Country: Tasmania Region:
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2012 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Tolpuddle Vineyards
The Tolpuddle Vineyard was purchased by Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw...
in 2011. 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 vineyard took its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs, who were transported to Australia in 1834 for starting an agrarian union. 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.
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.
There were good rains through to mid-January. It then remained cool and dry through to harvest - ideal conditions for flavour development. Moderate yields of perfectly healthy fruit were picked a touch earlier than average in late-March/early-April.
The grapes were all hand-picked and fermented as a combination of whole berries and whole bunches, in open fermenters, with gentle plunging. The wine was aged in French oak, of which about one third was new.
This wine is true to the Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir style: intensely aromatic balanced with savoury spice notes from whole bunch fermentation, along with purity of varietal expression, fresh acidity and firm tannins. The 2015 vintage is particularly concentrated, and has great potential for ageing.