Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2013 (Adelaide Hills, SA)
While some of the 2013 Adelaide Hills whites look just a little forward and flat, this Chardonnay seriously shines.
The only sign of that growing season warmth I can see is a little heat on the back palate. Otherwise this is cast in a classic Tapa mode – fine grained vanilla bean oak, chewy acid and dry extract, the fruits largely in the white peach and white nectarine spectrum.
Super long for a $39 wine, the oak obvious but integrated with the whole package. A full tilt Chardonnay, no doubts about it, with everything as it should be.
Classy wine indeed.
Tasted: October 2015
Score: 18.5/20, 94/100
Would I buy it? Absolutely.