The Tolpuddle vineyard, planted in the Coal River valley in 19988 was purchased by the Shaw + Smith boys in 2011 and they immediately set about investing in the vineyard with the vision of creating one of Australia’s greet terroirs. Hand-picked, who bunched pressed and matured in French barriques (1/3 new) and put through a 100% malolactic fermentation, this was a classic from the first vintage in 2012, combining power with purity and a wine that can be put up against the best from Australia and Burgundy.
Very light yellow colour. Very crisp, fresh, bright bouquet of lemon, grapefruit and struck-flint; an arresting bouquet which is truly more-ish. The palate is again very bright and fresh, crisp and zesty, with great vivacity of flavour, tight cool-climate fruit in the citrus spectrum and low-level sulfide complexities. Long carry; a riveting wine.
95 points, Real Review
"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, James Halliday (September 2018)
"Lime, ruby red grapefruit, almond, some green herb character. Light but delivering plenty of juicy flavour and flinty crunch, green olive, fine-boned, good energy and zesty feel. Subtle cheesy savoury elements, lime and rind on a long and chalky finish. Better again with a couple of years on it, as they tend to be." 95+ points, Gary Walsh (November 2018)