Winemaker's Notes: 2013 Pinot Noir is ruby red with crimson tints at the rim. An extravagantly scented wine, with blueberry, cedar and Chinese five spice notes on the nose. The palate is light on its feet, with a firm core of fruit and a layered texture, with tannins that are fine and soft, and build in presence through the palate.
Style: Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir 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 beautifully aromatic and textured Pinot Noir, with intensity, power, purity and complexity.
Vintage: 2013 was a relatively warm and dry season in southern Tasmania with low yields. This meant good concentration of flavour. Bunches were small and light, with small berries, giving a good skin to juice ratio.
Source: Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir is entirely from the Tolpuddle Vineyard, first planted in 1988. In 2013, standout parcels were selected from blocks 8, 9, 10 and 15 for this first release of Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir.
Vinification: The grapes were all hand-picked and fermented as a combination of whole berries and whole bunches, in open fermenters and hand plunged throughout. The wine was aged in French oak barriques, of which about 1/3 were new.
Maturation: 10 months in French oak barriques stored at a cool temperature (9°C), followed by 7 months in bottle prior to release.
Cellaring: Now until 2024
Food: Crispy skin duck breast.
History: In 1988, local farmers the Casimaty family joined forces with two of Australia's foremost wine business trailblazers, Garry Crittenden and Tony Jordan, to plant a vineyard to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The vineyard was called Tolpuddle, and it took its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs, whose reward for starting England's first agrarian union was to be deported to Australia. The leader of the group, George Loveless, served part of his sentence working on a property near Richmond called GlenAyr, part of which is now Tolpuddle Vineyard.
"From the second vitage of this exciting label comes this superb pinot that is deep and youthfully coloured and loaded with foresty complexity. Sweet cherry flavours and aromas emerge with airing. The structure is firm and serious; the palate long and smooth.
Score: 95 points" --100 Top New Releases - Gourmet Traveller Wine - April/May 2015