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Tiers Vineyard Latest Reviews

Looking back at Australian Chardonnay

Author: 
Jancis Robinson
Source: 
Jancis Robinson
Review Date: 
May 2020

I think it was Xavier Bizot who had the idea of celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the planting of the Tiers vineyard in the Adelaide Hills in 1979.

He is the son-in-law of Brian Croser, who initially planted the vines for his nascent Petaluma wine operation. Much wine has flowed under the bridge since then, including the sale of Petaluma in 2001 to Asian brewers Lion Nathan and the establishment of the Croser family’s own Tapanappa label in the old Petaluma winery from 2015.

"The palate is refreshing" - 2018 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
December 2019

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

"Global Chardonnay Masters success"

Author: 
The Drinks Business
Source: 
Global Chardonnay Masters
Review Date: 
December 2019

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. One of the key elements to its success is the quality and the dedication of the judges involved.

Every wine is measured on the taste of its grape and the skill of its winemaker. For the first time all preconceived ideas about the importance of location are pushed to one side as wines from across the world are judged by style and price exclusively.

"Top shelf Chardonnay" - 2018 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson
Source: 
Wine Front
Review Date: 
January 2020

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. Top shelf chardonnay without a doubt. Will be better again in a year or two.
95 points

"It's rich and powerful" - 2018 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
December 2019

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. This vintage is remarkably overt for a young Tiers.
94 points

"An impressive young Chardonnay" - 2018 Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
December 2019

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

"Conveys quality" - 2018 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
Stuart Robinson
Source: 
The Vinsomniac
Review Date: 
November 2019

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, married to a fine vein of acid, the omnipresent oak and with a certain presence that conveys quality.

Seemingly a hard one to pin down, undoubted quality, yet I kept coming back to that initial subtlety as it introduces itself. Poised, balanced, and before you know it, it's made itself at home and you've consumed a glass.

95 points

"Much bigger and more generous" - 2018 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
October 2019

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

"An outstanding wine" - 2017 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
The Real Review
Review Date: 
October 2019

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

A very attractive premium regional wine - 2017 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: 
Stuart Robinson
Source: 
The Vinsomniac
Review Date: 
May 2019

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.

As ever balance is key, and that elegant wine combined with acidity will see this hold well. At ten dollars cheaper than Shaw + Smith's M3 it's a very attractive premium regional offering.

93 points

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