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2014 Tolpuddle Chardonnay

Region:Tasmania (Coal River Valley) , TAS

Style:Medium Bodied

Producer:Tolpuddle

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A stellar release of one of Tasmania's finest and indeed most controversial Chardonnays.

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This Tolpuddle release is one of the most interesting, high-quality and indeed divisive Chardonnays in Tasmanian wine. In his stellar 97 point review of the 2013 vintage, James Halliday remarked, "This label is certain to grace some of the greatest Aus pinots and chardonnays in the years ahead, the vineyard (planted in '88) a Tasmanian jewel." The "jewel" is situated in the south of Tasmania in the Coal River Valley. Set on a continuous slope facing North-East, this is the ideal locale for producing top-class, premium versions of Burgundian grapes. The thing is, this isn't for everyone. Whilst reviewers and punters alike all recognise its class, it has been divisive in years gone by due to its linear, tightly wound nature. It is the antithesis of the 'old school' Australian Chardonnay, built on acid and structure. The 2014 vintage sees slightly more ripeness and richness than in previous years, and has received a stream of brilliant reviews from the likes of Huon Hooke, Gary Walsh and Mike Bennie, as well as a Trophy for Best Tasmanian Chardonnay at the 2016 IWC. Personally, we loved it, and while it offers classy drinking now it is an excellent proposition for the cellar. One for the Chablis lovers!

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"True to its cool season, this is a tightly-honed Tolpuddle that captures the vibrant acid tension of southern Tasmania and contrasts it with the texture, body and complexity of lees age, lending struck flint and almond meal character and finely-honed mouthfeel. It holds all of this with accurate line and length, energised by the ever-present acid drive of this cool place." - Mike Bennie

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