Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith (of Adelaide Hills Shaw + Smith fame) went to Tasmania on the pinot noir trail, purchasing the 23 year old Tolpuddle vineyard in the Coal River Valley. Their Tolpuddle pinots are well on track but the vineyard yielded a fringe benefit, some of Tasmania’s most sought after chardonnay fruit, historically destined for Yattarna, Eileen Hardy and other high- end chardonnays. The 2015 is a wondrous chardonnay, at once agile and adroit, the next deep and complex. White stonefruit, fresh apple and almond meal aromas lead to a tightly woven palate with a laser-like acidity that carries the finish on and on. Fabulous now, even better in 5 years.
GT WINE Magazine October/November 2017