96 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
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.
Tolpuddle Vineyard was established in 1988 and it took its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs: English convicts transported to Tasmania for forming an agricultural union. The leader of the Martyrs, George Loveless, served some of his sentence working on a property near Richmond, part of which is now Tolpuddle Vineyard.
“A warm and drier than average season has resulted in richer and more intense flavours of stone fruit, ginger flower and preserved lemon. More complexity and depth from winemaking inputs such as whole-bunch pressed and fermentation in French oak with lees stirring throughout a 9 month period. Yet this never feels besieged, as the natural acidity glides across the palate reining everything in. A pleasure to drink.” – 96 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday