Chardonnay 2017

Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay reflects the cool maritime climate of Tasmania's Coal River Valley, and the site itself is gently sloping, north-east facing, with light silica over sandstone.  The result is a fine and precise Chardonnay with a backbone of firm acidity, and a combination of lightness of texture, and intensity of flavor.

About the Vineyard

Tolpuddle Vineyard is an outstanding site within the Coal River Valley region. Planted in 1988 solely to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the vineyard takes its 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 on a gentle slope, north-east facing. The soil is light silica sands over sandstone, and of moderate vigour, ensuring well-balanced vines.

Since acquiring the vineyard in 2011, Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith have invested heavily in improving all aspects of the vineyard, including soil improvement, conversion to cane pruning, trellis modifications, frost protection and clonal improvements. They are fully committed to seeing it recognised as one of Australia’s great single vineyard sites.

Wine Production

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.

Tasting Notes

This wine is true to the Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay style: fine and precise with firm acidity, and
a combination of lightness of texture
and intensity of flavour. The 2017 vintage reflects a wonderful, cool season and the results of the detailed work done in the vineyard.

Food Pairing

This refined cool climate Chardonnay suits many different plates, but we find it to be a perfect match with pan-fried sea scallops. 

Production Info
Vineyard name
Tolpuddle Vineyard
Vineyard size
50 acres
Soil composition
Light Silica over Sandstone
Training method
Guyot VSP
Elevation
132 - 198 feet
Vines/acre
1,110 - 1,515
Yield/acre
2.4 tons
Exposure
Northeastern
Year vineyard planted
1988
Harvest time
March - April
First vintage of this wine
2012
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container
Barrels
Age of Aging Container
New to 3 years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
15 days
Fermentation temperature
68 °F
Malolactic fermentation
Yes - 20%
Type of aging container
Barriques and Barrels
Length of bottle aging
8 months
Size of aging container
228L - 500L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
9 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13 %
pH level
3.1
Residual sugar
0.4 g/L
Acidity
7.5 g/L

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