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.
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 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2019)
New wine, new year. A strong sense of sulphides and mineral water. And I kind of like that here; there is some fruit flavour to back it up. I’ll get past the main quibble quickly, and that is that flavour doesn’t seem to carry very far, so far, and acid scores the palate. What we have is a wine of mostly lovely texture, but very austere feel. Lean but on the cusp of mean – I like wines on the edge though, for the most part. It has that strong sense of winemaking play that brings about flint and mineral stuff, and in cahoots is a kind of lemon-peach iced tea character running gently underneath – that barely there fruit is a treat, which I wish I saw more of in the wine. There’s a sense of pedigree here, no doubt. Take your time.
93+ points, The Wine Front (August 2019)
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.
98 Points, James Halliday, November 2019. Top 100 Wines of 2019.