This wine is true to the Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir style: intensely aromatic, balanced with savoury spice notes from whole bunch fermentation, along with purity of varietal expression, fresh acidity and firm tannins. The Tolpuddle Pinot Noir 2016 vintage is very perfumed, medium bodied and approachable. The grapes were all hand-picked and fermented as a combination of whole berries and whole bunches, in open fermenters, with gentle plunging.
Planted in 1988 solely to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the vineyard takes it’s name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs, whose “reward” for starting England’s first agrarian union was to be transported to Tasmania as convicts. The vineyard is north-east facing, and slopes gently up from Back Tea Tree Road. The soil is light silica sands over sandstone, and of moderate vigour, ensuring well-balanced vines. In 2006 Tolpuddle Vineyard won the inaugural Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year award, reflecting the performance of this unique site. Owners Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW are fully committed to seeing it recognised as one of Australia’s great single vineyard sites.
The Finer Details Style – Red Wine Wine Varietal – Pinot Noir Vintage – 2016 Country – Australia Region – Tasmania Bottle Size – 750ml ABV – 14%