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Tolpuddle Chardonnay 2013

Tolpuddle Vineyard

Tolpuddle Vineyard was established in 1988 and it took its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs: English convicts transported to Tasmania for forming an agricultural union. The leader of the Martyrs, George Loveless, served some of his sentence working on a property near Richmond, part of which is now Tolpuddle Vineyard.

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.

In 2006 Tolpuddle Vineyard won the inaugural Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year award, reflecting the performance of this unique and distinguished site.

Martin Shaw, Michael Hill Smith MW and Matthew Hill Smith purchased the vineyard in 2011 and are fully committed to seeing Tolpuddle Vineyard recognised as one of Australia's great single vineyards.

Tasting Notes


The grapes were all hand picked, whole bunch pressed and fermented in French oak barriques, of which one third were new, and the balance second use and third use barrels. Only minimal malolactic fermentation, so the freshness of the natural acidity was retained.


Hints of citrus and white flowers.


A spine of crisp acidity is accompanied by great flavour through the line of the palate. There is a subtlety but also great concentration, and a purity that bodes well for cellaring.

Price: AUD $75.45

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