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The Tolpuddle Pinot Noir hails from one of the most talked about vineyards in Tasmania. As James Halliday puts it, “The vineyard was established in 1988 on a magnificent continuous downhill slope facing northeast, and in 06 won the inaugural Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year Award.”
It has some of the country’s keenest wine-minds as its custodians, including Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw, young winemaking guru Adam Wadewitz and Ray Guerin, one of Australia’s most respected viticulturists.
With an all-star team and a plot of dirt this good, this is rapidly becoming one of Tasmania’s most talked about and iconic Pinot Noirs.
Campbell Mattinson called it “pinot noir in a cursive, elaborate script.”(94 points), while in his 97 point review James Halliday said it’s “right up there with the best of the best from a great Tasmanian vintage.”
What It Tastes Like
“It’s no shrinking violet. It’s pinot noir in a cursive, elaborate script. Herbs flounce, spices flay, twigs trip through sour cherry and beet. A gentle infusion of woodsmoke, orange peel and roasted nuts adds to the feeling that summer has passed, and autumn is well upon us. I like this. It’s complex in a seamless, engaging manner. It combines personality with discipline; it finishes taut and controlled. If it was walking down the street you’d sneak a second look or two.”- Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
97 points. “Bright, clear crimson; this is right up there with the best of the best from a great Tasmanian vintage, sharing the alluring, perfumed fruits and the integrity of high quality tannins proficing the structure for a long future. There is a purity to the red and black cherry/berry fruits that shines through the portals of the savoury/spicy tannins. A luminous future will richly repay those who are patient.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
94 points. “It’s no shrinking violet. It’s pinot noir in a cursive, elaborate script. Herbs flounce, spices flay, twigs trip through sour cherry and beet. A gentle infusion of woodsmoke, orange peel and roasted nuts adds to the feeling that summer has passed, and autumn is well upon us. I like this. It’s complex in a seamless, engaging manner. It combines personality with discipline; it finishes taut and controlled. If it was walking down the street you’d sneak a second look or two.”
- Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Hand-picked and fermented as a combination of whole berries and whole bunches, in open fermenters with gentle plunging. The wine was aged in French oak of which about 1/3 was new.
The vineyard is planted with mature Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines, facing north-east, and sloping gently up from Back Tea Tree Road. The soil is light silica over sandstone and of moderate vigour, ensuring well-balanced vines producing grapes of great flavour and intensity.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2029
About the Producer
On an expedition to Tasmania in 2011, Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW purchased a stunning vineyard in the Coal River Valley which they thought had the potential to make some of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the region.
Tolpuddle is now one of Tasmania’s most talked about vineyards, producing wines of blistering precision and finesse which have received rave critical acclaim. They are highly sought-after and are some of the finest examples of these varieties that can be found anywhere on the Apple Isle. These are premium wines that should be savoured.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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