Country: Australia Region: Tasmania Vintage: 2014
Varietal: Riesling Category: Red Wine Color: Red
Producer: Tolpuddle Vineyard
"The Tolpuddle vineyard was purchased by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith in 2011. It is situated in the Coal River Valley, in Tasmania's southeast corner. First planted in 1988 by Tony Jordan and Garry Crittenden, it has since established a reputation for growing exceptional quality grapes, with the focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The cool but relatively dry climate allows the grapes to ripen slowly in autumn, without the disease pressure that heavy rainfall can bring.
The vineyard took its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs, who were transported to Australia in 1834 for starting an agrarian union in Tolpuddle in Dorset. The leader of the group, George Loveless, served part of his sentence working on a property near Richmond called GlenAyr, part of which is now the Tolpuddle Vineyard. In 2006 Tolpuddle won the inaugural Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year award, reflecting the performance of this distinguished site. Under the current owners, their goal is to make one of the finest single vineyards in Australia for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The Chardonnay is a wine of finesse and poise, with delicate flavours of lime, green apple peel and a savoury biscuit note. The Pinot Noir is floral and aromatic with lovely depth, soft and grainy tannins and a surprising underlying power."
Product Features: Sustainable;Vegetarian
Product Allergens: Sulphites Label
Winemaker: Martin Shaw & Adam Wadewitz
The 20 hectare north east facing vineyard is located in the Coal River Valley, which is in a rain shadow, so is dry but cold. The dry climate ensures there is very low disease pressure, which in turn means that they can leave the grapes on the vines for longer to ensure they ripen fully. The soil is light silica over sandstone and of moderate vigour, ensuring well-balanced vines. In 2006 the vineyard won the inaugural Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year award, reflecting the performance of this unique and distinguished site.
The grapes were all hand picked, fermented in open fermenters and hand plunged throughout, with an average of 25% of whole bunches. The wine was then aged in French oak barriques, of which approximately one third were new, for 10 months, followed by seven months in bottle prior to release.
Expressive Pinot aromas leap from the glass once again showing the extravagant, almost exotic nature of this wine. Dark cherry and a hint of plum meld seamlessly with spice and sap notes. The palate has both ripe and earthy edges with juicy acidity delivering brightness and freshness. There's a wonderful poise to the wine where the sense of structure and tannic grip perfectly frame the complex fruit and savoury characters.
Food Suggestion: A fantastic wine to accompany five spice roast duck breast.
Closure: Stelvin ABV:12.5% Acidity [g/l]: 5.7