Tolpuddle made the headlines back in May when it took out the Best Australian red wine, Best Australian pinot noir and Best Tasmanian pinot noir awards at the International Wine Challenge in London. Quite quickly, this wine flew off the shelves to the delight of Tolpuddle’s owners, the dynamic Adelaide Hills winery Smith + Shaw duo. While I’m not one to follow shows and the multitude of awards handed out, I’m still curious as to know what level this Tasmanian pinor noir punches at, given that its stable-mates of award winners include wines made for Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Aldi.
$75. The 20ha vineyard was planted in 1988, and purchased when Tolpuddle was setup in 2011. Only the second vintage produced, which says a lot about the winemaker Adam Wadewitz’s ability and the good 2013 vintage. Med+ intensity with a black ruby core and watery rim. Youthful aromas of blueberries and preserved cherries, with prominent notes of 5 spice and cloves, hint of cured meat. Smooth silky texture, rich acidity, fine soft tannins. The bright fruity core is interwoven by savoury notes, reflecting a more complex wine that you’d associate with most Tasmanian pinot noirs. This is very good for only the second vintage, and I’ll be curious to see how Tolpuddle continue to maintain this high standard of winemaking. There is a certain element of ripeness at this early stage, drink now – 2020. 94-95/100.