Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay - Adelaide Hills

Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2021 - Adelaide Hills

Vintage: 2021 | Type: Whites | Producer: Tapanappa Wines
Region: South Australia
Closure: Cork
Bottle size: 750ml

The Wine Journal

$94.50: as part of any six
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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.

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Our notes


The Wine Journal

Pale colour. Intense fresh grapefruit, lime, tonic water aromas with vanilla nougat notes. Fresh and creamy textured with grapefruit, lime, bitter lemon, stone fruit flavours, fine loose knit chalky, hint of al dente textures, lovely mid palate viscosity and bell-clear acidity. A resonating finish, highlighting pure fruits and persistent mineral length. Drinking well now, but best to keep for a while to allow the elements to fold. 

Andrew Caillard MW


There is self-assured confidence to this vintage of Tiers. It’s not all bells and whistles right now, with greater restraint than the 1.5M, more Puligny than Meursault. But what it is already showing is outstanding complexity with melon, citrus, florals sitting well matched to beautifully integrated oak, plus a touch of praline in the mix. There is a tightness to the palate but also a delicious fruit delicacy and lightness of touch well matched to its creamy texture and all beautifully balanced with bright acidity before a long, chalky finish. Perfectly pitched, this is a great vintage of Tiers, if not one of the greatest.

Angus Hughson

Producers notes

In late 2001 Petaluma, the company Ann and I founded in 1976 was taken over by Lion Nathan. That event ended the 30-year Croser family ownership involvement in fine wine product1ion but only temporarily. Even as the ink was drying on the Petaluma purchase, my friends and partners for 17 years in Petaluma, Champagne Bollinger made a pact with the Croser family to begin again.

Then along came the Cazes family from Chateau Lynch Bages in Pauillac, Bordeaux. On a trip to Australia in 2002, Jean-Michel and his son Jean-Charles met with me and quickly agreed to join the partnership.

My long held ambition to own and make wine from the more than 30-year old Koppamurra Vineyard just north of Coonawarra became the ambition of the partnership. Tapanappa was born and purchased Koppamurra Vineyard in late 2002. The vineyard has since been renamed the Whalebone Vineyard for reasons that are explained elsewhere on this site.

The partnership is founded in a strongly mutually held belief that some pieces of ground are much better than others for the product1ion of fine wine. Of course this superiority is highly specific to varieties and wine style. The Whalebone Vineyard and Cabernet Sauvignon in particular have a unique synergy. I learnt of the wonderful quality of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Whalebone Vineyard 25 years ago when in 1980 I helped Geoff Weaver make the very first wine from this vineyard under his Ashbourne label.

Tapanappa is also fortunate to have access to Chardonnay fruit from The Tiers Vineyard, planted by the Croser family in 1979, the first vineyard planted in the Adelaide Hills since the 19th century and a proven "distinguished site" for Chardonnay.

This is the concept of "terroir", the uncopyable effect of the geology, soil, climate, latitude, longitude, altitude, aspect, surrounds and all other factors affecting Cabernet Sauvignon vines on the Whalebone Vineyard and Chardonnay vines on The Tiers Vineyard.

Whalebone and Tiers Vineyards are proven distinguished sites. In the middle of and at the highest point of the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Croser family have planted a revolutionary Pinot Noir vineyard 10 kilometres from any other vineyard. This is a distinguished site in the making.

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