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  • Country ranking ?

    144
  • Producer ranking ?

    8
  • Decanting time

    45min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Wild Salmon with Herb Butter and Spring Vegetables

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Vintage Notes

2015 welcomed the Croser family back into the Tapanappa Winery and the Piccadilly Valley blessed us with a typical cool weather vintage of exemplary quality. The winter provided average rainfall and replenished the subsoil, but from August to December very dry conditions prevailed, The Tiers Vineyard receiving just 40% of normal rain.

The three spring months and December were much warmer than average, only exceeded by the temperatures preceding vintage 2016 and vintage 2010. The warm dry conditions led to an early and perfect flowering and fruit-set in the Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay and a balanced crop of 8 tonnes/hectare.

After December, the ripening months were cooler than average by about the same amount as the first three months were above average. Hence the 2015, seven month vintage heat summation coincided with the long-term average of 1173 C days. A January rain event relieved developing stress in the vines.

The Tiers Vineyard was planted in 1979 with the OF Chardonnay clone, a Californian derived clone with its roots in the mists of 19th century Mersault. This clone known as FPS 02A disappeared from California because it was suspected of carrying leaf roll virus, despite recognition of its superior winemaking characteristics. It doesn’t have leaf roll, we are lucky to have it and it is ideally suited to the distinguished site of The Tiers Vineyard. In 2015 the vintage conditions allowed it to show its best qualities.

The cooler Eastern side of the Tiers Old Vineyard was hand harvested on the 17th of March two weeks earlier than average because of the warm early start to the season.

Winemaking Notes

The Tiers Old Chardonnay was hand harvested into shallow trays and cooled to 2C in the cold room at Tapanappa Winery, adjacent to the vineyard. The trays were tipped as whole bunches into the Willmes Merlin airbag press and the juice was gently extracted from the berries into a settling tank. After gravity settling the partially clarified juice and its fluffy lees were racked to French Vosges oak barriques, 33% new and the balance 1 and 2 use and allowed to ferment at the cool air temperature of the Piccadilly Valley autumn. The Tiers Chardonnay was left on full lees in barrique until the summer when it was clear racked and prepared for bottling in mid March.

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Bright, dark red. Aromas of dark cherry, raspberry and menthol are complicated by a sexy musky quality. Boasts lovely mineral energy and definition in the mouth, as well as excellent depth of flavor and restrained sweetness. Finishes firm, even a bit muscular, but not hard, with serious ripe tannins.

  • 91p

An impressive site, and sight, the Tiers Vineyard. Planted back in Brian Croser's beloved Picadilly Valley back in 1979. If you're ever in the Hills, do ensure you take time to visit the cellar door and soak in the view back toward the drive you came down.

Peach, figgy, cashew, cream and spice

Lots going on with a palate presence that builds and builds. Meyer lemon, creamy presence, spicy oak. It has nuttiness, a texture, presence, a lingering significance that seems to just give. 

Acidity is balanced, yet it still needs time to settle. That said, It's an impressive wine. 93

  • 93p

Bright, light yellow colour. Fresh, buttery nose with complexity and vividity. Dry, very crisp acidity followed by gentle and refined oaky flavours and pungent lemony fruitiness. Very pristine style oaky cool climate chardonnay with long citrussy finish. Bit austere at this stage but will evolve rounder in further ageing. With this concentration and acidity, this wine can last easily 20 to 30 years. If served now, decant well in advance at least for 3 hours.

  • 90p

It’s not hard to see the reasons why this 2015 Tiers Adelaide Hills Chardonnay is on point. A famous vineyard in the Hills (one of the oldest), with a legend of the industry making the wine and a wine that is comfortably settled in style.

Please, keep delivering complex, tight, rich-but-taut Chardonnay like this Australia.

As to the wine, Brian is famously detail-focused, and there is great background info on the Tapanappa website. Well worth a look if you’re interested (I love that context. Throw winemaking notes at me wine world).

Despite a very dry vintage in the Hills (40% of normal rainfall), this 2015 Tiers Chardonnay doesn’t lack acidity or freshness. The opposite. Fermented and matured in 1/3 new French oak, and that oak stamp is one of the first things you notice. It’s not obtrusive, but it is a prominent character on a nose dominated by white peach and lemon lime. What makes this work is the contrast behind firm, grapefruit acidity (less malo this vintage?) and ripe fruit weight.

This is wine in motion – and arguably a bit too taut for drinking this year – but at every step is top flight stuff. I drank most of the bottle, and was marvelling at the ‘bones’ the whole way through. Score could well be conservative next year.

Best drinking: 2017-2021. 18.5/20, 94/100+. 13.6%, $79. Would I buy it? I’d be sorely tempted.

  • 94p
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