2021 Tapanappa Tiers 1.5m Chardonnay

Adelaide Hills, SA

Powerful, tightly-wound Chardonnay from one of Australia's winemaking legends.



A wine of seriousness that will bring pleasure and contemplation for years to come.

Stuart Knox (The Real Review)

About The Wine

The 'Tiers Vineyard' is the oldest block of Chardonnay planted in the Adelaide Hills, established in 1979.

In 2003, Brian Crozer opted to replant a section of the vineyard to Burgundian Chardonnay clones. The vines, spaced only 1.5m apart, have yielded intense fruit from early in their life.

"This unique section of The Tiers Vineyard produces earlier ripening, fuller flavoured Chardonnay than the 1979 old vine," says Crozer. They yield a wine of high impact, full figure and razor-sharp acidity.

This is a powerful Chardonnay that commands attention.

About Tapanappa

Brian Croser is a legend in the Australian winemaking community. From his founding of Petaluma over 40 years ago, he helped put the Adelaide Hills on the map.

After ceding control of Petaluma in 2001, Brian founded Tapanappa, in partnership with the Bollinger, and Lynch Bages families, in order to continue with his vision, creating benchmark Australian wines.

His focus is on ensuring the right varieties are planted in the most suitable terroir for them, which is reflected in the name Tapanappa meaning ‘sticking to the path’ in the local indigenous language.

With three distinct vineyard sites across the Adelaide Hills, Wrattonbully and Fleurieu, Brian and his family produce elegant terroir driven wines.

Winemaker Brian Croser
Winemaker Brian Croser
Adelaide Hills, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

The Tiers 1.5M is a delicate green-yellow colour, very similar to its older vine sibling. The aroma is restrained, more of white peach than nectarine and with the slight brioche and cinnamon-vanilla complexity of the yeast and oak. The flavour is intense and very fruit ripe and fresh. The aroma is dominated by the intensity of the Chardonnay fruit. The flavour is intense but refined reflecting the aroma with exceptional fruit sweetness and length of flavour. The trade-mark Tiers texture is offset by the acid and grapefruit finishing cut of the Tiers Vineyard.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13.40%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2031
Bottle Size : 750ml

Tiers vineyard
Tiers vineyard
Adelaide Hills, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"So flinty and tight, but has generosity of flavour with white peach, brioche, cashew and cedar, and a cool fennel perfume. Fine-boned, chalky texture, cool grapefruit acidity mixing it up with spiced pear. A little struck match complexity in the mix, superb crunch and energy on a long bright spiced grapefruit finish. Outstanding." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

The Real Review

"Pale lemon-yellow hue. Lemon curd, struck-flint and smoky-oak undertones. The palate fills with intense lemon blossoms and stone fruits, whilst savoury, smoky and stony minerality fill all the nooks and crannies of the mouth. Still incredibly tightly wound, it drives with power and focus to a very long finish. A wine of seriousness that will bring pleasure and contemplation for years to come." - Stuart Knox (The Real Review)


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