Tolpuddle Pinot Noir Coal River Valley Tasmania 2017  £56.50


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TOLPUDDLE PINOT NOIR COAL RIVER VALLEY TASMANIA

The Tolpuddle Vineyard was purchased by Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw 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 20 hectare north east facing vineyard is located in the Coal River Valley, which is in a rain shadow, so is dry but cold. The dry climate ensures there is very low disease pressure, which in turn means that they can leave the grapes on the vines for longer to ensure they ripen fully. 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.

Vibrant purple-black; seduces with swathes of dark cherries dipped in kirsch, florals, ferrous and woodsy spices, with toasty oak sewn to the shape of the fuller-bodied palate. Everything is in its place, creating an immaculate whole - the fine-grained tannins, the length, the freshness and detail. It's polished and totally convincing.

The grapes were all 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 one third was new. 

This wine is true to the Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir style: intensely aromatic, balanced with savoury spice notes from whole-bunch fermentation, along with purity of varietal expression, fresh acidity and firm tannins. It is very perfumed, medium bodied and approachable.


98 Points - James Halliday - The Wine Companion

Vinified with 40% whole bunches in open fermenters, the parcels spending 15-25 days on skins, matured in French barriques (30% new). This is an awesome wine, its bouquet charged with a distilled essence of cherry, strawberry and plum. There's nothing heavy-handed here, just sublime length, offering a virtually limitless future.

96 Points - Huon Hooke - The Real Review

Deep colour, remarkable for a Tasmanian pinot; cool spicy, bunchy bouquet, very complex. Sousbois and cherry. The palate has great tension, drive and length. A superb wine.

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