Tolpuddle Chardonnay 2022


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Tasmania, Australia
98 points




Established in 1988, Tolpuddle Vineyard derives its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs – English convicts banished to Tasmania for their pioneering agricultural union. George Loveless, their leader, once toiled on land near Richmond, a parcel of which now encompasses Tolpuddle Vineyard, where mature Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines bask in a north-eastern embrace, gently ascending from Back Tea Tree Road. With its light silica soil overlaying sandstone, this vineyard boasts a judiciously restrained vigor, fostering a harmonious vine balance that yields grapes of exceptional flavor and intensity.

In 2006, the inaugural Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year accolade graced Tolpuddle Vineyard, affirming its unique and distinguished character.

With unwavering dedication, Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW assumed ownership in 2011, aspiring to elevate Tolpuddle Vineyard into the pantheon of Australia's finest single vineyards.


98 points
Huon Hooke

Light bright yellow with a smoky, nutty, barrel fermented bouquet which also packs seaspray/oyster-shell, mixed spices and talcy aromas into the mix. In the mouth it's very intense and focused, tensioned and crisp, without strident acidity but lovely refreshing properties. A superb wine, quietly complex and penetrating, obviously barrel-fermented but not showing too-overt oak. The acidity is bright and refreshing and cleanses the aftertaste. Amazing length. Magical stuff.

98 points

Another alluring Coal River chardonnay release from the folks at Tolpuddle. It's at once full and concentrated but is reined in by a tight framework of acidity, coiling on rails of minerality before powering across the palate. Tension and detail on point, light textural phenolic elements give it a sleek and silken mouthfeel. The fruit tones of white peach, nectarine and citrus are cloaked in soft spice, white floral tones, struck match, almond paste and crushed stone and the wine displays a stony elegance and seriousness on the long finish. If we were to talk in hushed tones about what would constitute a Tasmanian Grand Cru chardonnay, the Tolpuddle would be the front-runner. Superb.

98 points

Always a very good chardonnay. Often among the New World's best. This said, it is always a pungent, flinty reductive iteration, considerably different to the more generous norm in these parts. Medium-bodied and typically taut, reeling off truffle, leesy oatmeal and white peach notes across a tautly furled, almost gritty climax of praline and hazelnut accents. This will age exceptionally well.


Screw cap
Serving Temp.
10-12 °C
Cellar until
Now - 2037
Food pairing
Chardonnay pairs exquisitely with a wide spectrum of dishes, including buttery seafood, creamy pasta, roasted poultry, and dishes featuring rich sauces.

Tasting Profile

A strong but low yielding vintage for Chardonnay in 2022. On the nose, there is great purity, with florals, lemon, and lime notes.
The palate has intensity and flavor but the personality of this wine is defined by its lightness, delicacy, and precision. It has excellent balance, with a crystalline character, fresh acid, and impressive persistence of flavor.

Tolpuddle Chardonnay 2022

Tolpuddle Chardonnay 2022

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