The trophies won by this vintage include awards at the 2019 International Wine Challenge (Tasmanian Chardonnay Trophy, Australian Chardonnay Trophy, Australian White Trophy) and the 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (Best Single Vineyard Wine, Best Young White Wine, Chardonnay of Show, along with the Trophy for Viticultural Excellence to the Tolpuddle Vineyard Manager, Carlos Souris). "If ever a new winery was born with blue blood in its veins, Tolpuddle would have to be it." — James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014. 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. The vineyard is planted with mature Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines, facing north-east, and sloping gently up from Back Tea Tree Road. The soil is light silica over sandstone and of moderate vigour, ensuring well-balanced vines producing grapes of great flavour and intensity. 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 MW purchased the vineyard in 2011 and are fully committed to seeing Tolpuddle Vineyard recognised as one of Australia’s great single vineyards.
What The Critics Say
98/100 James Suckling
"An exceptional Chardonnay with a wealth of very fresh and slightly flinty lemon, grapefruit, white-peach and grilled-hazelnut aromas. The palate has such grace and well-defined, pure lemon and grapefruit, as well as white and yellow peaches. The toasted-hazelnut afterglow is stunning. Hints of praline, too. So elegant, pristine and pure. Exceptional. "
98/100 Halliday's Wine Companion,
"Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, fermented in French oak barrels with limited stirring. The bouquet and palate send the same message of perfectly captured white stone fruits, then apple and grapefruit. An irresistible wine with spectacular length."
95/100 Huon Hooke
"Light yellow colour, restrained for its age and so is the bouquet. Aromas of almond and other freshly-shelled nuts. A tightly-composed palate which needs more time to unfurl its goodies. Tautly-structured; great tension. It has excellent intensity and drive and is still a trifle restrained, needing more time in the bottle. A fine wine of great potential. "
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