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A supreme ambassador of the variety and region. | Tony Love – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

Author: Tony Love
Source: InDaily
Date: May 2022

The chardonnay vines on the Tiers Vineyard in the PiThis comes from a vintage in the Piccadilly Valley that Tapanappa winemaker Brian Croser describes as “near-perfect”.  It’s a supreme ambassador of the variety and region, wafting at first with freshly cut grapefruit, a little orchard blossom then flowing straight into the same delicious set of flavours,

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Silver | The Global Pinot Noir Masters 2022 – 2018 Foggy Hill Vineyard “DEFINITUS” Pinot Noir

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Source: The Global Pinot Noir Masters 2022
Date: May 2022

Palish garnet with a hint of brick.

Correct.  Mid intensity.  Developing.  Red fruit, oak, herbal and spicy.

Dry, mid-low acidity, mid bodied, warm alcohol.  Decent grainy tannins.  Fruits follows through from the nose. Mid length.

Silver

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“Fresh but also quite potent” 96 Points | Anne Krebiehl MW – 2019 Tiers Valley Chardonnay

Author: Anne Krebiehl MW
Source: Falstaff
Date: May 2022

Subtle woodsmoke, Mirabelle jelly, wet loam and ripe lemon on the nose make for a dramatic and complex opening. The palate is immediately concentrated, a perfect calibration of creaminess and citric verve, all delivered with a super-fluid, smooth mouthfeel and super-charged, linear freshness. There is something urgent, something deeply refreshing and direct about the lemon purity of this wine,

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Three In A Row

Author: Brian Croser
Source:
Date: May 2022

Vignerons the world over, live with the caprice of nature, the weather God in particular.

The optimal result of a bountiful crop of outstanding quality grapes is a small sliver on the roulette wheel of weather dictated outcomes through a seven-month growing season, regardless of provenance.

More often the combination of a small crop of outstanding quality creates a consumer demand that can’t be met,

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An exercise in just-rightness | 94 points | Andrew Graham – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay 2021

Author: Andrew Graham
Source: Australian Wine Review
Date: May 2022

You remember when I pumped up the little brother wine to this new Tapanappa Tiers 1.5m Chardonnay 2021? This is a significant step up. Different though.

Drawn from the close-planted block across the path from the original Tiers 1979 plantings (tangent – there’s a photo of a young Brian Croser looking purposeful in his short sleeves among those young vines here),

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Richness and concentration | 94 points | Huon Hooke- Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Blend 2020

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: therealreview.com
Date: Apr 2022

Medium to deep ruby colour with purple tinges. The bouquet is oaky and pungent, with some camphor and mint-eucalypt forest overtones, the palate a bit rasping and astringent when first poured, with the flavours turning to polished leather, red fruits lurking largely obscured beneath. It needs time to mellow and soften. There is richness and concentration here,

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A bottle for the cellar | 18.5/20 | Andrew Graham- Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Blend 2020

Author: Andrew Graham
Source: http://ozwinereview.com/
Date: Apr 2022

A rarity, I guess. There is just this single release from Tapanappa’s Whalebone Vineyard in 2020 as there was just 8 tonnes of grapes harvested due to crap flowering. Who’d want to be a grapegrower, eh? It’s a whole vineyard blend too, featuring 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Cab Franc. What a big and lush beast it is too with the most seductive,

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Built for the long-term | 95 points | Angus Hughson – Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Blend 2020

Author: Angus Hughson
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Apr 2022

Deep crimson in colour followed by a compact and concentrated unashamedly claret stye with structure, fruit focus and longevity keys to its success. Robust blackberry, blackcurrant fruits to start well supported by spicy oak, then building with mulberry and graphite nuances. The palate is then dry, firm, bright and concentrated retaining youthful vitality with ironstone laced berry fruits supported by a rich bed of grainy tannins,

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South Australia’s cool 2022 vintage

Author: Brian Croser
Source:
Date: Apr 2022

Image of the current harvest at Foggy Hill Vineyard by Jodie Pilgrim.

It’s 3 pm on the first of April, April Fool’s Day, but nobody anywhere in the world is in prankish mode.

In the Piccadilly Valley in the centre of the Adelaide Hills it is 17 °C, the maximum temperature of this mid-autumn day.

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Yes, this is good | 94 points | The Vinsomniac – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay 2021

Author: Stuart Robinson
Source: The Vinsomniac
Date: Apr 2022

A sheeer delight from the get-go, with grilled peach and toasted hazelnuts. There’s a creaminess, almost a milky panacotta like offering, with perhaps a little herb – sage – steeped.

The palate is crisp, taut – a certain minerally quality and intensity through the mid to back palate. A touch of struck mack funkiness and a delightful line of grapefruity acidity tidying up the finish.

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This is stunning | 96 points | Campbell Mattinson – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

Author: Campbell Mattinson
Source: The Wine Front
Date: Mar 2022

The chardonnay vines on the Tiers Vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley are all now well over 30 years old though some are much older that that, having been planted in the late 1970s.

This is stunning. Intense with flavour, chalky of texture, long of finish. Flint, grapefruit, pear and peach flavours charge with authority through the palate.

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A resonating finish | 97 points | Andrew Caillard MW – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

Author: Andrew Caillard MW
Source: The Vintage Journal
Date: Mar 2022

Pale colour. Intense fresh grapefruit, lime, tonic water aromas with vanilla nougat notes. Fresh and creamy textured with grapefruit, lime, bitter lemon, stone fruit flavours, fine loose knit chalky, hint of al dente textures, lovely mid palate viscosity and bell-clear acidity. A resonating finish, highlighting pure fruits and persistent mineral length. Drinking well now, but best to keep for a while to allow the elements to fold. 

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Perfectly pitched | 97 points | Angus Hughson – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

Author: Angus Hughson
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Mar 2022

There is self-assured confidence to this vintage of Tiers. It’s not all bells and whistles right now, with greater restraint than the 1.5M, more Puligny than Meursault. But what it is already showing is outstanding complexity with melon, citrus, florals sitting well matched to beautifully integrated oak, plus a touch of praline in the mix.

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A delicious wine | 93 points | The Real Review – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: The Real Review
Date: Mar 2022

Bright, light to mid-yellow colour leads into a complex and alluring bouquet of smoky barrel ferment and tropical fruits, traces of pineapple and melon conserve, the palate refined and lingering, taut and persistent, finishing with a slight grip. It neatly combines refinement with accessibility. A delicious wine, already drinking well.

93 points

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Fine slinky textures | 98 points | Andrew Caillard MW – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay 2021

Author: Andrew Caillard MW
Source: The Vintage Journal
Date: Mar 2022

Pale colour. Beautiful grapefruit, apricot, cashew nut, roasted almond with underlying vanilla oak notes. Generous and supple with lovely apricot, white peach, grapefruit, grilled nut flavours, fine slinky textures, creamy mid-palate complexity, linear fresh acidity and integrated vanilla, hint crème brulée notes. Finishes chalky and supple with superb mineral length. 

98 points

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Outstanding value for money | 96 points | Angus Hughson – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay 2021

Author: Angus Hughson
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Mar 2022

A big step up here from the Piccadilly label, with fruit off a portion of the Tiers vineyard replanted in 2003 with Burgundian clones at higher density than the original plots. Very pale in colour and embryonic, this is still very much in its shell although already displays a strong Burgundian look and feel with a Meursault-like combination of power and poise.

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It drives with power and focus to a very long finish | 96 points | The Real Review – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay 2021

Author: Stuart Knox
Source: The Wine Front
Date: Mar 2022

Pale lemon-yellow hue. Lemon curd, struck-flint and smoky-oak undertones. The palate fills with intense lemon blossoms and stone fruits, whilst savoury, smoky and stony minerality fill all the nooks and crannies of the mouth. Still incredibly tightly wound, it drives with power and focus to a very long finish. A wine of seriousness that will bring pleasure and contemplation for years to come 

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Superb crunch and energy | 95+ points | The Wine Front – Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay 2021

Author: Gary Walsh
Source: The Wine Front
Date: Mar 2022

Could be a good choice for people who are vertically challenged?

So flinty and tight, but has generosity of flavour with white peach, brioche, cashew and cedar, and a cool fennel perfume. Fine-boned, chalky texture, cool grapefruit acidity mixing it up with spiced pear. A little struck match complexity in the mix, superb crunch and energy on a long bright spiced grapefruit finish.

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Generosity of fruit combined with juicy acidity | 93 points | Angus Hughson – Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2021

Author: Angus Hughson
Source: Wine Pilot
Date: Mar 2022

Brian Croser is very happy with the 2021 Adelaide Hills vintage, and so he should be as all the wines show an excellent mix of classic Chardonnay generosity of fruit combined with juicy acidity. This regional Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay is a little riper than the Tiers and 1.5m showing an attractive array of melon and citrus fruits with nutty oak adding interest.

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Depth, length and interest | 92 points | Stuart Robinson – Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2021

Author: Stuart Robinson
Source: The Vinsomniac
Date: Mar 2022

Ripe peach with a throw of toasted oak in the frame. Toast latterly morphs to a spice, grilled hazelnut, a peppery top note.A little creamy texture whips across the palate, oak spice backing that up with an expansive move through the finish. A phenolic touch adds further dimension to the wine’s conclusion. Depth, length and interest.

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Showing perfectly ripe fruit and superb precision | 96 points | Andrew Caillard MW – Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2021

Author: Andrew Caillard MW
Source: The Vintage Journal
Date: Mar 2022

Pale colour. Attractive white peach, apricot, nectarine, grapefruit aromas with tonic water notes. Creamy textured and buoyant with abundant stonefruit, grapefruit flavours, fine slinky/ al dente textures, underlying nougat, hint aniseed notes and fresh long acidity. A very expressive chardonnay showing perfectly ripe fruit and superb precision. An earlier drinking style but should keep for a while. 

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Just a whole lot of admirably contained flavour | 93 / 100 | Australian Wine Review – Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2021

Author: Andrew Graham
Source: Australian Wine Review
Date: Mar 2022

Besides the obvious wine quality, what I always like about the new vintage release of the latest Tapanappa wines is the commentary from Brian Croser. Come for the Chardonnay, stay for the weather reports (just check out the proper detail here. Please wine producers, give us this much info).

Brian is pretty excited about the 2021 whites too (he calls the vintage “near perfect”),

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Great drive and it lingers very long | 93 points | The Real Review – Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2021

Author: Stuart Knox
Source: The Real Review
Date: Mar 2022

Light straw-yellow hue. White peach, broken slate and smoked-nuts on the nose. The palate opens with intense white peach fruits, they flow with power from start to finish, all the while layers of smoky bacon fat and oyster-brine add complexity and build interest. Great drive and it lingers very long into the finish. 

93 points

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So excellent | 94+ points | The Wine Front – Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2021

Author: Gary Walsh
Source: The Wine Front
Date: Mar 2022

If you’re into statistics, and detailed weather information, then Brian Croser is the man for you. Being English, and specifically Northern English, anyone who knows me well will know that weather observation is a wonderful source of interest for me.

Classic Hills Chardonnay, is probably a good way to describe it. It has flavour and fruit,

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