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.
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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.
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.