Tapanappa Etages Chardonnay Tiers Vineyard Piccadilly Valley 2005

Author: Anthony Gismondi & Stuart Tobe
Review Date: Oct 2010

This wine is a knockout punch for Oz chardonnay that gets little respect on the world stage. Tiers Vineyard was the first vineyard planted in the Adelaide Hills since the 19th and marks the centre of the Piccadilly Valley. The vines left are 26 years old. Brian Croser terms the 2005 as a cool vintage in the Piccadilly Valley and you can taste it in the wine. The nose is an intriguing mix of spicy lees and peachy fruit with a firm line of acidity. Even at four years it remains fresh and vital on the palate with a fine long complex finish. Very exciting wine. Another label to join Yattarna and the assault on Burgundy. Tappanappa’s combined ownership with Croser includes Jean-Michel Cazes of Chateau Lynch-Bages in Pauillac, Bordeaux, and Société Jacques Bollinger, the parent company of Champagne Bollinger.

94 / 100

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