2018 TOLPUDDLE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
This wine is true to the Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir style: intensely aromatic, medium bodied with savoury spice notes, along with purity of varietal expression, fresh acidity and ripe tannins. The grapes were all hand-picked and fermented as a combination of whole berries and whole bunches, in open fermenters, with gentle plunging. The wine was aged in French oak for nine months, of which about one third was new.
"The march of Tolpuddle into the hearts, minds and cellars of Australian wine enthusiasts is both steady and relentless. Its chardonnay in particular is becoming one of Australia’s most collected wines.
This Pinot Noir release is marked in its spice and general savouriness but the oak seems to have been dialled down slightly on previous releases. It may just be the season. We get beet and black cherry, plum and twiggy spice, with gentle infusions of clove and woodsmoke. If it was a photograph it would be vivid with earth-like tones. Acid runs refreshingly through, keeping it lively, but there’s excellent flavour here in volume terms and an impressive strike of grainy tannin. It’s another tip-top release, without question." Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
Rated : 94+ Points
Tasted : Sep19