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Tolpuddle Chardonnay, 2019, Tasmania, Australia

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Tolpuddle has developed a worldwide reputation for its quality of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - putting wines from Tasmania firmly on the map. 

This Chardonnay is no exception with its quality showing through in mouth watering freshness and depth of flavour. The critics love this wine and we think you will too. 

The Wine:

Located about 20 minutes drive from Hobart, in the south east of Tasmania, the Coal River Valley has established a reputation for growing exceptional quality grapes. With a climate that is at the cool extremes for viticulture in Australia, it is no surprise that Chardonnay and Pinot Noir perform so splendidly.

The Tolpuddle Vineyard was first planted in 1988 by Tony Jordan and Garry Crittenden with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and established a reputation for growing exceptional quality grapes. The vineyard took its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs, who were transported to Australia in 1834 for starting an agrarian union. Tolpuddle vineyard was purchased by Michael Hill Smith and Martin Shaw in 2011 who are the current owners. 

The vineyard is a 20 hectare estate, is north-east facing in a rain shadow, so is dry but cold. The dry climate ensures there is very low disease pressure, which in turn means that they can leave the grapes on the vines for longer to ensure they ripen fully. The vineyard is situated on a gentle slope and the soil is light silica over sandstone and of moderate vigour, ensuring well-balanced vines. 

An anomaly for such a cool climate is that the rainfall is significantly lower than many of Australia's other cool climate regions, with an average of approximately 500mm of rain per year. This cool but relatively dry climate allows the grapes to ripen slowly in autumn, without disease pressure that heavy rainfall can bring.

The grapes were all hand picked, whole-bunch pressed, and fermented in French oak barriques. The wine spent nine months in barrel which had a mixture of toast levels and a third of which were new. There was gentle lees stirring as required, then a further two months in tank on lees prior to bottling.

Mild conditions in spring and a dry September encouraged moderate shoot development through the early part of the growing season. Temperatures remained mild during the latter period of ripening, resulting in fruit that ripened slowly with great concentration, power and natural acidity.

Tasting Note:

On the nose, this wine is intensely aromatic with lemon peel, white blossom, wet stone and a captivating struck match note. Notes of mandarin, white peach and biscuit are complemented by mouthwatering fresh acidity. There is intensity but also plenty of texture and verve, as well as a long finish. (Practising Organic, Vegetarian, Vegan). 

The Facts:

Wine

Tolpuddle

Vintage

2019

Style

White Wine

Grape Variety

100% Chardonnay

Alcohol Content

13%

Closure

Screwcap

Bottle Size

750ml

 

What the critics say:

 98 Points - Jamesuckling.com (Aug 2020)

"This has power and complexity and the right grade of reductive flair, overlaid on fresh yellow grapefruit and peach with flint and wet chalk, as well as attractive oak in the background. The palate has mouthwatering white-peach and lemon flavors with a deep draw of acidity that drives the finish in really deep, precise and fresh. Lip-smacking resolve here. Elegance, poise and whip-cracking freshness. Drink over the next six years". 

97 Points - Decanter (David Sly Aug 2020)

"The filigree structure is a study in delicate balance between pure varietal character, site differentiation and winemaker vision. Lean and bony, its fruit is bound in a taut frame of citrus-tinged acidity, yet the finely drawn flavours show unusual intensity and persistence. Keep looking beyond the pastel sketch of white peach and lemon, and deep down there’s struck flint, a hint of seasoned oak, a lick of wet granite – nothing overt, nothing that doesn’t add to the sum of the parts".

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