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Drawn from across a range of sites from Brian Croser's beloved Piccadilly Valley.
Sees 30% new oak, with just over 300 dozen made. Citrus, lemon curds, honeydew, touches of meal, spicy oak.
The sour tang of lemon, a racy, almost nervy energy to it; acid that verily reaches into the far recesses of the palate, secreting itself into the cheeks, before the slow withdrawal.
Intensity of finish, a bold slap of flavour, lingering long. 92
This technically sits below both Tiers and the new 1.5x Chardonnay on the Tapanappa quality ladder, but this would comfortably beat many winery’s flagships. Style-wise this mirrors the Tiers in many ways, with the same white peach oak and lemon, though the palate is a fraction less precise. Did I mention the concentration of flavour here? It’s excellent. Brian always makes full-bodied Chardonnay and this packs in much of what you’d probably call classic Adelaide Hills Chard style. Delicious wine. Best drinking: 2017-2023. 18/20, 93/100. 13.5%, $39. Would I buy it? Definitely.