White Wine - Australia
Tolpuddle Coal River Valley Chardonnay
The Tolpuddle Vineyard was purchased by Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw in 2011 (the founders of the now world-famous, Shaw + Smith). First planted in 1988 by Tony Jordan and Garry Crittenden with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it has since established a reputation for growing exceptional quality grapes.
The Tolpuddle vineyard is in the Coal River Valley, just outside of Hobart. This area is significantly drier than other cool-climate regions, with an average of 500 millimetres of rain per year. These conditions allow the grapes to ripen slowly through autumn resulting in perfectly formed grapes.
Intensely aromatic with lemon peel, white blossom, wet stone and a captivating struck match note. There is intensity but also plenty of texture and verve, as well as a long finish.