The grapes were all hand picked, whole bunch pressed and fermented in French oak. The wine spent nine months in barrel with gentle stirring as required, then rested in tank on lees. This Chardonnay is simply beautiful from start to finish. The bouquet is full of peach blossom, white flowers and flint. The palate is equally as stunning - explosive flavours of grapefruit, white peach and lemon meringue, backed up by a lovely Chardonnay creaminess and fantastic spine of acid. It is complex and very long finishing. Beautiful now but thoughtful short to medium term cellaring will offer even more rewards.
Pair with seared Tasmanian scallops or a chicken caesar salad.
Varietal / Blend: Chardonnay
Decant: Not necessary
Closure: Screw cap
Farming Practices: Sustainable
Tolpuddle Vineyard was established in 1988 and it took its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs: English convicts transported to Tasmania for forming an agricultural union. The leader of the Martyrs, George Loveless, served some of his sentence working on a property near Richmond, part of which is now Tolpuddle Vineyard. The vineyard is planted with mature Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines, facing north-east, and sloping gently up from Back Tea Tree Road. The soil is light silica over sandstone and of moderate vigour, ensuring well-balanced vines producing grapes of great flavour and intensity.
In 2006 Tolpuddle Vineyard won the inaugural Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year award, reflecting the performance of this unique and distinguished site. Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW purchased the vineyard in 2011 and are fully committed to seeing Tolpuddle Vineyard recognised as one of Australia’s great single vineyards. Martin and Michael were very smart in head hunting Adam Wadewitz as Tolpuddle's senior winemaker. For those in the know, he comes with an incredible CV!