97 Points - Halliday Wine Companion 2021
Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith - well known vignerons of the Adelaide Hills, purchased the Tolpuddle vineyard that was originally planted in 1988. The vineyard takes its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs: English convicts transported to Tasmania forming an agricultural union. The purchase of this vineyard was expertly based on its prime set up for growing premium Pinot Noir grapes. The result is a beautifully aromatic and textured Pinot Noir, with intensity, power, purity and complexity. This wine shows the purity of fruit and balance, combined with concentration, that this vineyard can achieve with Pinot Noir. There is terrific brightness of fruit, with strawberry compote and blueberry notes, and a depth of flavour that comes without any heaviness or over-extraction.
Coal River Valley
“If ever a new winery was born with blue blood in its veins, Tolpuddle would have to be it." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014. In 1988, local farmers the Casimaty family joined forces with two of Australia's foremost wine business trailblazers, Garry Crittenden and Tony Jordan, to plant a vineyard to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The vineyard was called Tolpuddle, and it took its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs, whose reward for starting England's first agrarian union was to be deported to Australia. 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 Tolpuddle Vineyard. The vineyard is planted with mature Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines, facing north-east and sloping gently up from Back Tea Tree Road. The soil is light silica over sandstone and of moderate vigour, ensuring well-balanced vines producing grapes of great flavour and intensity. In 2006 Tolpuddle Vineyard won the inaugural Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year award, reflecting the performance of this unique and distinguished site. Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW purchased the vineyard in 2011 and are fully committed to seeing Tolpuddle Vineyard recognised as one of Australia’s great single vineyards.