This is one awesome chardonnay – the first release from one of the great established vineyards in Tasmania. The fruit has previously been sold to go into Penfolds Yattarna, Eileen Hardy and top Chandon sparkling. Really bright perfumed citrus, stone-fruit & honey - super fine and elegant yet with great depth, balance and precision. I wrote precision in my tasting note three times over lunch of cured ocean trout & pickled red onions. The wine carries beautiful flavor all the way with a lean and long line of acid. In this way it’s like a great Grand Cru Chablis or Puligny Montrachet. A secret to the mouthfeel is that it develops flavor at low beaume, and thus is light on its feet. This wine will not be around long. 900 dozen made and half to be exported. – WOW!. Ian Cook – FWC
The 2016 Tolpuddle Chardonnay is definitely riper than previous vintages – if making tedious Burgundy comparisons we’ve moved from Puligny to Merseault here. 80% malolactic fermentation, a small proportion of new wood. The nose is very complex – fresh and toasted almond, a flinty character and a good deal of grapefruit and citrus. Not quite floral but very lifted and bright. The power of the palate comes as quite a surprise. There is whit peach, grapefruit and citrus but it is the ability to marry intensity and concentration of fruit with a weightless feel that really impresses (and confounds). Delicious flinty/oyster shell mineral acid carries long through the finish. A knockout wine from a very special vineyard. FWC.