A tightly wound, restrained and unevolved bouquet of pear, grapefruit, spring florals and very fine toasty oak; the palate is taut, with the vibrant acidity providing line to the latent power of the fruit within; long, refreshing, fine and resoundingly pure.
Rating: 96 points / 5 Goblets
Drink By: 2020
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This is as classy as you would expect from a Brian Croser, Bollinger and Cazes family joint project. Barrel-fermented and oak-aged for 10 months, it is elegantly structured, tropical yet restrained, generous yet intense.
Bright-gold in the glass, this has an instant air of complexity about it, with creamy lees-derived aromas, some nougat, honeysuckle and plenty of ripe white-peach fruit below; the oak's toasty and fresh. In the mouth it's a powerful wine, with composure, strength and layered structure. Very impressive drive, toasted hazelnut flavours waft through pear and white peach, and there's brisk acidity and a long, sizziling finish.
Score: 94 points, two glasses
Tapanappa, Tiers Chardonnay 2008 Piccadilly Valley 18 Drink 2010-2014
Current release. Open, vegy nose. Big and bold and an attempt at a Burgundy grand cru rather than even a premier cru wine! Very toothsome indeed. Well done! Long. Some honey but no flab. Quite open compared with the Yattarna.
Original article http://www.jancisrobinson.com/tasting_articles/ta20110913.html
Sourced off younger, close spaced vines in the Tiers vineyard, this is effectively the second wine to the 'Tiers' Chardonnay and carries more than a little of that worthy DNA. Think hand picking, alcohol and malolactic ferment in barrel (50% new) where it then spent the next 10 months before bottling without filtration.
If there is one thing that Brian Croser clearly knows it's his oak. You can tell that simply by sticking your nose in the glass here, with one of the first whiffs being one of oak. It's sexy time oak, even it's just a fraction too dominant right now. It's the sort of oak that I'd want my Chardonnay in (if I was making a Chardonnay like this).
Bright mid-gold; a restrained and elegant bouquet of white peach, grapefruit, cashew and well handled toasty oak; the palate is fresh on entry and deeply textured with a generous core of sweet fruit; laser like acidity draws out the finish to a long, even and toasty conclusion.
94 points / 5 goblets - Drink by: 2016
Brian Croser led Australia's chardonnay romance by planting the Tiers vineyard at Piccadilly in 1978, though his significant reassessment on how to best treat this grape variety is indicative of Australia's renewed success with chardonnay. For his family's Tapanappa label, Croser has produced a wine that emphasises vibrant fruit ripeness rather than rounded, developed characters - capturing a truly Australian essence rather than chasing Burgundian style. Free-run juice from the hand-harvested grapes were fermented in French oak barriques for 10 months, going through full malolactic fermentation without getting broad and buttery, then bottled without filtration in February and shipped immediately to market. As a result, it boasts fresh peach flavours and tangy minerality, enhanced by refreshing acidity for a clean, crisp finish.
Tapanappa 2010 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay
Lovely signature of peaches and cream like a subtle Peach Melba desert, a touch of vanilla and caramel. Gorgeous oak accent and some citrus and nectarine all vieing for attention. The palate shows, citrus, burnt apple and grilled nuts, some really great texture before a long spicy oak finish. Complex and refined, elegant and impressive.
Original review: http://www.winingpom.com.au/2011/05/getting-an-early-chard-on/
Tastings by Huon Hook
Top Aussie White - Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2010
This new wine is a little brother to Tapanappa's Tiers Chardonnay. It has a rich, full-blown stonefruit and nutty bouquet showing lees and barrel-ageing characters. High acidity and rich, generous fruit flavours of peach and cashew nut; not overtly oaky.
Now to four years.
I have a small number of Tapanappa wines in my cellar, but never tasted the full range until last night. I cannot think of another small Australian winery which produces four different wines at such an outstanding level. I much prefer these wines to Brian Croser's old Petaluma range. Every wine I tried I would rate in the 95/96 point range.
The 2008 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay is brilliant. Made in the style of a leading Montrachet, it undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation. Despite this, there is enough acidity to balance the ripe lemon and creamy flavours. The wine is matured in 50% new oak, and it shows, but it is not overwhelming. Not many Chardonnay vines in Australia benefit from the full French treatment, but this wine is outstanding and justifies its hefty price tag.