2020 Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay
Nick Stock - Jamessuckling.com - November 2021
This really asserts itself at the top echelon of chardonnay, in a context that extends far beyond the shores of the tiny island state of Tasmania. Already in such a great place, with aromas of white peach, lemon, lemon curd and very precisely curated sulphides adding interest. There’s wet chalk, lemon peel and gentle hazelnutty oak in play as well. The palate has seamless, layered and fresh citrus and peach flavors, as well as a stream of pithy grapefruit and peach on offer. Acidity holds the finish long and true. This is one of the most elegant vintages of this wine, reminiscent of the 2014. Oak chimes in so subtly on the finish. Drink or hold. 99 points.
Huon Hooke - The Real Review - November 2021
The Tolpuddle wines hit the ground running when the 2012 vintage was launched, but they continue to improve and the 2020s are arguably the best yet.
The colour is a youthful, very light yellow and it has a powerful smoky, toasty bouquet with a component of struck-flint character. The wine is tightly focused and lively on the tongue with bright acidity and penetrating length. A superb, piercingly tensioned chardonnay with cool-climate precision, finesse and length. It’s great now and will age superbly. 97 Points.
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front - November 2021
I used the word ‘slashing’ to describe the 2019 release and it’s aword that came to mind again here. This is a chardonnay of line and length if ever there was one. It’s not quite piercing but it’s on its way there. Preserved lemon, nectarine, crunchy green apple and chalk flavours come whispered with cedar, honeysuckle and lactose, though nothing here is overt. It feels refined, long and tense but it also feels sure of itself; it feels certain. It’s a beautiful chardonnay, young, essential, of gold medal standard. 94+ points.