- 100% Pinot Noir
The Tolpuddle vineyard was purchased by the shareholders of Shaw and 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. The focus has been on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, given the cool climate in this part of Australia. What sets it apart from other cool climate areas is its low annual rainfall (about 500 mm).
This 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. 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 Tolpuddle Vineyard is north east facing with a gentle slope. The soil is light silica over sandstone, and of moderate vigour, ensuring well-balanced vines. Under the current owners Martin Shaw and Michael and Matthew Hill Smith, there is a firm commitment to making the site one of Australia's great vineyard domains for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
"Lean, delicate raspberry nose with alluring purity of fruit allied to a light herbaceous tone. Plenty of body and mid-palate richness for a relatively slender wine." The best Pinot Noirs in the world (outside Burgundy) - Decanter Magazine, April 2016
"Quite a tarry, meaty and savory edge to this nose, really bold and assertive; it is nicely wound together and has bright red cherry and pink grapefruit aromas as well as a smoky, flinty note. The palate's supple, bright, lithe and fresh with red and dark cherry fruit flavor, red plums too. Plenty of acid crunch, clear whole bunch influence on both palate and nose, and web-like, deep, fine tannins; detailed, light and shade." 96 points, James Suckling
"Mid to pale cherry red. Spicy, peppery, attention-grabbing nose. Real integrity. Great savour. Dry finish after the purest of Pinot palates. Great stuff! So sleek and refreshing. Beginning, middle and end. Great violets and freshness on the finish. Fabuloso." 18/20, Jancis Robinson