2017 Tapanappa Tiers Single Vineyard Chardonnay

2017 Tapanappa Tiers Single Vineyard Chardonnay

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Expert Reviews

97 Points - James Halliday - Halliday's Wine CompanionThis is the oldest of the three Tiers vineyard blocks, with 2ha planted in '70 of what Croser calls the OF clones, which has a history to make Conan Doyle happy. It's a Californian clone that was eradicated there because of leaf roll virus - the cuttings were not infected when Croser brought them to Australia. The vinification was the same as for the 1.5m, but this is decidedly more complex than its sibling, confidently filling the mouth with balanced fruit flavours.
96 Points - Campbell Mattinson - The Wine FrontThe chardonnay vines on the Tiers Vineyard are now well over 30 years old, some 40+. It’s a 3-hectare vineyard spaced at 3330 vines per hectare. This release saw 33% new oak. Blow me down. This is beautiful. As in, exquisite. Complex, textural, elegant and long. Flint, white peach, vanilla pod, grapefruit and juicy pear. Cedar, smoked. Spice, dried. Makes you slow down and stop to admire it.
96 Points - Toni Paterson MW - The Real ReviewA classy wine with a delicate fragrance of white flowers, fresh pears, oatmeal and lemon. The palate is beautifully sweet-fruited with excellent energy and drive, plus delicious lingering grapefruit flavours. It’s a high-quality wine that is extremely well-made that delivers a superb drinking experience.
95 Points - Huon Hooke - The Real ReviewLight, bright yellow colour, with a restrained bouquet showing some oak spice, plus citrus fruits and an edgy mineral quality, and the palate is taut and refined, intense and focused, reserved and still emerging from its shell. Intensity, line and length. It's a beautiful wine now and is promising to deliver more in the future.

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How's it taste?

2017 Tiers Chardonnay is a pristine and exquisite expression of the Tiers unique terroir from a great vintage. Pale green gold in colour, 2017 Tiers Chardonnay has refined and fresh fruit aromas and flavours of freshly cut nectarines and pear. The subtle complexity of almond meal and cream of malo-lactic, yeast lees and oak complements the fresh fruit. The hallmark Tiers Chardonnay texture is followed by a long after taste with a slight savoury quince finish. The 38 year-old Tiers Vineyard has clearly confirmed its status as a distinguished site and the 2017 Tapanappa Tiers Chardonnay “is an exquisite expression of a unique Australian terroir.”

How was it made?

I have labelled 2017 “A Contradictory Vintage” because the heat summation for the growing season was 1303º C days versus the 14-year average of 1240ºC days: 2017 was a warmer than average vintage but it is the equal latest, harvested on the same date as the very cool 2011 vintage (1001ºC days). 
With a wet winter, and a cool spring, bud burst was delayed 2-3 weeks. But by early January, the temp pattern was reversed with consistently above average temperatures, through to the end of the season. This pattern of a cold start and a warm late finish is the perfect formula for outstanding fruit quality of intricate and intense flavours, moderate sugar levels and fine acids. 
2017 will be recognised as a superb vintage eliciting finesse and intensity in the Chardonnay from The Tiers vineyard and the Piccadilly Valley in general. The ideal vintage conditions in 2017 allowed it to show its best qualities. 

 The Tiers Old Chardonnay was hand harvested into shallow trays and cooled to 2ºC in the cold room at Tapanappa Winery, adjacent to the vineyard. 
 The whole bunches of Tiers Chardonnay were tipped from the trays into the Willmes Merlin airbag press. 
 The juice was gently pressed from the bunches into a settling tank. After a short 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.
The Tiers Chardonnay was seeded with our own yeast culture and allowed to ferment in the cool air temperature of the Piccadilly Valley autumn. Half of the 2017 Tiers Old Chardonnay went through malo-lactic fermentation through the winter and the whole was allowed to sit on full fermentation lees until clear racking in January of 2018.

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