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.
Sunday 1st of December “Piccadilly Pick-a-Dozen
10am - 1pm, Tapanappa Winery. Load up the car with wine for the festive season!
Taste and buy wines from Terre a Terre /DAOSA, Tapanappa, CRFT, Barratt Wines and Greenhill WInes.
Sausage sizzle, coffee, cherries and flower stall!
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An impressively powerful, concentrated wine with grapefruit and cedary oak aromas already quite complex and rich. Intense, tightly structured, long and powerful in the mouth. Still a baby. Drink now to six years. 95/100.
Food: Roast chicken
Australia sells more wine than any other country in the influential UK wine market. But that doesn?t mean that it enjoys the best reputation ? its wines are frequently dismissed as being over-ripe, over-alcoholic and over-exposed.
And although Australia itself is well known, there is very little recognition of the individual wine regions in the country ? in fact Barossa Valley in Australia was the least well-known major wine region in a recent survey of 3,000 regular wine drinkers in the US and UK.
So I set out to look for wines from Australia that have what the French like to call terroir ? that elusive link between place, climate, soil and winemaker that gives the best wines their sense of identity.
Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2007
Bright pale green-straw; as expected, an immaculately proportioned and balanced wine with great drive and impeccable line; all the vineyard and winemaker inputs are seamlessly welded, making flavour descriptors unnecessary.
In 1978 Brian Croser released Petaluma Chardonnay 1977, a pioneering oak-fermented, oak-matured wine of striking quality. It came from warm Cowra and was the forerunner of later Petaluma vintages sourced from Croser's vineyards in South Australia's cool Piccadilly Valley. Over time ?Tiers?, the earliest of those Piccadilly vineyards, produced distinctive wines and ultimately became the flagship Petaluma chardonnay. Today the ?Tiers? vineyard remains in Croser family hands and contributes fruit to both Petaluma and Tapanappa. Tapanappa shows the ripe, peachy flavours of the warm year ? in a distinctive fresh, very fine style, incorporating the deep texture and flavour complexities of barrel fermentation and maturation.
Tiers before bedtime? Not quite but it was an emotional experience nonetheless.
There's some smoothness of the cremé caramel and almond paste persuasion but here's a wine that's characterised by its intense crunchy acid and strong minerality. There's a white flower character too and the fruit flavour is, well, I?d tilt at sort of a light peach/apple/citrus combination but nothing really stands out - it tastes like Chardonnay more than anything specific - which is a very good thing in my book. Subtle and harmonious, bone dry and long. It's a big ticket item but you?re getting a pretty classy show for your money?and no food fights here either. Obviously I like this a lot.
Rated: 95 Points
Drink : 2010 - 2016
Brian Croser, partnered by the Cazes family of Lynch-Bages , and Champagne Bollinger, is behind this pure, precise wine, the star of my Chardonnay tasting at May's Decanter New World Fine Wine Encounter.
Very youthful and gangly, but an excellent chardonnay in the waiting. It's spicy and floral, with a waxy presence of melon and grapefruit, apple and pear, with undertones of stonefruit, fig and creamy vanilla oak. Long and chalky, it's austere and slatey, with concentrated fruit and pronounced oak wound up tightly by a briney, mineral and lemon sherbet like finish.
From the winemaker's family vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley of the Adelaide Hills, this is indisputably one of Australia's finest chardonnays. Barrel-fermented and lees-stirred, it has wonderful varietal character with superb fruit assisted by subtle oak.
Drink with free-range roast chicken.
Sometimes, you feel spoilt being asked to review wines. Drinking this chardonnay is one such occasion. Made by Brian Croser, it comes from his family's vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. every chardonnay technique has been applied in the making, yet the power of the fruit remains, it is focused and pure, with and incredible finish. Wow.