Bass Phillip, Tolpuddle and Salo
2021 Bass Phillip Estate Pinot Noir
"Medium full ruby with a tinge of purple; the aromas are of red fruits, the profile lean and elegant, with bountiful drying tannins, and touches of foresty pinot mystery. The wine is lean and drying on the aftertaste. Nice elegant wine, worth a little cellaring also." - 95 points! - Huon Hooke, The Real Review
2015 Bass Phillip Premium Chardonnay
Less than 100 dozen produced.
"The intensity goes up a notch, so too the richness, so too the extension of flavour through the finish. This is fresh with acidity, encased in sweet oak, prettied with floral aromas and driven by stonefruit and lime. The aftertaste adds steel and bran to the equation. Arguably the most important impression though is that it’s pretty bloody delicious." 93 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
2014 Bass Phillip Premium Pinot Noir Half Bottle
"Pinot noir with flavour and attitude and a scaffold of tannin is one thing, and this wine has all those things. But pinot noir with a ricochet of flavour through the finish, a sense of spread and run, an impression that the burst/explosion turned out to be greater than the package of the palate had predicted; this is far rarer territory, and it is the domain of this wine.' - 98 Points! James Halliday's Pinot Noir of the Year.
2016 Bass Phillip Gewurztraminer
2015 Bass Phillip Gewurztraminer
Bass Phillip gewurztraminer is as complex and intriguing as you would expect of a wine from grapes planted by Jones, and a concept conceived and carried out well by him. Before I tasted I feared that it may suffer from the over-ripe oily benaelaty of the variety, bland or boring fruit, or the grubby small-winery scourge. These wines have none of the above; and what's more they are very texturally complex without being fat, and they are fresh and vibrant still. It was such a treat to taste them! Randall.
Coal River Valley, Tasmania
"If ever a winery was born with blue blood in its veins, Tolpuddle would have to be it. The vineyard was established in 1988 on a continuous downhill slope facing northeast; in ’06 it won the inaugural Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year Award. Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw are joint managing directors. David LeMire looks after sales and marketing; Adam Wadewitz, one of Australia’s brightest winemaking talents, is senior winemaker. Vineyard manager Carlos Souris loses nothing in comparison, with over 30 years of grape growing in Tasmania under his belt and an absolutely fearless approach to making a great vineyard even greater" - James Halliday
2022 Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay
Limited - only 2 per person in a mixed 6-pack
"Another alluring Coal River chardonnay release from the folks at Tolpuddle. It's at once full and concentrated but is reined in by a tight framework of acidity, coiling on rails of minerality before powering across the palate. Tension and detail on point, light textural phenolic elements give it a sleek and silken mouthfeel. The fruit tones of white peach, nectarine and citrus are cloaked in soft spice, white floral tones, struck match, almond paste and crushed stone and the wine displays a stony elegance and seriousness on the long finish. If we were to talk in hushed tones about what would constitute a Tasmanian Grand Cru chardonnay, the Tolpuddle would be the front-runner. Superb." 98 Points!– Dave Brookes, Halliday Wine Companion
2022 Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir
"Tolpuddle has firmly cemented its position at the pointy end of the Tasmanian pinot noir pyramid, consistently producing knockout wines that have become a benchmark for the region... lovely pure dark cherry and wild strawberry fruits, cut with exotic spice, charcuterie, roasting game, shiitake broth, amaro herbs, purple floral tones and complex forest floor notes. Textural and elegant yet with an undercurrent of latent power and intensity, a tight tannin frame and a long finish that shows balance and poise. Just wonderful stuff." 96 Points! – Dave Brookes, Halliday Wine Companion
Yarra Valley, Victoria
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Steve Flamsteed and Dave McIntosh have created what I believe is their best chardonnay yet! From a great site called Full Moon, high in the hills of Gladysdale, This is full-on with saline mineral notes, savory brioche, generous fruit, grapefruit and pear, but the richness and concentration are corseted by beautiful acidity and grippy textural elements. I am buying some for myself! Randall.
2022 Salo Yarra Valley Chardonnay
"From a low-yielding vintage, this is slightly more powerful than the 2021 and here you'll find aromas of white nectarines, lemon oil and spice with some marine scents. Intense and richly textured on the palate and balanced by the wine's vibrant acidity and a touch of grip on the finish. By the time this is released in August 2023, this should be singing." 96 Points! – Philip Rich, Halliday Wine Companion