This year’s fruit was amongst the best we’ve seen from Tolpuddle Vineyard. There was record rainfall during the growing season, presenting challenges but also ensuring good vine growth and health. Ripening was long and cool and fortunately conditions remained dry and cool right through to harvest, allowing excellent flavour development and natural acid retention.
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 reflects a wonderful, cool season and the results of the detailed work done in the vineyard. The grapes were all hand picked, whole bunch pressed, and fermented in French oak. The wine spent nine months in barrel with gentle stirring as required, then rested in tank on lees. Ideal serving temperature: 12–15°C. Cellar potential: Will repay careful cellaring for up to 10 years. Food match: Pan fried scallops.
This is one of Australia’s most exciting vineyards. Many Tasmanian Chardonnay producers struggle to manage acidity but Tolpuddle simply makes it an essential part of the wine, serving to highlight the nectarine, white peach and grapefruit flavours. Oak is incidental, serving to frame the fruit. 98 Points. Drink: to 2032. James Halliday Top 100, Weekend Australian November 2018.