Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2021


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Adelaide Hills, Australia
98 points




The name “Tapanappa” is inspired by the 550-million-year-old geological formation that underlies the Fleurieu Peninsula where the Croser family have a coastal property and their newest vineyard, Foggy Hill. The word Tapanappa is derived from the local aboriginal language, implying “sticking to the path”. This is exactly the philosophy Brian Croser has employed in selecting his Distinguished Sites matching the climate, soil, and geology of a location to the right varieties and fastidiously managing the vineyard to make unique Australian “terroir” driven wines.

Nestled in the heart of the Piccadilly Valley, part of the Adelaide Hills region, Brian Croser's Tiers vineyard boasts a rich history, with its vines initially planted in 1979, marking a pioneering start in the area. The vineyard's unique microclimate mirrors that of Burgundy, particularly the southern expanse of the Cotes de Beaune, home to iconic terroirs like Montrachet and Meursault. This Chardonnay, meticulously crafted through fermentation in French oak barriques (including one-third new), has gracefully matured on full lees until January 2022.

In the glass, it reveals a brilliant pale straw hue, accentuated by a subtle glint of green at its periphery, while a delicate, watery edge adds to its allure. The aromas are pronounced and intoxicating, with white peach, nectarine, and citrus taking center stage, complemented by hints of biscuity oak, grapefruit, and a subtle echo of gun flint. The palate enchants with its impeccable intensity and power, elegantly balanced by a refreshing refinement. It inundates the senses with the luscious notes of white peach and nectarine, intertwined with grapefruit, delicate citrus-infused honey, biscuity oak, almonds, and nuances of gun flint, weaving a tapestry of complexity.

This captivating journey culminates in a wonderfully long and vibrant finish that lingers on the palate, leaving an indelible memory.


98 points
Ray Jordan

Like the rest of Australia, it was a very small crop resulting in a wine of deep fruit concentration. Once again, the wine spent an extended time until February this year on full lees, allowing pick up of further complexity and textural mouth feel. The striking feature is the palate power and length. I have tasted many of these wines but I don’t think I have tasted better.

97 points

This parcel has performed so impressively in 2020, with trademark white-peach aromas and a subtle lemon-cream edge. The oak is so well integrated here. There’s impressive seamlessness on the palate with citrus-nuanced stone fruit carrying so long and fresh. Thrilling chardonnay. Drink or hold.

96 points
Campbell Mattinson

The chardonnay vines on the Tiers Vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley are all now well over 30 years old though some are much older that that, having been planted in the late 1970s.

This is stunning. Intense with flavour, chalky of texture, long of finish. Flint, grapefruit, pear and peach flavours charge with authority through the palate. Crushed fennel notes dance about the edges. The drive and the power and the overall impact of this is really quite something; it’s an emphatic wine, it took but one sip for me to be thoroughly convinced. Drink 2023-2030+


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Serving Temp.
10-13 °C
Cellar until
Now - 2032
Food pairing
Sea bass with fennel purée, wild mushrooms and slow roast tomatoes, white truffles. Hazelnut-crusted chicken or fish.

Tasting Profile

This vintage of Tiers exudes self-assured confidence, displaying a restrained elegance akin to Puligny more than Meursault, and it eschews excessive fanfare in favor of a poised demeanor. It already reveals an outstanding complexity on the nose, where notes of melon, citrus, and florals harmoniously intertwine with beautifully integrated oak. A subtle hint of praline adds to the aromatic tapestry.
The palate exhibits a distinct tightness that coexists with a delightful fruit delicacy and a gentle finesse that seamlessly complements its creamy texture. These elements are exquisitely balanced by bright acidity, leading to a prolonged, chalky finish. This vintage of Tiers is impeccably calibrated, standing as a testament to greatness, if not one of the finest.

Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

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