Chardonnay  2021



Regulated designation
Table wine
Chardonnay 100 %
Producer's website

About this winery

It is rare that a completely new release comes to market with such universal acclaim. Tolpuddle Vineyards Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have been hailed as "a new benchmark for Australian Pinot Noir" and "a confident, intense dry white in Australia-meets-Chablis mold, revealing the vineyard source and the purity of fruit that that entails, a Michelangelo's David to the many Goliaths out there." Decanter Magazine, and critics Huon Hooke, Anthony Rose, and Jamie Goode have all been...

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Tasting notes

Succulence and power, with great purity, aromas of white flowers, and flavors of mandarin and white peach, with a dash of sea-spray. Fine and precise with firm acidity, and a combination of lightness of texture and intensity of flavor.

Press reviews


- 98 points -

September 2022

 A relaxed nose belies the seductive roll and swirl of a full and voluptuous fruit profile, and a cooler vintage brings a cohesive yet concentrated voice to a tightly-wound meld of flavours. A savoury edge allows minerality to shine, while vibrant energy that tremulously ripples along a lengthy acid spine will maintain the verve in this vintage for a long time.

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Wine Advocate

- 98 points -

December 2022

I was shocked at the intensity of the 2021 Chardonnay when I first tasted it. How could a wine so young have this much flavor? It is polished, glassy and graceful. It unfurls in the mouth and soars long over the horizon. It's balanced and powerful, crouching at this early stage, but all the building blocks of greatness are here. A wine of extension, expansion and elegance—a formidable trio.

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James Suckling

- 97 points -

October 2022

I like the slate, flint and stone aromas to the sliced apples and white dried pineapple. Lemon curd. Some honeysuckle, too. Full-bodied, with creamy texture and extremely long finish. Complete and beautiful. So well crafted.

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 Wine Enthusiast

- 95 points -


November 2023

In what has become an unmistakably Tolpuddle (and heavily Burgundy-influenced) style, this is a rich, intensively reductive Chardonnay that's set for the long haul. For now, there's a sulfuric potency, like a just-struck match combined with roasted cashews and buttered toast. Somewhere in the mix, a fruity note like pineapple rind or peach skin, emerges. The palate is similarly toast-driven, but it wears it well, that to its inherent power: textural weight, lifted acidity and depth of flavor. You could drink it now but it'd be a shame.

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Jancis Robinson

17.5 Points

October 2022

A dream. Always looked approachable and lovely. Fabulous tension on the nose. And a very broad, satisfying fruit that really fills in every space on the palate. Best yet!

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