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Tiers Vineyard Latest Reviews

Getting a premature Chard on

Patrick Haddock
Wining Pom
Review Date: 
26th of May 2011

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/

Top Aussie White - Piccadilly Valley 2010 Chardonnay

Huon Hooke
Sydney Morning Herald - Good Living
Review Date: 
17th of May 2011

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.


Review of the Tapanappa Wines range

Review Date: 
24th/25th of February 2011

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.

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

Peter Forrestal
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

Bob Tyrer
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)

Tony Love
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

Andrew Jefford
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

Tony Harper
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

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.


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.