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Thursday 5 January 2023

Global recognition for Tasmanian wine stars

Tasmania has grabbed the spotlight on the international stage with both Tolpuddle and House of Arras winning significant awards for chardonnay wines.

British-based Decanter magazine named the Coal River Valley's 2021 Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay as its 2022 White Wine of the Year in its January 2023 edition.

Other award winners included Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2013 (Sparkling Wine of the Year) and Ornellaia Bolgheri 2012 (Red Wine of the Year), so the cool-climate chardonnay was in world-class company.

“This is great news for Tasmanian chardonnay, and a great reward for the Tolpuddle Vineyard team (above) and tops off an amazing 12 months for us,” said winemaker Adam Wadewitz.

It rounds off a number of significant awards for Tolpuddle Vineyard over the past 12 months.

The Tolpuddle Vineyard is located just 20 minutes out of Hobart, and is recognised as one of the finest vineyards in the island state. First established in 1988, it is planted solely to chardonnay and pinot noir.

It was purchased by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW of Shaw + Smith in 2011 and they are committed to seeing it recognised as one of Australia’s greatest 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, some of whom worked on the property that now bears their name.

Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2021 has an RRP of $96, but you'll be lucky to find any stock.

House of Arras, meanwhile, has seen its Museum Release Blanc de Blancs 2001 awarded "World Champion Library Vintage" at the 2022 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships - the first time the trophy has been awarded to a sparkling wine outside Champagne - as well as “Wine of Show”, at the Global Fine Wine Challenge 2022.

Established by sparkling winemaker Ed Carr (above) in 1995, House of Arras has played a significant role in lifting the reputation of Australian sparkling wines on the world stage.

“The Museum Release Blanc de Blancs 2001 is the ultimate expression of the House of Arras journey and truly expresses the attributes of prestige Tasmanian chardonnay," Carr said.

"The wine is a pinnacle of the House of Arras range which sees a remarkable 15 years in tirage, resulting in a wine of incredible complexity, exceptional depth and character.

“It’s an absolute honour to have the Museum Release Blanc de Blancs 2001 judged alongside some of the best sparkling wines from across the globe. The 2001 vintage has proved to be one of the classic vintages of that decade with wines of exquisite finesse and longevity." 

The last bottles are available for sale in strictly limited numbers at select fine wine retailers - but, again, you'll good luck to find any.

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