Best in Show Trophy & 97 Points Decanter World Wine Awards 2018
5 Stars & 97 Points Huon Hooke
“The most impressive result appears to be Tapanappa’s Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2016, from the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills, which won Platinum Best in Show for chardonnay, tying with two grand cru Burgundies for the honour. This means the trio beat every other chardonnay in the competition, from every country. Although we can assume the top Burgundy producers didn’t enter their wines, this is a stunning achievement. I don’t yet know the identities of the other two Burgundy grand crus.” – Huon Hooke, The Real Review
In 1978 Brian Croser selected the Piccadilly Valley in the centre of the Adelaide Hills as the best terroir to grow Chardonnay for Petaluma Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for Croser sparkling wine. The first vineyard planted in the Adelaide Hills since the 19th century, The Tiers Vineyard is in the centre of the Piccadilly Valley at 450 metres elevation next to the Tapanappa Winery and the Croser family home.
The Tiers Vineyard was planted in 1979 with the OF Chardonnay clone, a Californian derived clone with its roots in the mists of 19th century Mersault. This clone known as FPS 02A disappeared from California because it was suspected of carrying leaf roll virus, despite recognition of its superior winemaking characteristics. It doesn’t have leaf roll, we are lucky to have it, and it is ideally suited to the distinguished site of The Tiers Vineyard. In 2016 the vintage conditions allowed it to show its best qualities.
“Wines like this put the Australian wine industry on the world stage. It presents as a harmonious chardonnay, yet closer attention reveals an intricate mosaic of flavours and textures. Lemon curd, faint oatmeal, hints of roasted nuts and an intense grapefruity core. Its balance allows it to be enjoyed on its own, though its complexity makes it an ultimate partner to the finest of foods.” – 96 Points Toni Paterson
“Judged a platinum medal and Best In Show at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards, this impressed as a Montrachet-like wine, which is high praise. There is well-handled smoky solids-fermented complexity and a ballerina-like balance of power and finesse. Outstanding chardonnay” – 97 Points Huon Hooke #1 of 54 Adelaide Hills Chardonnays