($89 per bottle in a straight 3-pack)
If Chardonnay is indeed making a comeback, it's through wines like
these where much of the excitement dwells. The trio of Tapanappa Adelaide
Hills Chardonnays are about cool climate viticulture, attention to detail
and commitment to a style that is very much about projecting the quality of
the fruit in any given vintage. The Tiers is the high point in the
Chardonnay collection, the one that creates the buzz or, what winemakers
call, "the halo effect." Its high status brings added sheen to the lesser
A quiet elegance lives here. Don't overchill this wine or you will lose
that inner beauty. The scent of white flowers mixes with fine-edged fruit
qualities of grapefruit, Delicious apple, mandarin skin and dusty lemon.
Citrus plays out on the palate with a grapefruit pithiness before moving
into a warm, textural glow. Oak is nicely integrated. It's complex and
worthy of extra time in the cellar. If you can, give it that time.
Jeni Port - Wine Pilot