“It spends just nine months in oak, which helps keep this so lively. Oak is such an obvious flavour after all. Pristine flavours here are the star. A bright, squeaky clean wine of refinement, delicacy and vivacity. If anything it is even more delicate than usual. Chablis, not Chassagne if you’re looking for an analogue. Green melon fruit, a little biscuit, the palate shaped by its citrus acidity, though that acid is all natural (and all good). Indeed it is a bit firm, my only gripe. Class undoubted, this Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 is a wonderfully refreshing and high class wine with a real sense of mastery to its flavour and shape, even if the best is some time away (hence the plus sign). Excellent wine. Would I buy it? Yes.”
"Last year’s wine was exquisitely pure and finessed, this years version is bolder, with less whipped butter and more butterscotch. It’s probably a better wine too. Complexity is the key – a second glass gives a mandarin tang and the oak is cleverly understated, with a medium bodied, delicate, acid-shaped style that takes more from Chablis than Montrachet (sorry for the French benchmark cliche), Again, a perfectly formed cool climate Chardonnay of the top echelon (and so refreshing), if still a little on the lean side."