The Tiers vineyard is one of the great Chardonnay vineyards in the world. Planted in 1979 and made famous by Petaluma. The legend was further elevated by the style made under the Tapanappa label.
“Floral, smoke and citrus fruit bouquet. Great palate – pure, steely, stately and linear. There’s great poise and concentration here, with flavours of white peaches, lemon pith and spice. The balance and length are admirable. Will develop well.” 95 points. Platinum Award: Best Australian Chardonnay. Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
“The first vineyard planted in the modern era of the Adelaide Hills remains one of the greatest, producing chardonnay of profound generosity, exactingly honed with focused acidity and finely structured, mineral texture. In length, line and sheer, undeviating precision, this is one of the greats.” 96 Points. Tyson Stelzer Australia and New Zealand Wines of the Year 2017.
Brian Croser’s ability to pick vineyard sites should be heritage listed. His work with Tapanappa seems to have taken this to a new height: These wines are sheer quality and class from Adelaide Hills, Wrattonbully and Fleurieu Peninsula.
This is a big and varied region. It stretches from the top of the McLaren Vale all the way to the bottom of the Barossa. This means there is a big scope for climatic conditions. In the central part where its altitude is quite high you can get some of the best sites in the world for Sparkling wine. In the slightly warmer parts of the centre, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme with Riesling, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc worthy of honourable mentions.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.