There are only a handful of wines in Australia where just one word will do to convey the seriousness and romance of the contents of the bottle?When Brian Croser planted the Tiers vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills he was not to know that the word ?Tiers? would, in the future, carry so much weight?.Tapanappa Tiers 2007 is the finest wine from this vineyard to date?
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Tiers Vineyard Latest Reviews
This wine is improving incrementally even dure the two months since its release. Vanilla pod, almond meal, star anise and fresh orange rind converge in incredible concentration and persistence. It's very Burgundian in shape, with ultra-fine, minerally acidity and sensational line and length. All it asks for is time for fruit and oak to meld. A great Tapanappa Tiers.
Former Petaluma chief winemaker Brian Croser has linked with the family that owns Bollinger Champagnes, and the Cazes family of Bordeaux, to produce site-specific Tapanappa wines of the highest quality. They come from the Whalebone vineyard in Wrattonbully, Croser's family vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, and a new vineyard on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The new-release 2007 Tiers Chardonnay ($75), and 2007 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir ($50), are both world-class wines, www.tapanappawines.com.au.
Made by Brian Croser, the Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 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 an incredible finish. Wow.
Bright, lemon-green; lovely line and focused fruit with complex cashews and fine citrus fruits on the long, generous finish; great texture and very supple.
Bright pale green-strawl 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.
...Brian Croser's Tappanappa, Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2007 Adelaide Hills was a tense, introvert and lime-scented wine...
Inquiring subsequently about how exactly the Tappanappa wine had been made, I found that the yeast had been a single strain isolated from a ?wild? fermentation seven years ago. Like the Sexton wines, it had been fermented and left unsulphured on the lees until the Australian spring, although this wine did go through malolactic fermentation.
The Tapanappa colaboration brings together local legend Brian Croser and French wine identities Jean-Michel Cazes and Arnould d'Hautefeuille. The result is high-quality wines such as this smoothly complex Adelaide Hills chardonnay. Stone fruit, grapefruit, mealy notes and nutty oak combine seamlessly in lush, creamy harmony. Long and tangy, mouth-filling and complete.
Brian Croser has made a beautiful Adelaide Hills chardonnay, delicate and understated but with great flavour complexity and refined texture. Bright and clean with grapefruit, nutty and smoky nuances, properly dry and focused.
Croser's wine, from the Tiers Vineyard (planted 1979) is an altogether more subtle wine ? luxurious but with finesse and a seamless integration of the fruit and barrel ferment and maturation elements. It just needs time in bottle.