January 21, 2024

Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay

Who makes it?

Tolpuddle is the Tasmanian vineyard owned by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW. The dynamic duo behind the outstanding Shaw + Smith label from Australia’s Adelaide Hills launched this label in 2013. The story behind the Tolpuddle label started with a moment of compulsive insanity (click here to read about it). Of course, beginning such as this are not unusual in the wine world. The potential for Tasmania, Australia’s ‘Apple Isle’, to produce great wine has long been known in Australia. Undeniably, It is heartening to see the state deservedly start to accrue accolades from around the world. Particularly for their finely honed Chardonnays, elegant Pinot Noir and superb fizz.

How they make it?

Every time I taste this wine, it is the fineness and purity of fruit that always makes me stop and take notice. Even when included in a competitive set of the best Chardonnays around the world, Tolpuddle Chardonnay shines like polished beacon. Typically, the grapes are whole bunch pressed after careful hand picking. The ferment takes place in French oak barrels and stays within those barrels for around nine months. For some extra creaminess, before bottling the wine is transferred unracked to tank and left for some extra lees time. 

What does it taste like?

The fine grain of texture in this Chardonnay means that the oak regime adds texture rather than overt flavours. The nougat and lightly buttered nuts accentuate the grapefruit and stone fruit. As a result of that extended lees contact, the wine has some flesh to the lean natural acid backbone. It is a fuller bodied Chardonnay and its notoriously elegantly balanced. Like it has a natural grace that resonates and lingers along the finish.

What to drink with it?

After making the decision to drink it young versus letting it sit for a decade, you might like to enjoy this a delicate white fish fillet or grilled chicken with a macadamia butter sauce. 

Quickie review «This is unquestionably a benchmark Tasmanian Chardonnay that shows just how polished Australian Chardonnay can be. »

Country of Origin: Tasmania, Australia 
Tasting Date: January 2024
Price:  UK £75 | AU$160 | USD$85 ++  
Drink: now – 7+ years
Needs food: no
Source: tasting

Like Tolpuddle Chardonnay? For a review of a previous vintage click here. Love Australian Chardonnay? Click below for some favourites.
Pierro Chardonnay
Mount Mary Chardonnay
Larry Cherubino Chardonnay

www.tolpuddlevineyard.com

First published 21st October 2022 & updated January 2024

Categories

Looking for a something specific, please use search:

You May Also Like…

Colome El Arenal Malbec 

Colome El Arenal Malbec 

Who makes it?  Colome El Arenal Malbec is a high altitude red from the Upper Calchaquí Valleys in Argentina’s Salta region.  Colome has a very long history dating back to 1831. The Hess family are the current custodians of some of the oldest vines still...

Briar Ridge Albarino 

Briar Ridge Albarino 

Who makes it?  Briar Ridge Albarino is a small batch wine from a well loved Hunter Valley winery. Briar Ridge is one of those wineries in the Hunter that has an immensely strong cellar door club of wine lovers. Obviously, Briar Ridge is well known for their Hunter...

Genista The SG Shiraz Grenache 

Genista The SG Shiraz Grenache 

Who makes it?  Genista The SG is a classic Barossa red. However, the label ‘The SG’, is not for Shiraz Grenache. It is for Sarah Gregory, who is one of the duo behind the brand with Lloyd Broom.  While the brand is new, the vineyards are not. One in...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *