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
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The strictly disciplined winemaking credo of Brian Croser has worked very well indeed with this wine; the intensity of the varietal fruit expression has been perfectly captured, with no winemaker artefact anywhere on the horizon. With the benefit of screwcap, bred to stay with absolute certainty. The price is very modest given the pedigree of this wine.
Drink to 2023
Bright green-yellow; a wine born of Brian Croser's long experience with the Piccadilly Valley and chardonnay; white peach and melon fruit is interwoven with finely judged oak, the mlf handled expertly.
Bright green-yellow; a wine born of Brian Croser’s long experience with the Piccadilly Valley and chardonnay; white peach and melon fruit is interwoven with finely judged oak, the mlf handled expertly.
Drink to 2017
Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 Piccadilly Valley
"Smoky nose. [...] Still quite youthful but you can see where it is headed. Pretty chewy for the moment but nice savour. Really succulent."
Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Fleurieu Peninsula
"Quite a rich array of aromas on the nose – not a burgundy copy but something very interesting and valid. Dry finish. A hint of iron filings on the finish but it really goes on in the mouth. Well done!"
Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2008 Wrattonbully
The following reviews are taken from an article written by Andrew Graham on a comparative tasting of Tapanappa's Chardonnay's amd Pinot Noir's alongside Domaine Chanson's Burgundy offerings.
Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2010
Top Burgundian vineyard dirt Sourced from the younger, close-planted vines in the Tiers vineyard. A warmer season in 2010. Fermented in barrique and spends 10 months in oak. 12.8% alc. pH 3.04
This is the younger sibling of the Tiers Vineyard release. It’s grown on the same chardonnay vineyard, though the vines this was grown on were planted in 2001. i.e. much younger vines. This 2010 release has been in the market for at least 12 months, if not 24, but it’s the first time I’ve tasted it. It’s at a good stage of its life now.
Spicy, sawdusty, almost coconutty oak has largely sunk down into the fruit – though it’s still evident, still leaves its sexy trail. I reckon I could go this wine. White peach, nectarine, grapefruit. A wine of substance and power. Not over-wrought. Juicy finish. Essence of chardonnay, in the fuller style. It will improve too.
Rated : 92+ Points
Drink : 2013 - 2018
Some will say that it could do without all the oak. And it probably could. Then again, that would make it a completely different wine…
Textured and toasty, powerful and structured. Grapefruit, melon and yellow peach with a wicked mineral streak and savoury lees action kicking in on the midpalate. Almonds and spice as well. It’s the length that lifts it to a whole new level. Just goes on and on. I’m happy to see this style executed with such class.
Long, tightly focused and already very complex, with a waxy, creamy bouquet of grapefruit, melon and fresh vanilla oak backed by nuances of ginger and butterscotch. Underpinned by waxy and nutty complexity, its evenly ripened, juicy presence of melon and grapefruit are deftly knit with creamy malolactic influences, a savoury minerality and suggestions of smoked meats. It finishes with brightness, tightness and a lingering core of pristine fruit.
Drink 2015 - 2018+
This is a forthright and concentrated style of chardonnay, with plenty of sweet oak layered into the mix of yellow stone fruit aromas, some creamy nougat complexity too. The palate delivers restarined fruit that has been lavished with rich, sweet, cedary oak, lovely length and power, taut texture too. Less oak would suffice here.
93 points / two glasses