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Tolpuddle Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Coal River Valley - 2018

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The soil is a composition of silica over sandstone, ensuring well-balanced vines producing excellent aromatic complexity and intensity. When Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW bought the Tolpuddle Vineyard in 2011, it was clear to them that this terroir had the potential to produce some of the finest cool-climate wines in Australia.

This is the mission Shaw and Smith have been committed to for almost a decade, and with the 2018 releases it is clear that they have achieved their goal.

 

"This remarkable single vineyard in Tasmania's Coal River Valley was lovingly restored nearly a decade ago by respected Adelaide Hills duo Shaw and Smith. The 2018 marks Tolpuddle vineyard's 30th year in the ground and the maturity shows. This is quiet at first but with time and air unfurls like a genie from a bottle: cherry, red currant, stony minerality, dried florals, spices and a distinctive umami note. There's a lovely play between acidity and tannins on the silky, medium-weight palate. This is an elegant, terroir-driven wine that's beautiful now but it has a gorgeous life ahead of it. Drink now–2032."

95 points Christina Pickard