Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018 can’t stop gaining accolades. There are not many sites like the Tolpuddle Vineyard, and in the hands of Shaw and Smith, with their outstanding winemaking team, well it is a recipe for success.
Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018 Wine Review
James Doidge, Decanter.com
“Fresh and vibrant; I love the purity – textured, expensive-tasting fruit. Lovely layers and balance, bright and fresh, lingers an age. Raspberries and cream, intense and pretty perfect. Roger Jones
Elegant, youthful with attractive notes of red cherries, raspberries and a hint of dried herbs and spices. Beautifully balanced with ripe, round tannins. Harmonious, silky and juicy, with a persistent finish. Dirceu Vianna Junior MW
Lovely sweet strawberry fruit with cracked black pepper. Supple tannins, hint of vanilla, earth and black spice. Great concentration, good length. Lovely Pinot!”
The beautiful island south of the Australian mainland that has carved out a reputation for quality sparkling wine and Pinot Noir. Tasmania’s cooler climate regions and extended growing season make it perfect for aromatic styles of wine. A wealth of quality focussed producers has helped lift the status of the whole island. Interestingly, despite notable differences, there is only the one GI in Tassie.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one-trick pony. Apart from the best reds in the world, you can find world-class Pinot Noir rosé, sparkling. You can even find sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.
The invasion of “Sunshine in a bottle” put Australian wine on the map. The fruity, easy-going, somewhat samey wines were endearing for a short time. Then the next big thing knocked them off their perch.
This forced producers to increase quality and emphasise the distinctive terroirs of Australia. Of which, there are many. And many more yet to be discovered.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannins, and flavours. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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