Tiers Vineyard Latest Reviews

“very refined” - 2015 Tiers 1.5m Chardonnay

Author: 
Huon Hooke
Source: 
Gourmet Traverller WINE
Review Date: 
March 2017

A very refined, fruit-driven, almost Chablis-like style. Stony nuances just add to that perception. Lees, subtle oak, and some buttery touches contribute to a complex wine. Restrained intensity, and it responds well to airing.

94 points

“flinty precision as farewell” - 2015 Tiers 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: 
Gary Walsh
Source: 
The Wine Front
Review Date: 
09/11/2016

Stonefruit, white flowers, almond meal, almost a mint perfume, and fine spicy oak. Medium bodied, ripe fruit, but with citrus and firm flinty texture as a foil, almond gloss, intensity, and a huge push through the finish with ripe lemon and biscuitty flavour, and that flinty precision as farewell. You could decant if drinking now, though I’ say it needs time in bottle more than anything.

94+ points

“plenty to hang onto” - 2015 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
Tim White
Source: 
Australian Financial Review
Review Date: 
22/12/2016

A little muted to begin although the fruit (vineyard) quality billows with time in glass: restrained nashi skin, get deeper peach yellows and kernel with time. Has chew, peel and tightness in the mouth, an excercise in structure rather than flavour. But there's plenty to hang onto. Needs a while.

95 (97)/100

Great Whites - 2015 Tiers Vineyard 1.5M Chardonnay

Author: 
Tony Love
Source: 
The Advertiser - SA Weekend
Review Date: 
23/11/2016

Of three fine Tapanappa chardonnay iterations, ranging from $39 to $79, this comes from a small close-spaced section, clonally selected – we’re getting into deeply serious wine craft here – where the result is distinctively different, its white stone fruit flavours concentrated, acidity tight, and the mouthfeel superfine. Impressive.

5 stars

“length and finesse” - 2014 Tiers Chardonnay

Source: 
Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE
Review Date: 
1/7/2016

Complex cashew, vanilla, malt and gently dairy-like aromas; the palate soft and seamless, refined and long with savouriness, length and finesse. It's young and will build even greater character with a little more time.

“Wonderfully pure and impeccably balanced” - 2014 Tiers Chardonnay

Author: 
Tyson Stelzer
Source: 
WBM Magazine
Review Date: 
April 2016

Wonderfully pure and impeccably balanced. Effortlessly contrasts the richness of fig and white peach fruit, underscored by classy cashew nut French oak, and ties it all off seamlessly with lemon and lime zest and the crunchy malic acidity of this high site, accenting the mineral texture of 1,600 million year old geology.

96 points

“riposte to the cliché Oz Chardy of old” - 2014 Tiers Chardonnay

Author: 
Jancis Robinson
Source: 
jancisrobinson.com
Review Date: 
Feb 2016

Leesy, introvert nose, and pretty austere palate. Good concentration of fruit buried in here but it's certainly not coming out to play yet. Quite chewy on the end still, and bone dry. It's almost like the contrapuntal riposte to the cliché Oz Chardy of old.

16.5+

2015 Wines of the Year - 2013 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Author: 
Tyson Stelzer
Source: 
WBM Magazine
Review Date: 
February 2016

The greatness of Tiers shines, even in vines just 10 years of age. I love its lemon blossom fragrance, white peach concentration, tense magic acidity and seamless French oak, but most of all I love its fine, mineral, flinty texture.

95 points.

“among the finest examples in this country” - 2014 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
Dave Brookes
Source: 
Adelaide Review
Review Date: 
February 2016

Brian Croser certainly doesn't need any introduction to those who worship Bacchus, as his name is synonymous with Australian fine wine. Tapanappa began its life in 2002 with a partnership between Brian and Ann Croser and Bollinger of Champagne and the Cazes family of Lynch Bages in Pauillac, Bordeaux; no denying the pedigree involved here.

The Tiers vineyard was planted in 1979, the first vineyard planted in the Adelaide Hills region in the 20th century. It's certainly a special site, producing wines that consistently rank among the finest examples of the variety in this country. 2014 was a cool vintage in the Adelaide Hills and it is immediately apparent after the first sip that this is a wine of great restraint and elegance.

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