Tiers Vineyard 2017 Chardonnay Latest Reviews

Wine Companion 2020

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Halliday Wine Companion 2020
Review Date: 
August 2019

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. The vinification was the same as for the 1.5m, but this is decidedly more complex than its sibling, confidently filling the mouth with balanced fruit flavours.
96 points (2031)

"Complex and confident" - 2017 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Halliday Wine Companion
Review Date: 
May 2019

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. The vinification was the same as for the 1.5m, but this is decidedly more complex than its sibling, confidently filling the mouth with balanced fruit flavours.

97 points

"Delivers a superb drinking experience" - 2017 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
Toni Paterson
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
April 2019

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

"Blow me down. This is beautiful." - 2017 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson
Source: 
The WineFront
Review Date: 
March 2019

The chardonnay vines on the Tiers Vineyard are now well over 30 years old, some 40+. It’s a 3-hectare vineyard spaced at 3330 vines per hectare. This release saw 33% new oak. Blow me down. This is beautiful. As in, exquisite. Complex, textural, elegant and long. Flint, white peach, vanilla pod, grapefruit and juicy pear. Cedar, smoked. Spice, dried. Makes you slow down and stop to admire it.

96 points

"Top Tier" - 2017 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
Stuart Robinson
Source: 
thevinsomniac.com
Review Date: 
October 2018

Beautiful vanilla and creme French oak here. Sits over the top of some perfectly ripe stonefruit. Toasty, spicy oak greets you and runs long on the palate. A spine of precise acidity its focal point, as if guided by laser. That's probably best how to sum it up: exquisite, precise and unforced. Top tier (pun somewhat intentional) Chardonnay.

95 points

"3 Top Chardonnays"

Author: 
Huon Hook
Source: 
HuonHook.com
Review Date: 
October 2018

Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

Light, bright yellow colour, with a restrained bouquet showing some oak spice, plus citrus fruits and an edgy mineral quality, and the palate is taut and refined, intense and focused, reserved and still emerging from its shell. Intensity, line and length. It's a beautiful wine now and is promising to deliver more in the future.

95 points

Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay 2017

The bouquet is smoky and oak-kissed with a hint of marzipan or raw almond, while the palate is light-bodied and lean, admirably restrained and delicate. Tight, refined, penetrating flavour. Its straightforward in its youth, and enjoyable to drink now, although I suspect it will build much more complexity if cellars a while.