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"Complex and confident" - 2017 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay

Author: 
James Halliday
Source: 
Halliday Wine Companion
Review Date: 
May 2019

This is the oldest of the three Tiers vineyard blocks, with 2ha planted in '70 of what Croser calls the OF clones, which has a history to make Conan Doyle happy. It's a Californian clone that was eradicated there because of leaf roll virus - the cuttings were not infected when Croser brought them to Australia. The vinification was the same as for the 1.5m, but this is decidedly more complex than its sibling, confidently filling the mouth with balanced fruit flavours.

97 points