In 2003 the Croser family planted the first vines on their Maylands Farm, near Parawa at the apex of the Fleurieu Peninsula, half way between Victor Harbor and Cape Jervis. There are no other vineyards within 10 kilometres of this unique, very cool, foggy site, just 8 kilometres from the Great Southern Ocean.
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 homo-clime of Burgundy and especially mirrors the southern end of the Cotes de Beaune where the great Montrachets are grown.
This is the oldest of the three Tiers vineyard blocks, with 2ha planted in '70 of what Croser calls the OF clones, which has a history to make Conan Doyle happy. It's a Californian clone that was eradicated there because of leaf roll virus - the cuttings were not infected when Croser brought them to Australia. The vinification was the same as for the 1.5m, but this is decidedly more complex than its sibling, confidently filling the mouth with balanced fruit flavours. Drink to: 2031; Price: $90.00; Date Tasted: Dec 2018; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
The chardonnay vines on the Tiers Vineyard are now well over 30 years old, some 40+. It’s a 3-hectare vineyard spaced at 3330 vines per hectare. This release saw 33% new oak. Blow me down. This is beautiful. As in, exquisite. Complex, textural, elegant and long. Flint, white peach, vanilla pod, grapefruit and juicy pear. Cedar, smoked. Spice, dried. Makes you slow down and stop to admire it. Tasted: Mar 19; Alcohol: 13%; Price: $90; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2026+; Rated: 96 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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