2012 Tolpuddle Chardonnay
Pale straw colour, lemon pith on the nose, intense and heralds a piecing palate. Faint barrel notes and wood spice. The palate is electric, some say nervy, but whichever word you use, it’s thrilling. Lemon sherbet, rind , stones and a dusting a brown barrel spice and silage. There is a delicate creaminess, easily overcome by the incredible acidity. What I like about this wine is the intensity and old world acid line, as Martin Shaw said, think “Puligny or Chablis”. The acidity is supported by a weight and power that makes it work really well. This is quite something.
2012 Tolpuddle Pinot Noir
Lovely dark cherry colour. Terrific perfume from the glass, supple, red flowers and dark barrel spice, sulphide, cracked pepper and a pure strawberry compote. The palate is creamy but not broad, yet mouthfilling and leaves your mouth with a satisfying savouriness, fine grip and terrific length. Incredibly pleasing. We tasted this with pigeon, and the match was spot on.
25% Whole Bunch