worthy DNA. Think hand picking, alcohol and malolactic ferment in barrel (50% new) where it then spent the next 10 months before bottling without filtration.

If there is one thing that Brian Croser clearly knows it's his oak. You can tell that simply by sticking your nose in the glass here, with one of the first whiffs being one of oak. It's sexy time oak, even it's just a fraction too dominant right now. It's the sort of oak that I'd want my Chardonnay in (if I was making a Chardonnay like this).

Piccadilly Chardonnay 2010 - 94 points

James Halliday
Australian WIne Companion
Review Date: 
27th of July 2011

Bright mid-gold; a restrained and elegant bouquet of white peach, grapefruit, cashew and well handled toasty oak; the palate is fresh on entry and deeply textured with a generous core of sweet fruit; laser like acidity draws out the finish to a long, even and toasty conclusion.

94 points / 5 goblets - Drink by: 2016

2010 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

SA Life
Review Date: 
June 2011

Brian Croser led Australia's chardonnay romance by planting the Tiers vineyard at Piccadilly in 1978, though his significant reassessment on how to best treat this grape variety is indicative of Australia's renewed success with chardonnay. For his family's Tapanappa label, Croser has produced a wine that emphasises vibrant fruit ripeness rather than rounded, developed characters - capturing a truly Australian essence rather than chasing Burgundian style. Free-run juice from the hand-harvested grapes were fermented in French oak barriques for 10 months, going through full malolactic fermentation without getting broad and buttery, then bottled without filtration in February and shipped immediately to market. As a result, it boasts fresh peach flavours and tangy minerality, enhanced by refreshing acidity for a clean, crisp finish.

Getting a premature Chard on

Patrick Haddock
Wining Pom
Review Date: 
26th of May 2011

Tapanappa 2010 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Lovely signature of peaches and cream like a subtle Peach Melba desert, a touch of vanilla and caramel. Gorgeous oak accent and some citrus and nectarine all vieing for attention. The palate shows, citrus, burnt apple and grilled nuts, some really great texture before a long spicy oak finish. Complex and refined, elegant and impressive.

Original review:

Top Aussie White - Piccadilly Valley 2010 Chardonnay

Huon Hooke
Sydney Morning Herald - Good Living
Review Date: 
17th of May 2011

Tastings by Huon Hook

Top Aussie White - Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2010

This new wine is a little brother to Tapanappa's Tiers Chardonnay. It has a rich, full-blown stonefruit and nutty bouquet showing lees and barrel-ageing characters. High acidity and rich, generous fruit flavours of peach and cashew nut; not overtly oaky.

Now to four years.