Tolpuddle Pinot Noir 2014
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.
Excellent colour; the bouquet is highly expressive and fragrant, with red fruits wrapped in notes of spice and forest that will continue to increase as the wine develops; the palate is similarly poised between primary fruit flavours and savoury secondary characters. Its greatest assets are its balance and, above all, length. Rating: 97 Points; Drink by: 2029; Price: $75.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2015; Alcohol: 12.5%; Top 100 Wines of 2015 - James Halliday; Weekend Australian
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