Definitively sophisticated in its sleek profile, offering satiny curves of ripe stone fruit, green apple and sexy, nougat-scented oak, the wine feels molten and flowing over it's impressive length, but doesn't forget to cleanse the palate with revitalising acidity. There's a sense of a wine captive in its youthful shell too; a portent for its impressive cellaring future.
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One of the very best in a distinguished line from the famous Adelaide Hills vineyard. Spicy, edgy lift on the nose, though it is on the palate that the brilliance of this wine really emerges. Deeply complex and powerful, yet delivered with a precise control and delicate understatement. Driving finish extends through the palate.
Best drinking: Now to 2023
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.
Bright mid gold and showing a seamless, youthful style with prominent oak well balanced by pristine white peach, apple and praline fruit. dry, powerful and acid driven long lingering finish beautifully compact and effortless. A great vintage for Tapanappa.
Drinking Range: 2015 - 2025
Light to medium yellow colour, the bouquet spicy, ginger-ish and showing a lick of honey. There are refined, tight, spice and nut flavours and the acidity is quite high-toned and crisp. Long carry. Excellent wine. Lively acid, and the palate is more impressive than the bouquet, although the acid is perhaps a trifle strident. It just needs food.
LOVELY fresh wine, with intense stone fruit flavours, light butters. Will be a favourite among quality chardonnay lovers.
FOOD: Chicken curry
While some of the 2013 Adelaide Hills whites look just a little forward and flat, this Chardonnay seriously shines.
Much of that comes down to site - the Croser family's Tiers vineyard, planted to Chardonnay in 1979, has that resilience of old vineyards planted in the right place. Indeed I was there during the dry 2013 summer and the Tiers vines looked rudely healthy, even despite what was one of the warmest growing seasons on record (1317 degree days in 2013 vs the average of 1172).
Couple that perfect site with clever winemaking (I'd expect no less from Brian Croser and team) and it's of little wonder that this impresses.
Brian Croser's 2013 chardonnay delivers the rich, ripe, peachy varietal flavours of the warm vintage. Although Croser fermented then matured the wine for 10 months in oak barrels (30 per cent of them new), Tapanappa stands apart from many contemporary barrel-fermented chardonnay styles. Missing are the sulphur compounds that season so many others, and the flavours associated with the secondary malolactic fermentation, which Croser blocks. His approach leaves ripe varietal flavour at the centre, lifted by fresh natural acidity and coated with the sensuous texture derived from the time in barrel.
Very fresh, tight, pristine fruit aroma of nectarine, meringue and cashew nut, the acidity is ferociously high and dominates the palate. It cries out for food. A very racy, fine wine of terrific length. I love the bouquet.
Drink: 2014 - 2020
From a warmer than average year and the Tiers Vineyard. Barrel ferment occurred in 30% new French oak. No malolactic fermentation. Brian Croser worked his magic.
It’s at once a bold wine and a subtle wine, which sounds incongruous, but there’s full-on scents of sandalwood from oak influence, set amongst ripe stone fruit and really pretty lemon blossom/floral character. The calculated brute with the purity of fruit. Across the palate a wine that shines with the curves of oak fermentation and maturation, but reveals pin point detail in light citrussy acidity, a touch of brine-like minerality and a fleeting lick of smooth, vanilla, wood influence. It’s compact yet powerful, full across the mouth but refreshing. A dazzling wine in some respects. A wine that needs time too. Brilliant, really.
Rated: 94 Points
Drink: 2014 - 2024