A single vineyard wine from Tasmania’s Coal River Valley, Tolpuddle is already showing promise as one of Australia’s next great single vineyard Pinot Noirs. Planted in 1988, the vineyard takes its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs, a group of English convicts who were transported to Tasmania for having the audacity to form an agricultural union.
In 2006 the vineyard won the inaugural Tasmanian vineyard of the year award, capturing the attention of numerous wine luminaries including Shaw + Smith duo Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW who acquired the vineyard in 2011. The first release of the 2012 vintage was met with critical acclaim both in Australia and overseas.
'Bright, clear crimson; the bouquet is at once powerful yet eloquently varietal in precisely the same fashion as the palate; here black cherry and plum lead the way, red fruits bringing up the rear; it has exceptional intensity and drive, with fine tannins reminiscent of top-flight Burgundy.' 97 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion