Tapanappa - Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2010 - Australia



Tapanappa - Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2010
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The 2010 vintage in the Piccadilly Valley was warm. Although there were no heat waves like those in 2008 and 2009, 2010 was nearly 16% warmer at 1360 Deg C days heat accumulation over the growing season than the long-term average of 1177 Deg C days. The biggest spike of heat occurred early in the growing season. In November the heat was nearly double the normal. This accelerated the plant growth and fruiting processes ensuring a very early vintage.

2010 Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay has ripe peach flavours and aromas. Because of the warm vintage there are no melon skin nuances as there are in cooler years in the Piccadilly Valley and the fruit is completely ripe.Despite the warm year, the structure of Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay is typically savoury with a moderate alcohol and refreshing acid finish to a significant mouth feel and viscosity, the hallmarks of Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay.
The nuances of spicy oak, yeast lees and full malo-lactic fermentation build the complexity of flavour and aroma expected of the best examples of this wonderful variety. 2010 Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay "is a pure expression of the unique Piccadilly Valley terroir."

Serve with fresh cirtrus scented, creamy fish dishes.

Category(s):     White Wine

Producer: Tapanappa   -   www.tapanappawines.com.au
ABV:   13.7%
Brand:   Tapanappa
Country of Origin:   Australia
Grape Type:   Chardonnay
Vintage:   2010


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Producer Information

In late 2001 Petaluma, the company Ann and I founded in 1976 was taken over by Lion Nathan. That event ended the 30-year Croser family ownership involvement in fine wine production but only temporarily. Even as the ink was drying on the Petaluma purchase, my friends and partners for 17 years in Petaluma, Champagne Bollinger made a pact with the Croser family to begin again.
Then along came the Cazes family from Chateau Lynch Bages in Pauillac, Bordeaux. On a trip to Australia in 2002, Jean-Michel and his son Jean-Charles met with me and quickly agreed to join the partnership.
My long held ambition to own and make wine from the more than 30-year old Koppamurra Vineyard just north of Coonawarra became the ambition of the partnership. Tapanappa was born and purchased Koppamurra Vineyard in late 2002. The vineyard has since been renamed the Whalebone Vineyard for reasons that are explained elsewhere on this site.
The partnership is founded in a strongly mutually held belief that some pieces of ground are much better than others for the production of fine wine. Of course this superiority is highly specific to varieties and wine style. The Whalebone Vineyard and Cabernet Sauvignon in particular have a unique synergy. I learnt of the wonderful quality of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Whalebone Vineyard 25 years ago when in 1980 I helped Geoff Weaver make the very first wine from this vineyard under his Ashbourne label.
Tapanappa is also fortunate to have access to Chardonnay fruit from The Tiers Vineyard, planted by the Croser family in 1979, the first vineyard planted in the Adelaide Hills since the 19th century and a proven "distinguished site" for Chardonnay.
This is the concept of "terroir", the uncopyable effect of the geology, soil, climate, latitude, longitude, altitude, aspect, surrounds and all other factors affecting Cabernet Sauvignon vines on the Whalebone Vineyard and Chardonnay vines on The Tiers Vineyard.
Whalebone and Tiers Vineyards are proven distinguished sites. In the middle of and at the highest point of the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Croser family have planted a revolutionary Pinot Noir vineyard 10 kilometres from any other vineyard. This is a distinguished site in the making.
The mission of the partnership is 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.

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