Tolpuddle 2015 Chardonnay
If ever a winery was born with blue blood in its veins, Tolpuddle would have to be it. The vineyard was established in 1988 on a continuous downhill slope facing northeast, and in 06 won the inaugural Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year Award. Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw are joint managing directors. David LeMire looks after sales and marketing; Adam Wadewitz, one of Australia’s brightest winemaking talents, is senior winemaker; and Ray Guerin, one of Australia’s most experienced viticulturists, with specialist expertise in cool climate vineyards, is group viticulturist. Vineyard manager Carlos Souris loses nothing in comparison, with over 30 years of grapegrowing in Tasmania under his belt, and an absolutely fearless approach to making a great vineyard even greater. JAMES HALLIDAY
I think James sums it up well in his Wine Companion note about Tolpuddle. If I were a betting man I would have laid down my life savings on a gamble that this was one day going to be one of the great cool climate wines in Australia. Recent releases have been nothing short of superb and have backed up all the initial excitement around the trade and from consumers in the know. This is like the dream team for Aussie Chardonnay and Pinot with some of the greatest wine minds in country involved.
The 2015 Chardonnay has just been officially released and what I am about to say I do not do so lightly. This is as good as Australian Chardonnay gets. It’s super sophisticated, powerful and painfully intense. The length is noteworthy, the fruit crystal clear and pristine. If you like Chard you will love this wine and that is my personal guarantee. But don’t take my word for it, the press is in and it is unanimous in its praise.
We are offering it at a 20% discount in six packs this week only and I strongly encourage everyone to buy this wine. I know I will be putting some in my stash.
To order please feel free to either respond directly to this email or contact us at the store on 03 9370 6561
An extraordinary wine from one of the most perfect growing seasons, this has seen 100% malolactic fermentation, and the way in which the acidity is set into the wine is stunning. The nose has a good serving of toasty hazelnuts and spicy oak, but the bright grapefruit and white-peach fruits take centre stage. Flinty and complex. The palate is cast around a central core of intense, commanding acidity, while peach-custard and lemon-curd flavors hold super long. The acidity pins the finish in place. Stunning concentration and balance. Elegant and powerful. Drink on release in 2017 and for 5+ years. (97) NICK STOCK, James Suckling’s Top 100 Wines of Australia
A marvellous wine of great delicacy allied to great intensity. Creamy yeast lees aromas; fine, subtle citrus fruit scents. The palate is precise and focused, seamless and harmonious, with less of the fruit pungency of the 2014 vintage. Great line and length. (97) HUON HOOKE
Wow. Here’s a wine. Depth of chardonnay flavour is inherent, it’s lightly creamy, rests on a steel rod of crystalline acidity, opens gently with marzipan sweet-savouriness and shows pure, quietly powerful citrus and green apple characters. It’s even, flows superbly, has great energy, not a hair out of place. A phenomenal carriage of flavour and complexity. Really good chardonnay. (95) MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front