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  • Fresh, complex and intense
  • Packed with flavour. Absolutely delicious
  • "It’s the most flavoursome Tolpuddle to date – and the best, by a stretch for me." Mike Bennie

Tasting Notes

Colour Pale-Straw
Nose Aromas of green apple and citrus fruits on the nose with hints of marzipan.
Palate The palate also shows apple and citrus characters with a creamy mouthfeel and beautiful acid line.
Food Pairing Pan-fried scallops.
Cellaring 5-10 Years
Notes The second release of this Coal River Valley (south-eastern Tasmania) chardonnay.
Variety Chardonnay
Body Medium Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2015
Region Coal River
Country Australia
Sustainability None
Alcohol 12.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Tolpuddle Vineyard
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.
Coal River
The Coal River Valley wine region lies in the south of Tasmania, an easy 15 minutes drive outside of Hobart. It's the apple isle's fastest growing wine region, with almost a fifth of all Tasmanian wines grown there. The region is known for producing superior wines grown over some of the most fertile soil around.

The elements of rainfall, sunshine hours, number of rain days, temperature and overall humidity coalesce and culminate in cool climate conditions ideally suited to growing particular varietals. Predominantly in the reds, the region, as with much of Tasmania has an affinity for making top Pinot Noir however Cabernet, Merlot and some superb Shiraz have been known to emerge from the Coal River Valley too. In the whites, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc lead the charge with lesser amounts of Gewurztraminer grown there too. The dense, Pinot Noirs produced in the Coal River Valley region typically have more weight than their New Zealand counterparts with distinct savory notes not unlike the great red Burgundies. They've enamored many a visitor and will continue to do so as premium winemakers flock to the region.
Huon Hooke
A marvellous wine of great delicacy allied to great intensity. Creamy yeast lees aromas; fine, subtle citrus fruit scents. The palate is precise and focused, seamless and harmonious, with less of the fruit pungency of the 2014 vintage. Great line and length. (100% malolactic fermentation doesn't show)
James Suckling
An extraordinary wine from one of the most perfect growing seasons, this has seen 100% malolactic fermentation, and the way in which the acidity is set into the wine is stunning. The nose has a good serving of toasty hazelnuts and spicy oak, but the bright grapefruit and white-peach fruits take centre stage. Flinty and complex. The palate is cast around a central core of intense, commanding acidity, while peach-custard and lemon-curd flavors hold super long. The acidity pins the finish in place. Stunning concentration and balance. Elegant and powerful.

9th out of his Top 100 Wines of Australia
Mike Bennie
Release date is TBA but let’s call it ‘a couple of months away’ or something. The 2015 season was interesting in Tasmania, and this wine was picked a little riper (woohoo!). The wine also went through 100% malolactic fermentation. “In the winery, everything told us to work the wine a little bit, the vineyard gave us something, and we went for width and depth, worked at trying to work with the fruit that’s arrived”, says winemaker Adam Wadewitz. It’s the most flavoursome Tolpuddle to date – and the best, by a stretch for me.

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.

Drink: 2017 - 2025+
Jancis Robinson
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.


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