The Tolpuddle Vineyard is located in the Coal River Valley just 20 minutes outside of Hobart and is recognised as one of the finest vineyards in the island state.
Michael Hill Smith said: “Our aim is to establish Tolpuddle as one of Australia’s great single vineyard wines. This vineyard produces wines of amazing aromatic intensity and flavour. It’s a wonderful result.”
Owners Michael Hill Smith and Martin Shaw visited the 20-hectare vineyard on a road trip to Tasmania in early 2011 and purchased the vineyard in July the same year. The vineyard is planted exclusively to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and was first established in 1988. The first vintage was 2012 – both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The 2013 Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir also took out trophies for Best Australian Pinot Noir and Best Tasmanian Pinot Noir.
The Tolpuddle Vineyard takes its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs who were transported as convicts to Tasmania from England in the 1830s for setting up an agricultural union – their leader George Loveless lived and worked on the property.
Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 ($75 RRP)