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2003 Saw the removal of some part of the Tiers vineyard, to be replanted to Bernard clones 95 and 96 with close planting of 1.5m, the fruiting wire just 0.5m above the ground. Just 200 dozen made.
Florals, citrus, quince, ripe stonefruit. Mealy with a suggestion of elevated spice in the background.
Full on, intense flavour on immediate entry. Stonefruit, citrus, perhaps grapefruit acidity. Bold, certainly not lacking in flavour. Leesy derived texture, fullness of palate. 92+
The new entrant into the Tapanappa range sourced from a part of the Tiers Vineyard that was replanted in 2003 with much more close spacing. What I find really intriguing is how much lighter this is – it could be from a totally different vineyard than the ‘standard’ Tiers, and with an unexpected fine texture and almost milky delicacy. I did question whether this is perhaps a little light (in context), but you get the impression that this might be a wine that will take longer in bottle to match the rambunctious richness of the other Tapanappa Chardonnay releases. Best drinking: 2018-2024. 17.7/20, 92/100+. 13.7%, $55. Would I buy it? To be honest I’d prefer the Piccadilly Valley wine over this.