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It is rare that a completely new release comes to market with such universal acclaim. Tolpuddle Vineyards Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have been hailed as "a new benchmark for Australian Pinot Noir" and "a confident, intense dry white in Australia-meets-Chablis mold, revealing the vineyard source and the purity of fruit that that entails, a Michelangelo's David to the many Goliaths out there." Decanter Magazine, JancisRobinson.com and critics Huon Hooke, Anthony Rose, and Jamie Goode have all been...
- 98 Points -
- Best Chardonnays outside Burgundy -
Planted in 1988 and named after the Tolpuddle Martyrs who grew beer hops on the Coal River Valley vineyard, which now makes one of Australia’s most thrillingly mineral, tightly coiled Chardonnays. Mouthwatering flavours of whetstone, struck match, steely grapefruit and nectarine ricochet energetically all the way to the back palate. Great line and length.
- 98 Points -
This is one of Australia's most exciting vineyards. Many Tasmanian chardonnay producers struggle in managing acidity, Tolpuddle simply makes it an essential part of the wine, serving to highlight to highlight the nectarine, white peach and grapefruit flavours. Likewise, oak is an incidental part, serving to delicately frame the fruitSee detailed press review
- 97 Points -
What a nose of chalk, crushed stones, slate, vanilla, spices, honeysuckle, sliced apples, quince, dried sage, thyme and a ton of freshly squeezed lemons and limes. The palate’s very edgy with a taut line of acidity, but it fits in so well the stone fruit and flora undertones. Clarity, precision and focus that matches up to any top Grand Cru Burgundy. Not for the faint of heart but the fearless.See detailed press review
- 93 Points -
One of the more exciting Tasmanian projects to make it into global distribution, Tolpuddle is an offshoot of Shaw + Smith in the Adelaide Hills. The 2017 Chardonnay is a strong effort, offering some funky, complex aromas of struck match layered over subtle French oak and crisp notes of pineapple and underripe peaches. It's medium-bodied, with great drive and energy that persist through the long, lemony finish.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
Intense and vivid, with a crisp core of Meyer lemon and white grapefruit flavors, accents of cedar, toast and spice, and an appealing note of orange zest that lingers on the finish.See detailed press review