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 Halliday's Wine Companion, James Halliday
"A strikingly beautiful chardonnay with its flowery bouquet bearing witness to the sheer purity of the incredibly long palate, the full palette of chardonnay flavours on display. Nectarine, white peach and grapefruit zest are sewn together by an invisible silver thread of acidity." Drink by 2033
97/100 The Real Review, Huon Hooke
"Medium to light-yellow colour, with a complex young-wine bouquet of smoky struck-flints and roasted hazelnuts, the sulfides having an almost electrical-short overtone. It's tremendously intense on the tongue, refined and bright, penetrating and tensioned, with crisp, cleansing dryness that persists for a very long time. Grapefruit and lemon fruit flavours linger long and insistent. A great chardonnay. 08 NOV 2020." Drink 2020 - 2034
95+/100 The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson
"No introduction needed. It presents as both powerful and fine. It’s a slashing chardonnay with flint, white peach, meal, caramel and lemon curd flavours charming through. It’s carrying quite a bit of oak but it’s up to it and then some. It’s another ripping release." Drink 2023 - 2028+
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