Tolpuddle Chardonnay, Tasmania, Australia 2015

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Tolpuddle Chardonnay, Tasmania, Australia 2015


Serious! Real rocky mineral aromas, plus intense Sicilian lemons, wild garlic and peelings of white bark. If it were Burgundy, it would be a Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet, jam-packed with tangy fruit and woody high notes, but it isn't, it's from an island 12,000 miles away in the Tasman Sea. Astonishing. 12.5% alc. Drink now-2023.

Press reviews:

"This incisive single-vineyard Chardonnay puts me in mind of Riesling. Rapier-like acidity and slatey minerality with fresh grapefruit and icing sugar-dusted green apples. Terrific velocity and lengthy. 12.5% alc. Drink now-2025." 96 points

James Suckling: "An extraordinary wine from one of the most perfect growing seasons, this has seen 100% malolactic fermentation, and the way in which the acidity is set into the wine is stunning. The nose has a good serving of toasty hazelnuts and spicy oak, but the bright grapefruit and white-peach fruits take centre stage. Flinty and complex. The palate is cast around a central core of intense, commanding acidity, while peach-custard and lemon-curd flavors hold super long. The acidity pins the finish in place. Stunning concentration and balance. Elegant and powerful. Drink on release in 2017 and for 5+ years." 97 points

Huon Hooke: "A marvellous wine of great delicacy allied to great intensity. Creamy yeast lees aromas; fine, subtle citrus fruit scents. The palate is precise and focused, seamless and harmonious, with less of the fruit pungency of the 2014 vintage. Great line and length. (100% malolactic fermentation doesn't show)" 97 Points

Vinous: "Pale yellow-gold. A highly complex bouquet displays fresh citrus and orchard fruit and floral scents, and a hint of iodine comes forward as the wine opens up. Juicy, incisive and seamless on the palate, offering vibrant Meyer lemon, pear nectar and toasted brioche flavors that pick up a smoky mineral flourish on the back half. Concentrated yet energetic in style, finishing impressively long and nervy and displaying impressive focus and lingering citrus fruit and mineral notes." 93 points

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