Tiers Vineyard Latest Reviews

Top drops - Peter Forrestal rates three of the best for STM

Author: 
Peter Forrestal
Source: 
Sunday Times
Review Date: 
13th of February 2011

2008 Tapanappa Tiers Chardonnay

Brian Croser lives alongside the superb Tiers vineyard in the Adelaide Hills and coaxes one of the country’s finest chardonnays from its 30-year-old vines. This has restraint and fruit purity, wonderful texture and bright, refreshing acidity.

2009 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir

From a mild, dry growing season in Southern Fleurieu Peninsula in SA comes this brooding, age-worthy pinot that is tight, fine and showing power, restrained dark-cherry and raspberry-pith flavours.

2006 Tapanappa Whalebone Cabernet Shiraz

Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2008

Author: 
Bob Tyrer
Source: 
Sunday Times (UK)
Review Date: 
18th of November 2010

Work of art from Brian Croser, the Australian wine master. But still young, so pour into a jug for an hour to develop its flavours - stone, nuts, citrus honey - and don't serve it too cold. About 12C ought to be right.

Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 2008 Chardonnay - 97 points (Equal Top Chardonnay)

Author: 
Tony Love
Source: 
The Advertiser Top 100 Wines
Review Date: 
10th of November 2010

A small section of the Petaluma's Piccadilly Valley vineyard goes to Brian Croser's own gem, here with excitingly bright fruit, ginger and pineapple skin zing, citrussy acidity and five-star character.

97 points.

Andrew Jefford's Top Aussie Chardonnays

Author: 
Andrew Jefford
Source: 
Decanter Magazine
Review Date: 
October 2010

17.5 points / 20

Brian Croser, never one to shy from a challenge, managed to create one of the greatest Tiers to date during the fierce heat of March 2008. The notes of lemon, grapefruit and citrus zest are subtle and refined, yet astonishingly intense. Now - 2025.

Tiers Drops

Author: 
Tony Harper
Source: 
Brisbane News
Review Date: 
15th of September 2010

How do a couple of winemakers achieve such different results from fruit grown in the one vineyard?

Petaluma began its life in 1976 when Brian Croser bought some riesling fruit from Mitchelton, Victoria, and made the first Petaluma wine, with a vision to seek out “distinguished sites”. The next three years saw a gewurztraminer and a series of Cowra chardonnays. But by 1979, Cowra was given notice in favour of a steep, cool, sun-blessed site in Piccadilly Valley, South Australia. It became the vineyard that spawned Petaluma Chardonnay, Tiers Chardonnay and Croser sparkling.

By 1981, the future was in the bag and Petaluma was an amalgam of Clare Valley riesling, Adelaide Hills (Piccadilly) chardonnays and Coonawarra reds.
Petaluma became something of a legend in Australian vinous circles and made its mark globally.

Exploring South Australia's Back Roads

Author: 
Czerwinski
Source: 
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Review Date: 
17th of August 2010

Barossa and McLaren vale get the lion's share of the accolades, but other parts of South Australia are producing world-class wines that are distinctly different.

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At Petaluma, the early emphasis was on sparkling wines, back in 1976 when Brian Croser established it. The Piccadilly Valley is the coolest viticultural region in South Australia, and is the focus of the winery’s Chardonnay production, anchored by the Tiers Vineyard, which Croser planted in 1978. “It’s always been the backbone of the [Petaluma] blend,” says winemaker Andrew Hardy, now in his second stint with the winery.

Tapanappa 2008 Tiers Chardonnay - Top 100 Wines

Author: 
Robert Geddes MW
Source: 
Australian Wine Vintages 28th Edition 2011
Review Date: 
5th of August 2010

The 2008 Tiers Chardonnay has been named in Australia's Top 100 Wines by Robert Geddes MW in his latest edition of Australian WIne Vintages (aka. the gold book).

Certificate for Top 100 Wines for Tapanappa 2008 Tiers Chardonnay

Tiers Vineyard Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2008 - 5 Glasses - 96 Points

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
James Halliday Wine Companion 2011
Review Date: 
July 2010

Let's hope the chateau-length quality cork does justice to the wine through its life time, for this has marvellous varietal fruit flavour and intensity; immaculate oak handling adds the finishing touch; swells on the mid-palate, but is held by impressive acidity, the flavour lingering long in the mouth. Cork.

13.5% alc. Rating 96 Drink 2014 $80 Date Tasted Jul 09

Wine Masterclass - Tapanappa vs the superstars

Author: 
Andrew Graham
Source: 
Australian Wine Review
Review Date: 
July 18, 2010

I've banged on before about the quality of the Tapanappa range, particularly the Tiers Chardonnay, and I recently had the opportunity to put this quality to the test, with Brian Croser putting on a masterclass that pitted the Tapanappa wines against some established French and Australian benchmarks.

Typically, the benchmarks chosen were all very high quality, but also purposefully picked to highlight the positive aspects of the Tapanappa range (Croser at his craftiest). Regardless, the Tapanappa range acquitted themselves well, especially the soon to be released 2009 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot.

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