Brian Croser is the man who founded pioneering winery, Petaluma, the first in the Adelaide Hills. He is known as Australia's original ?terroirist? for his unrelenting pursuit of his countryman, Dr AC Kelly's vision of 1867 that ?in the great diversity of soil and climate to be found in Australia, there is little doubt that every variety cultivated in Europe would somewhere find a suitable location.?
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Tiers Vineyard Latest Reviews
Lively, refined and beautifully focused, showing citrus, pineapple and green berry flavors that linger on the deft, complex finish. Best from
2011 through 2018. 1,500 cases made.?H.S.
Another powerful, multi-layered wine from Brian Croser. It opens slightly oaky and builds intense grapefruit flavours with other nuances. It's a tidy wine: dry, compact, refined and long in the mouth. 5+ years.
The hand-harvested Chardonnay from this seminal Adelaide Hills vineyard, first planted by Brian Croser in 1979, stood out for all of our Chardonnay judges for its purity and length. Both Louise and Tom noted "almonds" and "nuts", while straw, peach and lemon grass were some of the other notes. Andrew praised its "grain" and "completeness".
Highly attractive cashew and white nectarine approaches to this elite Hills white, deft-ripeness bringing out a fine balance of French oak, zesty pineapple acidity and delicate coriander and kaffir lime herbal lifts that make this an exotic and edgy wine. 95 points.
Probably should have left this in the cupboard for another five years at least, but what the heck, we had a chardonnay lover in our midst and couldn't resist the chance to show off. Claimed a few converts too. Super stuf. 9.2/10.
This has to be a serious contender for the title of Australia's best chardonnay. Made from fruit grown in veteran winemaker Brian Croser's family vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley of the Adelaide Hills, this is very much the product of a warm vintage with stone fruit and melon aromas and some distinct ripeness on the palate - but without any excesses. A wine in which fruit and oak are in perfect harmony; this is beautifully textured with immediate appeal.
Proof of the Grand Cru heights to which Brian Croser's Tiers Vineyard can aspire to even in a warmer than normal vintage, this is an utterly pure and pristine wine. It has razor-edge line and profound persistence with delightfully fresh lemon and white peach fruit and incredible minerality.
The 2007 Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay [$120 on the wine list] from the Piccadilly Valley is one of the best chardonnays ever made in Australia. It's a really finely structured wine with lovely stone-fruit favours.
First-class chardonnay from the Piccadilly Valley in South Australia ? as good a demonstration as there is of the quality being achieved in some of the vineyards in Australia chosen for their combination of cool climate and suitable soils. This has white-peach and citrus flavours, a nuttiness that comes from both the chardonnay and the French oak barriques (used for fermentation and ageing) and a beautifully polished, creamy texture. It's elegant, fascinating and can only become more complex. I expect it to become richer, nuttier, less lemony, more honeyed, but also more savoury. If you keep it until 2017, it may look quite cheap, too.