Ripe & fresh, peach & fig, vanilla oak & brioche. Intense & delicious.
Tasting Notes: 2018 Tiers Chardonnay is a warm vintage, ripe fruit expression of the Tiers unique terroir. Lemon yellow in colour, 2018 Tiers Chardonnay has ripe and fresh fruit aromas and flavours of peach and fig. The subtle complexity of oak vanilla and toast and the brioche of yeast lees complements the fresh fruit. The hallmark Tiers Chardonnay texture is followed by a long after taste with a slight savoury quince finish.
The Tiers Old Chardonnay was hand harvested into shallow trays and cooled to 2ºC in the cold room at Tapanappa Winery, adjacent to the vineyard. The whole bunches of Tiers Chardonnay were tipped from the trays into the Willmes Merlin airbag press. The juice was gently pressed from the bunches, into a settling tank. After a short gravity settling the partially clarified juice and its fluffy lees were racked to French Vosges oak barriques, 33% new and the balance 1 and 2 use.
The Tiers Chardonnay was seeded with our own yeast culture and allowed to ferment in the cool air temperature of the Piccadilly Valley autumn.
None of the 2018 Tiers Old Chardonnay went through malo-lactic fermentation because of the warm vintage and the whole was allowed to sit on full fermentation lees until clear racking in January of 2019.
Only 575 dozen grown and made.
Food Match : Shellfish, seafood, fish, white meat, soft mature cheeses
Grape : Chardonnay
Producer : Brian Croser, Tiers Vineyard
Country : Picadilly Valley, Southern Australia