Wine Press

Qantas Magazine - Frank Moreau - August 2015 - What's the best wine in Australia right now?
" I really can't pick only one but two of the best new labels are Tolpuddle and Dawson James."

2013 Pinot Noir

97 Points – James Halliday, 2016 Australian Wine Companion
Sourced from the Meadowbank Vineyard in the Derwent Valley. Good colour is a promising start, the wine rapidly building on that with its utterly seductive and delicious red cherry and strawberry fruit that caresses the mouth; the end result is exceptional purity oak and tannins present, but largely unseen.

95  Points –

Deepish colour of good hue and a rich black fruit and vanilla aroma,chocolate too. The palate is smooth and savoury. There’s liberal use of smoky oak, but it’s a lovely generous wine with lots of lush fruit richness and depth. A fine wine.

Winewise – Lester Jesberg

This is a single site wine from Meadowbank in the Derwent Valley of Tasmania. It’s a powerful pinot with a faintly gamey whole bunch overtone. The palate is deliciously opulent, but both skin tannin and oak provide just-right structure


2015 Tasmanian Wine Show Results; GOLD Medal – Class 17

2015 Winewise Small Winemakers Championship; GOLD  - 5 Star Rating

2013 Chardonnay

96 Points - James Halliday, 2016 Australian Wine Companion
Still pale, bright straw-green; sourced from the Meadowbank Vineyard in the Derwent Valley, and impeccably made; the Tasmania acidity of 7.1g/l has been secreted in the fruit flavours by some sleight of hand, not by the high quality French oak in which the wine was fermented and matured. This is still a baby, with years to grow, although will not necessarily become more beautiful. Gold Tas Wine Show '15.

96 Points –
Light yellow hue. New oak is quite evident on the nose. Butter, citrus and mineral notes too. The palate is refined and taut, focussed and intense, with great delicacy and subtlety. Long and pure.  A  beautiful  chardonnay. The full Symphony is playing here.


2015 Tasmanian Wine Show Results;
TROPHY - Chairman’s Trophy (Huon Hooke), Gold Class 13

2016 Australian Wine Vintages;
TOP 100 - 5 Star Rating

Australian Wine Vintages; 5 Gold Stars Award

James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge; Gold Award

Australian Wine Vintages 2016
Single Vineyard Chardonnay – 5 Gold Stars Award
Awarded 5 gold stars by Australian Wine Vintages 2016, denoting that it consistently possesses great balance, complexity and length and is among the world elite of wines.

2011 Pinot Noir

93 Points
- - 15.01.13

Medium red/purple colour. Lots of oak: chocolate, vanilla - toasty barrels. Rich, fleshy, nice extract and taste. Lovely fruit flavour and balance, very long finish. Smooth, silken texture. Very good potential.

96 Points - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion - 10.01.13
Bright, clear crimson-purple; the bouquet has abundant satsuma plum and black cherry fruit, the palate supple, smooth and mouthfilling while retaining elegance and freshness; the tannins are ultra-fine, but there is no shortage of structure, demure oak in the background. A beautifully made wine.

2011 Chardonnay

96 Points - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion - 10.01.13
Bright straw-green; the immediate, laser-like precision of Tasmanian acidity (here 7.4 g/l) is the core around which the
other components of white peach, citrus and cashew/French oak are assembled. The result is a chardonnay in the vanguard of contemporary Australian style. Gold medal Tasmanian Wine
Show 2013.

95 Points - - 15.01.13
Light yellow colour. 'Smoky bacon' oak is rather dominant on the nose, at first. Toasty, smoky and very attractive to taste. Nice wine, discreet and subtle yet has length. Very fine wine, intense, balanced and long. The sort of wine that grows on you. Very fine and beautifully poised. 12.7% alc.