2016 Tolpuddle Tasmanian Pinot Noir

2016 Tolpuddle Tasmanian Pinot Noir

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The fifth release of a Tolpuddle Pinot Noir. From a vineyard planted in 1988, in the Coal River Valley of south-east Tasmania. It’s a cool, cool area to be ripening grapes, but it’s also (relatively) dry. 500mm average annual rainfall. Sydney’s average rainfall, by comparison, is 1200mm. Perth’s is 725mm. The Yarra Valley’s is 800-ish, depending on where you are in the valley. Melbourne is about 600mm. Etcetera. And into the murky depths we travel. That lightness, that insistence, that riot of spice. It puts its cards on the table in take-it-or-leave-it fashion. It’s a wily, wiry wine, smoky and herbal, spun with tannin, fleshed with cranberry and red cherry, long through the finish. There’s a glimpse of jellied sweetness but blink and you miss it – before you know it, ash and dry twig notes have wrestled back control. This is an immensely cellarable style of pinot noir though, equally, it is an openly polarising one.
95 points - Campbell Mattinson

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13.0
Tasmania
2016
Screw Cap
Cellar to 2022
750ml

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