In every way The Tiers Vineyard is a "distinguished site". It is the first vineyard planted in the Adelaide Hills thus pioneering the true cool climate wine industry of South Australia. The Tiers Vineyard is in the second coolest and the wettest location in South Australia, the Piccadilly Valley. It is absolutely suited to Chardonnay being an almost perfect climatic copy of Burgundy and especially the southern end of the Cotes de Beaune where the great Montrachets are grown. The Tiers Vineyard tilts gently to the north and east in a sheltered valley that takes best advantage of the autumn sun in the northern sky to extract the last rays of ripening energy at the cool end of the harvest. It has been planted on an intensive vine regime and managed fastidiously by hand on a vine-by-vine basis. The vines are now 29 years old and in perfect balance with their environment at the low crop level of 6 tonnes/hectare.
In late 2001 after the sale of the company they founded (Petaluma), the Croser family and Champagne Bolinger made a pact to begin again. Soon after, the Cazes family, owners of Chateau Lynch Bages agreed to join the partnership and the Koppamura vineyard (later renamed the Whalebone Vineyard) was purchased. Now with three plots; the Whalebone Vineyard, the Tiers Vineyard and a plot in the Fleurieu Peninsula, Tapanappa are synonymous with top quality wines, their mission being; " to maximise the quality of the wine from these three "distinguished site" vineyards, regardless of cost, that also implies producing only tiny quantities of wine".
This was difficult following the Piper Rare 2002, but soon the subtleties take over. Obviously full of creamy Chardonnay fruit on the nose here, almost botrytis, very easy and charming palate. There is great minerality in this wine and it hits the spot for me, lovely spicyness on the finish, there are definite Meursault like characteristics. A pleasant surprise, I am sure this would stand the acid test against a fine White Burgundy.
Grapefruits, nuts, cream and caramel on the nose. Lovely, light tropical freshness, fantastic balance with a long aftertaste. Full initial flavour then softens and excites.
Touch of gold, there is an immediate and intense waft of buttery Chardonnay aromas, tropical, the palate is very creamy, very open now, quite delicious.
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As a rough guide most standard (75CL) single bottles weigh 2KG and a case (12 x 75CL bottles) weighs 24KG.
In Bond storage is facilitated at Octavian in Wiltshire, the U.K's premier wine storage facility. The conditions at this old munitions base, 100 metres below ground are unrivalled, offering temperature control, In Bond facility and full replacement value insurance. The wines are stored under each client's individual "Protection Plus" account number, fully labelled and can only be released or moved with his or her written instructions. No right of lien can be exercised over wines held on each client's behalf. Client's stock can be inspected, by arrangement, at any time excluding November & December.
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Items can be ordered In Bond for transfer to clients own bonded storage accounts. We are able to action this process for a single consignment charge of £10 ex VAT, this covers any quantity.