One of Australia’s most renowned single vineyard wines, Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2017, has picked up four major trophies at the prestigious 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards announced last night: Douglas Seabrook Trophy for Best Single Vineyard Wine, Francois de Castella Trophy for Best Young White Wine, Best Chardonnay as well as Carlos Souris, Tolpuddle Vineyard Manager, has been awarded the Kym Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticultural Excellence.


The Tolpuddle Vineyard, located in the Coal River Valley just 20 minutes from Hobart, has previously won the inaugural Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year award, in 2006. It’s planted solely to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and was first established in 1988.


The 2017 Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay is in true Tolpuddle style, fine and precise with firm acidity and a combination of lightness of texture and intensity of flavour. The 2017 vintage was defined by concentration paired with high natural acidity, it reflects a wonderful growing season and the results of detailed work done in the vineyard, thanks to Souris and his team.


Winemaker Adam Wadewitz said: “I guess we always knew that the 2017 vintage was pretty special in Tasmania. The season was astonishing; late and cool, and it produced wines with that rarely seen ‘balance and intensity’ combination. What else is there to say except that we are rapt with the result and can’t wait to celebrate with the team.”


Tolpuddle Vineyard manager Carlos Souris said: “Hats off to Martin and Michael for recognising Tolpuddle Vineyard for what it is: a truly distinguished site. I’m proud to be its custodian and humbled to receive this award.”


Since acquiring the 20 ha vineyard in 2011 after a road-trip to Tasmania, Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW have invested heavily in improving all aspects of the vineyard and are fully committed to seeing it recognised as one of Australia’s great single vineyard sites.


The vineyard is named after the Tolpuddle Martyrs whose ‘reward’ for starting England’s first agrarian union was to be transported to Tasmania as convicts.


Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 ($75 RRP) is available via the website and at selected fine wine stores.