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.
This is a very driven and complex red with dried-strawberry, tea, coffee and mahogany aromas and flavors. Full-bodied yet integrated and compact, giving the wine a refined and very structured impression. This is one to watch. Better after 2022, but already delicious.
95 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2019)
The march of Tolpuddle into the hearts, minds and cellars of Australian wine enthusiasts is both steady and relentless...
This Pinot Noir release is marked in its spice and general savouriness but the oak seems to have been dialled down slightly on previous releases. It may just be the season. We get beet and black cherry, plum and twiggy spice, with gentle infusions of clove and woodsmoke. If it was a photograph it would be vivid with earth-like tones. Acid runs refreshingly through, keeping it lively, but there’s excellent flavour here in volume terms and an impressive strike of grainy tannin. It’s another tip-top release, without question.
94+ points, Wine Front, September 2019