Tolpuddle Coal River Chardonnay, 2015

£45.00

Rated “Outstanding” by decanter, this is one of the best loved and highly regarded Chardonnays in the new world.  A frankly majestic cool climate white which will satisfy those with a fondness of elegant white Burgundy whilst ticking all the boxes for customers looking for superior Australian examples.  Sublime.

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Decanter – 96pts (Outstanding)

“This incisive, single vineyard Chardonnay puts me in the mind of Riesling.  Rapier-like acidity and slatey minerality with fresh grapefruit and icing sugar-dusted green apples.  Terrific length and velocity”

The Wine Front – 95pts

“Wow. Here’s a wine. Depth of chardonnay flavour is inherent, it’s lightly creamy, rests on a steel rod of crystalline acidity, opens gently with marzipan sweet-savouriness and shows pure, quietly powerful citrus and green apple characters. It’s even, flows superbly, has great energy, not a hair out of place. A phenomenal carriage of flavour and complexity. Really good chardonnay here.”

Winsor Dobbin – 97pts

“Tolpuddle in the Coal River Valley is one of the finest chardonnay vineyards in Tasmania. Planted in 1988 (which makes it an old vine site in Tassie) it was purchased a few years ago by the savvy team from Shaw+Smith in the Adelaide Hills. Lavished with care and attention ever since, it is producing wines of style and distinction. This new release is a stunner; combining structure and elegance. Think citrus and Ganny Smith notes, flinty minerality, a fine line of precise acid and, most of all, glorious drinkability.”

Jancis Robinson – 17/20

“A pre-bottling sample that was extremely ripe and winning but racy and vivacious too. The opposite of austere. A winner. Rather voluptuous fruit but certainly not oaky” (15.03.2016)

Tolpuddle

 

The Tolpuddle vineyard was purchased by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith in 2011. It is situated in the Coal River Valley, in Tasmania’s southeast corner. First planted in 1988 by Tony Jordan and Garry Crittenden, it has since established a reputation for growing exceptional quality grapes, with the focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The cool but relatively dry climate allows the grapes to ripen slowly in autumn, without the disease pressure that heavy rainfall can bring. The vineyard took its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs, who were transported to Australia in 1834 for starting an agrarian union in Tolpuddle in Dorset. The leader of the group, George Loveless, served part of his sentence working on a property near Richmond called GlenAyr, part of which is now the Tolpuddle Vineyard.

In 2006 Tolpuddle won the inaugural Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year award, reflecting the performance of this distinguished site. Under the current owners, their goal is to make one of the finest single vineyards in Australia for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir..

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