Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
The Tiers Old Chardonnay was hand harvested into shallow trays and cooled to 2C in the cold room at Tapanappa Winery, adjacent to the vineyard. The trays were tipped as whole bunches into the Willmes Merlin airbag press and the juice was gently extracted from the berries into a settling tank. After 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 and allowed to ferment at the cool air temperature of the Piccadilly Valley autumn.
2016 Tapanappa Tiers Chardonnay ripened early and fully because of the very warm growing season.
Riper honey and fig characters complement the typical Tiers Vineyard peach flavour and aroma and significant texture. The wine finishes with a grapefruit and quince nuance again typical of The Tiers Vineyard terroir expression.
The 37 year-old Tiers Vineyard has clearly confirmed its status as a “distinguished site” and the 2016 Tapanappa Tiers Chardonnay “is a pure expression of a unique Australian terroir.”