Tolpuddle Vineyard in Tasmania’s south faces north-east, and slopes gently up from Back Tea Tree Road. The location provides a spectacular backdrop for the mature Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines growing on the property.
“The vineyard is a wonderful, expressive site. Our wines are a single site expression of the vineyard, our product simply cannot be replicated,” said Tolpuddle Vineyard’s Zoe Downer.
In 2018 their excellence in winemaking was on full display at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, where the 2017 Chardonnay took home both the Francois de Castella Trophy for Best Young White Wine and the Douglas Seabrook Trophy for Best Single Vineyard Wine.
Vineyard Manager Carlos Souris was also awarded the Kym Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticultural Excellence.
“We've affectionately named this trophy ‘the Frankie’ … [it’s] incredible to see all the hard work being recognised in the bottle,” Ms Downer said of winning the award.
Ms Downer says Tolpuddle is fully committed to seeing the vineyard recognised as one of Australia’s great single vineyards.
“[Winning these awards] motivates us to keep giving more to the vineyard and to the wine in the bottle. Winning the Trophy for Best Single Vineyard is very encouraging,” Ms Downer said.
A Chardonnay that is both fine and precise with firm acidity, and a combination of lightness of texture and intensity of flavour, the 2017 vintage was defined by concentration paired with high natural acidity, and reflects a wonderful growing season, and the results of the detailed work done in the vineyard.
“We are all so proud of Tolpuddle Vineyard, it's a very special place,” Ms Downer said.
You can find Tolpuddle wines at restaurants and independent retail stores, and from their website www.tolpuddlevineyard.com.