Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2020
Angus Hughson98 points
James Halliday98 points
Good soil moisture from July and August rains meant the season started well. Cool and windy weather during flowering resulted in small bunch sizes, giving low crops with increased concentration and intensity. February saw even ripening and a rainfall event three weeks before harvest slowed the season down, resulting in fruit that was packed with flavour.
Tolpuddle Vineyard is an outstanding site within the Coal River Valley region, planted in 1988 solely to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The grapes were all hand picked, whole bunch pressed, and fermented in French oak. The wine spent nine months in barrel with gentle stirring as required, then rested in tank on lees.
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Critic Scores & reviews
"(2019 vintage) A very impressive and seamless Chardonnay that is all class from start to finish. It bursts from the glass with lemon meringue, peach skin and floral aromas that are tight, compact and incredibly focussed, all supported by flinty, spicy oak complexity. The palate is equally explosive - bright and vibrant fruit that is embryonic with crystal clear fruit purity and lifted by savoury smoky, flinty leesy complexity. There is classic creamy chardonnay texture would up tight by a bolt of Tasmanian acidity to provide the most complete Tolpuddle Chardonnay yet. Immense length tops it off beautifully - a clear candidate for this year’s top Chardonnay."
"(2019 vintage) A strikingly beautiful chardonnay with its flowery bouquet bearing witness to the sheer purity of the incredibly long palate, the full palette of chardonnay flavours on display. Nectarine, white peach and grapefruit zest are sewn together by an invisible silver thread of acidity."
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Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
- Variety Chardonnay
- Vintage 2019
- Brand Tolpuddle Vineyard
- Cellaring 5-10 Years
- Wine Type White
- Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
Angus Hughson98 points
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