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2017 Tolpuddle Chardonnay

2017 Tolpuddle Chardonnay

'This is one of Australia's most exciting vineyards.'

98 Points - James Halliday

Three Trophys, Royal Melbourne 2018 - Best Young White, Best Chardonnay, Best Single Vineyard Wine

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  • The best Chardonnay in Australia right now? You be the judge, but with the revelatory praise and awards that have been coming the way of this wine lately, you would be hard pressed to think of another wine more deserving of the title. Made by the Shaw + Smith crew, from a famous single-vineyard in Tasmania, this is a primal example of cool-climate Australian Chardonnay done right.

    Adam Wadewitz, the man keeping everything at check at Shaw + Smith and Tolpuddle is a wunderkid when it comes to wines with integral acidity. He just gets it. It's not just a secondary part of the wine, it becomes it. This Chardonnay is virulent, and omniscient in its line and length, an assault of grapefruit, rind, smoked almonds, and assorted citrus characters. It feels energetic, and savoury at the same time. Pristine, like the clean, clear waters of Tasmania, this is a wine for the long-haul, and would easily eat most 1er Burg for breakfast. Get on it.

    Trophy Winner at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show, and 98 points from James Halliday in his Top 100 Wines of the year.


    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 flavour. The 2017 vintage was defined by concentration paired with high natural acidity, and reflects a wonderful growing season, and the results of the detailed work done in the vineyard.


    'This is one of Australia's most exciting vineyards. Many Tasmanian chardonnay producers struggle in managing acidity, Tolpuddle simply makes it an essential part of the wine, serving to highlight the nectarine, white peach and grapefruit flavours. Likewise, oak is an incidental part, serving to delicately frame the fruit.'
    98 Points - James Halliday, Top 100 Wines of 2018

    'Penetrative grapefruit, peach and lemon backed by coriander, ham hock and minerals, finishes savoury with crunchy acids.'

    95 Points - Jeremy Oliver

    'Lime, ruby red grapefruit, almond, some green herb character. Light but delivering plenty of juicy flavour and flinty crunch, green olive, fine-boned, good energy and zesty feel. Subtle cheesy savoury elements, lime and rind on a long and chalky finish. Better again with a couple of years on it, as they tend to be.'
    95 Points - Gary Walsh

    97 Points - Gold Medal Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    Douglas Seabrook Trophy for Best Single Vineyard Wine

    Francois de Castella Trophy for Best Young White Wine Chardonnay of Show

    'Last year’s wine was exquisitely pure and finessed, this years version is bolder, with less whipped butter and more butterscotch. It’s probably a better wine too. Complexity is the key – a second glass gives a mandarin tang and the oak is cleverly understated, with a medium bodied, delicate, acid-shaped style that takes more from Chablis than Montrachet (sorry for the French benchmark cliche), Again, a perfectly formed cool climate Chardonnay of the top echelon (and so refreshing), if still a little on the lean side.

    Best drinking: I’d prefer to drink it next year, when that sprightly acid folds in more. Then it will hold for at least five years after, probably more. Would I buy it? 1er Cru quality Chardonnay, for half the price. A no-brainer.
    95 Points - Andrew Graham, Ozwinereview

    'With its brilliantly intense, fresh bouquet of lemon, grapefruit and struck flint, it’s an arresting wine with great vivacity. Tight, cool-grown fruit in the citrus spectrum with low-level sulphide complexing notes. The aftertaste is tight, fine and persistent.'
    95 Points - Gourmet Traveller September 2018

    'Very light yellow colour. Very crisp, fresh, bright bouquet of lemon, grapefruit and struck-flint; an arresting bouquet which is truly more-ish. The palate is again very bright and fresh, crisp and zesty, with great vivacity of flavour, tight cool-climate fruit in the citrus spectrum and low-level sulfide complexities. Long carry; a riveting wine.'
    95 Points - Huon Hooke