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Tolpuddle Chardonnay

"If ever a winery was born with blue blood in its veins, Tolpuddle would have to be it" - James Halliday

Michael Hill Smith became Australia's first Master of Wine in 1988. He comes from a long line of wine-making tradition and in 1989 sold his share of the family business, Yalumba, to establish his own projects. The first of these was Adelaide Hills property, Shaw+Smith, with his cousin Martin Shaw. The Sauvignon Blanc quickly became the benchmark for Australia. The Tolpuddle vineyard was purchased by Shaw and Hill Smith in 2011. It is situated in the Coal River Valley, in Tasmania’s south-east 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.

This is some of the finest Aussie Chardonnay I've tasted. The only downside is how little there is to go around. Please click the links to order online.

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2019 Tolpuddle Chardonnay

30 Bot @ £190 per 6 Bot Case, in bond (£244.07 duty & VAT paid)

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. 
98 points Nick Stock,

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. 2020-2030.
97 points, Decanter

The 2018 was one of James Halliday's Top 100 wines of the year in 2019. He has yet to review the current release.

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, it won the inaugural Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year award, reflecting the performance of this distinguished site.

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