2021 Tapanappa Tiers Chardonnay

Adelaide Hills, SA

Exceptionally elegant and balanced Chardonnay from a winemaking legend in the Adelaide Hills.



A chardonnay masterclass from a master that brings complexity and concentration with an utterly irresistible liveliness.

Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

About The Wine

Tapanappa's Tiers Vineyard sits in the Piccadilly Valley, with the Chardonnay vines having been planted some 30-50 years ago. There's definitely an elegance here that owes something to the vineyard; a drive and length suited to a wine of such esteemed rootstock.

It's another stellar release from winemaker Brian Croser, who lets the grapes do the talking here. After picking, the fruit undergoes fermentation in French barriques, about one-third of which is new oak. A bit of lees work happens over summer, before racking and bottling in January.

A sensational wine of balance and finesse that shows just how exceptional Adelaide Hills Chardonnay can be.

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 late ripening of a small crop in perfect cool, dry and sunny conditions, has defined a very special Chardonnay from the unique and distinguished Tiers Vineyard terroir. The colour is pale lemon green. The aroma is shy but intensely fresh, mainly of Chardonnay fruit, ripe nectarine with a hint of yeast cashew and oak spice.

The aroma compels the need to taste, which amplifies the intensity and freshness but with refined fruit sweetness and texture. Finally, the cutting edge of acid and slight grapefruit finish of a wine that may not yet have the power of the 2020 Tiers but has a finesse that is remarkable.

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

The Foggy Hill Vineyard
The Foggy Hill Vineyard
Fleurieu Peninsula, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"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." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

The Real Review

"Bright, light to mid-yellow colour leads into a complex and alluring bouquet of smoky barrel-ferment and tropical fruits, traces of pineapple and melon conserve, the palate refined and lingering, taut and persistent, finishing with a slight grip. It neatly combines refinement with accessibility. A delicious wine, already drinking well." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

Halliday Wine Companion

"Barrel fermented in French oak (33% new), left on lees until bottled in January, 2022. A chardonnay masterclass from a master that brings complexity and concentration with an utterly irresistible liveliness. Beautifully worked flinty aromas, grapefruit, lime zest, stone fruits and nougat. Superfine sherbet-like acidity works the tastebuds alongside a wealth of citrus and stone fruits with terrific concentration and weight." - Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)


"The extravagant nose of ripe citrus, fresh pineapple and toasted baguette leads you into a rich, but very nicely balanced palate, where there’s an attractive interplay of oak and fruit. Long, moderately tannic finish. Long, with tons of candied-orange character. Drink or hold. Screw cap." -


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