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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. 

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

Tight. Always released too early, so I gave it a day to relax. And another day for good measure. The outcome of all that is, in short, that it’s Very Good. Bright, tangy, almost Chablis-like with pure fruit, leaning towards lime and white peach, green olive mitigated by some creamy cashew, stony texture, then a big burst through the finish. Line and length, I guess, is what they go for, but this year packs in a bit more ripeness and flavour, which is more than welcome. The feel of it is very good. And it’s very good to drink. It’s a pretty intellectual style, but gee they’ve done it well this year. Rating: 95 Points; Drink: 2018-2024+; Price: $65; Date Tasted: Oct 2015; Alcohol: 13%; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front


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