Tiers Vineyard Latest Reviews

"It has balance, flavour and elegance nicely sewn up" - 2017 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson
Source: 
Wine Front
Review Date: 
April 2019

Well priced, well made, well grown and well flavoured. If I was out and about and I saw this, I wouldn’t hesitate. It’s driven by apple-like flavours but stonefruit, cedarwood and honeysuckle characters come into play too. It has a refreshing wash of acidity and it gives the impression that it will be better again given extra time in bottle. But right now it has balance, flavour and indeed elegance nicely sewn up.

93 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

"Slippery-smooth and racy with acidity" - 2017 Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay

Author: 
Campbell Mattinson
Source: 
The Wine Front
Review Date: 
March 2019

From a section of vineyard re-planted to Bernard clones in 2003. The vines are planted 1.5 x 1.5 metres apart, hence the name. Straw-yellow in colour. It’s both slippery-smooth and racy with acidity. Indeed acidity is a keen player here, though it comes strung with white peach, cedarwood and grapefruit flavours. It feels elegant, it feels fine-fingered, it feels svelte and it feels in need of time. It’s on its way to a very good place; I hovered score-wise around 93-94 but after giving it time it fell firmly on the higher side.

94 points

"Another great Tapanappa Chardonnay" - 2017 Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: 
Andrew Graham
Source: 
ozwinereview.com
Review Date: 
October 2018

Another great Tapanappa Chardonnay. Sourced from a block of close-planted vines planted in 2003 on the Tiers property, this is quite a contrast to the more linear Tiers (which still has its measure). From the outset, this is more opulent and mouthfilling, the flavours sliding into nutty richness and peach, the finish toasty and full. It’s a model, traditional Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, with oak, lees and ripe fruit playing a part, delivering a wine of unashamed depth, complexity and real quality.

94 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.

"It marries elegance with vitality" - 2017 Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay

Author: 
Tony Love
Source: 
Tony Love Journalist
Review Date: 
October 2018

You’ll notice on the front label of this fabulous Hills Chardonnay that Tapanappa proprietor Brian Croser clearly defines this as a Piccadilly Valley wine, the Tiers site being where he set up home and winery, the latter begun as Petaluma in 1979 and after a rocky history of corporate wrangling, now under the Tapanappa livery, is once again back with him privately. He celebrates the Piccadilly Valley like no other, and the three Chardonnays from there are stunners, this specifically from one side of the vineyard replanted in 2003 to defined clones in very close spacing – hence the 1.5M marking.

Gold medal and Critics Choice - Sommelier Wine Awards

Source: 
Sommelier Wine Awards
Review Date: 
May 2018


It was an impressed judging panel that elevated this Chardonnay to Gold, with its ‘struck match, smoky bacon nose, tahini and rich yellow orchard fruits, sappy acidity and elegance’, as team leader Nigel Lister put it, also noting that it was ‘young, but with great potential’. Meanwhile Lazaros Engonopoulos of Coq d’Argent found it ‘immensely intense, with ripe white fruits and botanicals, notes of dried banana, avocado and freshly baked cake, and with buttery notes and a good, elegant finish’.

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Decanter World Wines Awards - Best in Show

Source: 
Decanter Magazine
Review Date: 
May 2018

We are very pleased to announce our 2016 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay has just been crowned with a Platinum Best in Show award at the Decanter World Wine Awards. This sees it placed in the top 50 wines across the entire global field of 17,000 entries.

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