98 Points & Top 100 Wines of 2018 James Halliday
3 Trophies & 97 Points
Trophy – Best Young White of Show
Trophy – Best Chardonnay of Show
Trophy – Best Single Vineyard Wine of Show
2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
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.
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 2017 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.
“This is one of Australia’s most exciting vineyards. Many Tasmanian chardonnay producers struggle in managing acidity, Tolpuddle simply makes it an essential part of the wine, serving to highlight to highlight the nectarine, white peach and grapefruit flavours. Likewise, oak is an incidental part, serving to delicately frame the fruit.” – 98 Points & Top 100 Wines of 2018 James Halliday