Tolpuddle Vineyard was established in 1988 and has gone from strength to strength over the past decade since being sold to the team behind Shaw + Smith in the Adelaide Hills. The vineyard is just outside Richmond in the Coal River Valley has light silica soil over sandstone that produce wines of style and elegance. This is undoubtedly one of Tasmania's finest Pinots.
Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir intensely aromatic, balanced with savoury spice notes from whole bunch fermentation, along with purity of varietal expression, fresh acidity and firm tannins.
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.
All hand-picked fruit is fermented as a combination of whole berries and whole bunches, in open wooden and stainless fermenters, with gentle plunging. Aged in French oak for ten months, of which about one third was new. Will repay careful cellaring for up to 12 years.Awards:
JamesSuckling.com - October 2021 - 99 Points
This is a wine we have not yet seen from Tolpuddle. It has such well-curated complexity and whole-bunch influence (40%) sits in the sweet spot. It is concentrated, yet so elegant and the vivid freshness that pervades every aspect of the nose and palate is striking. Aromas of red fruit, such as raspberry, strawberry, red cherry and red plum are framed in spice and fragrance. The palate has such impressive definition and clarity and the tannins are so detailed, fine and clear-cut. Concentrated red and darker cherries are fleshy, yet elegantly focused, and the acidity laces it all up so clearly. So drinkable now and for a decade at least. Screw cap.
Huon Hooke - The Real Review - November 2021 - 98 Points
Deep red/purple colour, quite dark for an Aussie pinot and very youthful. There are powerful meaty, smoky and five-spice savoury aromas; definite touches of smoky-bacon and charcuterie. The palate has a touch of firmness in its tannins and is a little uneven in its flow at first. There is real concentration and substantial oak here and it appreciates time in the glass to unfold its flavours and aromas, which are superb. It's a baby today and I would hope for a patient audience. The palate really sorts itself out with a little airing time. I'd cellar it for at least a year for full satisfaction. Tremendous drive, energy and length. A great wine in the making.