The Tolpuddle vineyard was purchased by the shareholders of Shaw and Smith in 2011. First planted in 1988 by Tony Jordan and Garry Crittenden with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it has since established a reputation for growing exceptional quality grapes...
The vineyard took its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs, who were transported to Australia in 1834 for starting an agrarian union. 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.
The north east facing vineyard is located in the reputable Coal River Valley region in southeast Tasmania. With only 500mm of rainfall per year, this cool but relatively dry climate allows the grapes to ripen slowly in autumn, without the disease pressure that heavy rainfall can bring. The soil is light silica over sandstone and of moderate vigour, ensuring well-balanced vines. In 2006 the vineyard won the inaugural Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year award, reflecting the performance of this unique and distinguished site.
The season was cool to mild, with a few periods of warmer weather helping achieve flavour and tannin ripeness. Crops were 20% lower than normal, with small bunch sizes, giving very good concentration of flavour.
The grapes were all hand picked, whole-bunch pressed and fermented in French oak barriques. Only a small portion was put through malolactic fermentation, so the freshness of the natural acidity was retained.
The Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay is a wine of finesse and poise, with delicate flavours of lime, green apple peel with a savoury biscuit note and a firm seam of acidity that bodes well for ageing.
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