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2017 Tolpuddle Pinot Noir

2017 Tolpuddle Pinot Noir

'Impressive with a strikingly resolved mix of power and elegance. Flavors of red and dark cherries, persimmon, plums and blackberries are encased in a sleeve of helix-like tannins, which also carry long and emanate waves of fresh fruit flavor. Intense red cherries and red plums hold the finish long and pure. This is something special. Drink or hold.'
99 points - Nick Stock

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  • This is the sixth release from Tolpuddle, and the finest to date. Every year we have championed this cutting edge Tasmanian brand, and this year we've got even more reason to get behind them. 99 Points. 99 massive points, and from one of the leading international wine critics, in the form of James Suckling and his local cohort Nick Stock. 

    This is an intense wine, befitting the tireless viticultural work and winemaking prowess of the team at Shaw & Smith. At this early stage in its life, it is almost like a coiled spring, the fruit and tannin and aromatics all finely coiled, ready to snap with full force as the bottle starts to develop with a little age. It's sappy, with garrigue and mezcal, rose balm, potpourri and sarsparilla, and then on to the more darker cherries and cranberry character. Impressive wine. This will be one of those blink and you missed it wines, so get on the action now, and fast as this stock is severely limited.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    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.

    TASTING NOTES

    This wine is true to the Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir style: intensely aromatic, balanced with savoury spice notes from whole bunch fermentation, along with purity of varietal expression, fresh acidity and firm tannins. The 2017 vintage is very perfumed, medium bodied and approachable.

  • REVIEWS


    'This 6th release of Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir is the finest work to date, as it shows refinement and true vineyard expression. The fruit aromas are wildly alluring with red and dark cherries, red plums, strawberries, pink grapefruit, blood oranges, peaches and pomegranate. Some light peppery notes and an array of freshly ground, hard brown spices, stony and sappy elements, crushed roses and violets. Very complex. The palate is just as impressive with strikingly resolved mix of power and elegance. Flavours of red and dark cherries, persimmon, plums and blackberries are encased in a sleeve of helix-like tannins, which also carry long and emanate waves of fresh fruit flavour. Intense red cherries and red plums hold the finish long and pure. This is something special. Drink or hold.'

    99 Points - Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com)

    'Vinified with 40% whole bunches in open fermenters, the parcels spending 15-25 days on skins, matured in French barriques (30% new). This is an awesome wine, its bouquet charged with a distilled essence of cherry, strawberry and plum. There's nothing heavy-handed here, just sublime length, offering a virtually limitless future.'
    98 Points - James Halliday
    Top 100 Wines of 2018


    '
    It’s impossible not to mention at least one pinot noir when it comes to cool-climate reds. In Tasmania’s Coal River Valley region, Tolpuddle Vineyard is making arguably the greatest pinot noir in Australia. Under the new ownership of Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith (Shaw + Smith) since 2011, the vineyard has been delivering improved results and now, showing full potential.

    With an outstanding score of 99 points, 6th release of Tolpuddle Vineyard pinot noir is conclusive proof as it is a true vineyard expression with much refinement. Whether it’s the wildly attractive fruit aromas or the outstanding palate with fresh fruit flavors and long, helix-like tannins, this pinot noir has truly impressed us.'
    James Suckling - July 2018


    'Deepish red with a good strong purple tint: a remarkable colour for a Tasmanian pinot. The bouquet is wonderfully aromatic and lifted, with dark to red cherry and spice aromas, the palate medium to full-bodied and rich, with density and weight and fleshy extract. The whole-bunch/stemmy characters are discreet and well managed. An outstanding pinot noir with irresistible flavours and aromas.'
    97 Points - Huon Hooke