97 Points James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge 2017
In 2006 Tolpuddle Vineyard won the inaugural Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year award, reflecting the performance of this unique and distinguished site. Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith are fully committed to seeing Tolpuddle Vineyard recognised as one of Australia’s great vineyards for Chardonnay & Pinot Noir. Given it is a single vineyard, quantities are limited.
This wine is true to the Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay style: fine and precise with firm acidity, and a combination of lightness of texture and intensity of flavour. The 2016 vintage was defined by concentration paired with high natural acidity, and reflects a wonderful growing season, and the results of the detailed work done in the vineyard.
“Tolpuddle 2016 Chardonnay is driven by its Coal River Valley source, which offers natural acidity with all the ultimate finesse that follows – whiffs of wheatgerm and sea shells, tastes of white crunchy nectarine, lemon and lime juice, and mouth-watering pithy texture to finish. Is that the vineyard alone or in concert with Tolpuddle winemakers Martin Shaw, Adam Wadewitz and team? Clearly it’s both elements, their understanding and interpretation of the site being critical in the final sculpting of one of the great Australian chardonnays.” – Tony Love