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 a 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 for Jamessuckling.com.
Vinified with 40% whole bunches in open fermenters, the parcels spending 15-25 days on skins, matured in French barriques. 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. 98 Points. Drink: to 2035. James Halliday Top 100, Weekend Australian November 2018.