97 points James Suckling
"I like the slate, flint and stone aromas to the sliced apples and white dried pineapple. Lemon curd. Some honeysuckle, too. Full-bodied, with creamy texture and extremely long finish. Complete and beautiful. So well crafted. Drink or hold. Screw cap."
"‘A dream. Always looked approachable and lovely.’
Fabulous tension on the nose. And a very broad, satisfying fruit that really fills in every space on the palate. Best yet! 17.5+/20 points."
Tolpuddle Vineyard is an outstanding site within the Coal River Valley region. Planted in 1988 solely to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the vineyard takes its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs, whose “reward” for starting England’s first agrarian union was to be transported to Tasmania as convicts. Since acquiring the vineyard in 2011, Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith have invested heavily in improving all aspects of the vineyard and they are fully committed to seeing it recognized as one of Australia’s great single vineyard sites. Tasting Notes: This wine is true to the Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay style: fine and precise with firm acidity, and a combination of lightness of texture and intensity of flavor. Food Pairing: This refined cool climate Chardonnay suits many different plates, but we find it to be a perfect match with pan-fried sea scallops.