Tolpuddle Vineyards Coal River Valley Chardonnay 2018

Tolpuddle Vineyards Chardonnay2018


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Citrus and stone fruits are at the forefront of this Chardonnay from Tolpuddle. Flinty, zesty and mineral. The acid is fresh, concentrated and driven. Grapefruit and brioche notes finish off on the palate.

Why we love it: 

It's a wine you have to try to believe!

Drink with: 

Halloumi fries.


Blend Info.
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol by Vol.
Bottle Vol.
Now - 2021
Serving Temp.
7 - 12°
Screw Cap



Tolpuddle was established in 1988 in the Coal River Valley of Tasmania, an area known for producing exceptional wines. The winery is named after the ‘Tolpuddle Martyrs’, a group of convicts transported to Australia for starting an agricultural union; George Loveless, their leader, spent some of his prison sentence working on a farm where the vineyard is now located. In 2011, ‘Tolpuddle’ was purchased by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill-Smith, of ‘Shaw + Smith’, though the business had not been on the market until an offer was made and accepted. The vineyard is ‘perfect’, with ‘20 hectares of mature Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines planted on a long even slope, with lean soils, forests above and water below and great vineyard exposure.’ The vineyard is planted with different clones of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Whilst Chardonnay can produce interesting and varied wines in cool, temperate or hot climates, Pinot Noir prefers cool areas, due to its delicate nature. Fruit from the vineyard has been included in sparkling wines by the renowned makers Arras and Heemskerk, and has won the inaugural ‘Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania’s Vineyard of the Year Award’ in 2006. The wines are made by Adam Wadewitz, a very experienced winemaker who also works on Martin and Michael’s ‘Shaw + Smith’ brand in the Adelaide Hills.

The ‘Coal River Valley Chardonnay’ is a great representation of a cool-climate Chardonnay with lemon, blossom, honeysuckle and stone aromas, with taut acidity and stone fruit and mineral on the palate. The ‘Coal River Valley Pinot Noir’ is intensely aromatic with red fruits and savoury spice, and a refined palate of forest berries, smoke and spice on the palate, which will only improve with some cellar age.

For more information on Tolpuddle and their wines, head to the website.



Tasmania is an island lying to the south of the Australian mainland at 42 degrees. Being an island, the Australian state experiences a maritime weather environment, and many of the vineyards have to put up wind blocks to shelter the vines. Although Tasmania’s wine output only accounts for 1% of national wine production, it more than makes up for it in quality, with the state’s wines accounting for around 10% of Australia’s premium wine segment.

The area primarily grows Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc, with some smaller plantings of Riesling, Pinot Gris and Cabernet Sauvignon. As global warming slowly roasts the planet, the prospect of increasing the production of red wine using Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz is being explored.

The lower slopes of Tasmania enjoy a rich soil profile and are a mix of ancient sandstone/mudstones and newer river sediments/igneous volcanic rocks. The combination of soil profile and cool climate results in Tasmania being a fantastic region for the production of sparkling wines. Frequently being compared to Champagne, it’s widely agreed that Tasmania’s sparkling wines go head to head with its French competitor. In fact, one producer has even made the tongue and cheek move of dubbing their wine Methode Tasmanoise.