A superb chardonnay by maestro Brian Croser. It's about understated complexity; fruit, oak, malolactic and lees characters are in harmony, with concentration and finesse. All it needs is time; if it evolves like the '05 it will be great.
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Certain politicians like to use the word "un-Australian" in a derogatory sense. I'll use it here in a very positive way. May Australian chardonnays are driven by fruit at the expense of complexity. Relatively few combine those two key aspects of wine in the way the best whites of Burgundy do. This one does. The nose is restrained and minerally in the manner of Corton Charlemagne. The palate delivers sheer joy to the chardonnay lover. It tastes more of the ground in which the grapes were grown, rather than peach or melon, or other common descriptors. Yet it's intense and long, and positively swallows its oak. The acid has some of the steeliness of Corton Charlemagne. This is brilliant wine that will improve further.
93 Points - #1 Rated Wine
The top rated wine in the report, the 2006 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay from Tapanappa comes from Adelaide Hills, the Piccadilly Valley. The Tiers vineyard site was planted by Brian Croser back in 1978 when he founded Petaluma Winery, and so represents some very old ? by Australian standards ? Chardonnay vines, although newer plantings include Dijon clones.
This is a plump, amply textured wine. Scents and flavors of toasted grain with white peaches and hazelnuts. Long and intense on the finish, echoing with toasty oak but also layers of vibrant fruit.
Brian Croser's efforts with Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay have finally paid off in a big way. This is a plump, amply textured wine that doesn?t lack for elegance, marrying scents and flavors of toasted grain with white peaches and hazelnuts. Long and intense on the finish, echoing with toasty oak but also layers of vibrant fruit. Drink now?2015.
Notably sweet, smooth texture. Just the merest hint of coffee and spice (perhaps because of the Vosges oak used? ? new and old). Good acidity but texture is really is its strong suit, from vines planted in 1979. Some creamy white peach flavours but by no means simple!