Scoring a whopping 97+ points from the Wine Advocate yet priced under £40 a bottle (inc VAT), Tapanappa Chardonnay Tiers Vineyard 2021 is a wine you may not have heard of, but certainly should get to know.

Hailing from the Adelaide Hills, Tapanappa is the continuation of the 40-year mission of pioneering winemaker Brian Croser and his family to make world-class wines from the most distinguished sites in South Australia.

Brian Croser and his wife were the duo originally behind Petaluma - a beacon for modern Australian wineries - before it was sold in 2001. They kept the original Petaluma Winery at the bottom of the Tiers Vineyard and rebranded it as Tapanappa. Still flying very much under the radar, only about 500 cases are produced by the winery each year.
In her report on 'Rieslings and Chardonnays from Top Producers in the Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills', the Wine Advocate's Erin Larkin notes that the top wines from the 2021 vintage are "utterly delicious, beautiful" and "age-worthy". Sitting right at the very top of that list is the Tapanappa Chardonnay Tiers Vineyard 2021, described by Larkin as "A sensational wine...One of the greats".

The late ripening of a small crop in perfect cool, dry and sunny conditions, has defined a very special Chardonnay from the unique Tiers Vineyard terroir in 2021. This is an intensely fresh wine with remarkable finesse and refined fruit sweetness, which is delicious now but will age beautifully over the next 10 years or more.

These wines are arriving into AMFW in Spring, and with a lot of points for your pound available here, do get in touch to order while stocks last.
Tapanappa Chardonnay Tiers Vineyard 2021
6x75cl £185 IB
97+ Points | Erin Larkin, The Wine Advocate
This 2021 Chardonnay Tiers Vineyard is a sensational wine. Let me tell you about the vineyard, and then we’ll come back to the glass. The Tiers vineyard was planted in the Picadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills by the Croser family in 1979. The vineyard lays at an elevation of around 450 meters (1,477 feet) above sea level at its highest point, and the wine was made by Brian Croser, an important name in Australian wine. The 2021 vintage was a goodie in South Australia. The start to the season (spring and around) was the recipient of a good level of rainfall and no ill-timed events, meaning fruit set and yields were decent, and the growing season itself was without heat events or challenges, meaning the picking windows were chosen based on the fruit, with no forced hands. So, to the wine. This is powerful, concentrated and shapely, with a core of pure citrus acidity (it’s zesty and pithy). The fruit speaks of yellow peach and preserved lemon and a hint of white tea. The wine undulates across the tongue and shows line and poise that elevate it to the very top of the Chardonnay tree in Australia. One of the greats. I daresay it’ll be even better in 2025.

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