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Piccadilly Valley 2013 Chardonnay Latest Reviews

2015 Wines of the Year - 2013 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Tyson Stelzer
WBM Magazine
Review Date: 
February 2016

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.

95 points.

“Classy wine indeed.” - 2013 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Andrew Graham
Australian Wine Review
Review Date: 

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.

“stands apart” - 2013 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Chris Shanahan
Canberra Times
Review Date: 

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.

5 stars

“fine wine of terrific length” - 2013 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Huon Hooke
Review Date: 

Very fresh, tight, pristine fruit aroma of nectarine, meringue and cashew nut, the acidity is ferociously high and dominates the palate. It cries out for food. A very racy, fine wine of terrific length. I love the bouquet.

92 points
Drink: 2014 - 2020

“Brilliant, really.” - 2013 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Mike Bennie
The Wine Front
Review Date: 
14th August 2014

From a warmer than average year and the Tiers Vineyard. Barrel ferment occurred in 30% new French oak. No malolactic fermentation. Brian Croser worked his magic.

It’s at once a bold wine and a subtle wine, which sounds incongruous, but there’s full-on scents of sandalwood from oak influence, set amongst ripe stone fruit and really pretty lemon blossom/floral character. The calculated brute with the purity of fruit. Across the palate a wine that shines with the curves of oak fermentation and maturation, but reveals pin point detail in light citrussy acidity, a touch of brine-like minerality and a fleeting lick of smooth, vanilla, wood influence. It’s compact yet powerful, full across the mouth but refreshing. A dazzling wine in some respects. A wine that needs time too. Brilliant, really.

Rated: 94 Points
Drink: 2014 - 2024

WOW factor white - 96 points - 2013 Piccadilly Chardonnay

James Halliday
Wine Companion Magazine
Review Date: 
July 2014

The strictly disciplined winemaking credo of Brian Croser has worked very well indeed with this wine; the intensity of the varietal fruit expression has been perfectly captured, with no winemaker artefact anywhere on the horizon. With the benefit of screwcap, bred to stay with absolute certainty. The price is very modest given the pedigree of this wine.

96 points
Drink to 2023