Andrew Graham - Oz Wine Review - June 2017
Indeed, this Chardonnay nails it. The Tolpuddle Vineyard was originally planted for sparkling grapes, and this vintage has a blanc de blancs like freshness, the flavours exquisitely precise. It’s a Chardonnay that perfectly cavorts with what is ‘enough’ ripeness, delivering something delicate, emphatically pure and ultra-lean, yet stopping short of the annoying anaemia that plagues many Australian Chardies. Superb wine.
Mike Bennie - winefront.com.au - May 2017
Release date is TBA but let’s call it ‘a couple of months away’ or something. The 2015 season was interesting in Tasmania, and this wine was picked a little riper (woohoo!). The wine also went through 100% malolactic fermentation. “In the winery, everything told us to work the wine a little bit, the vineyard gave us something, and we went for width and depth, worked at trying to work with the fruit that’s arrived”, says winemaker Adam Wadewitz. It’s the most flavoursome Tolpuddle to date – and the best, by a stretch for me.
Wow. Here’s a wine. Depth of chardonnay flavour is inherent, it’s lightly creamy, rests on a steel rod of crystalline acidity, opens gently with marzipan sweet-savouriness and shows pure, quietly powerful citrus and green apple characters. It’s even, flows superbly, has great energy, not a hair out of place. A phenomenal carriage of flavour and complexity. Really good chardonnay here.
Huon Hooke.com - November 2016
A marvellous wine of great delicacy allied to great intensity. Creamy yeast lees aromas; fine, subtle citrus fruit scents. The palate is precise and focused, seamless and harmonious, with less of the fruit pungency of the 2014 vintage. Great line and length. (100% malolactic fermentation doesn't show)
JamesSuckling.com - Top 100 Wines of Australia - January 2017
An extraordinary wine from one of the most perfect growing seasons, this has seen 100% malolactic fermentation, and the way in which the acidity is set into the wine is stunning. The nose has a good serving of toasty hazelnuts and spicy oak, but the bright grapefruit and white-peach fruits take centre stage. Flinty and complex. The palate is cast around a central core of intense, commanding acidity, while peach-custard and lemon-curd flavors hold super long. The acidity pins the finish in place. Stunning concentration and balance. Elegant and powerful. Drink on release in 2017 and for 5+ years.