Tasmanian white wine wins global gong

A vineyard north of Hobart has produced the world’s best white wine, beating drops from 53 countries.

The Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay of 2018 was announced as this year’s winner at the 38th International Wine Challenge.

It is the first time a Tasmanian wine has collected the ‘best white’ trophy and the first time in seven years an Australian producer has won the award.

“Our philosophy has always been to grow the best grapes we possibly can in the best possible sites,” winemaker Adam Wadewitz said on Friday.

“Tolpuddle Vineyard continues to punch above its weight year after year. It’s a very special place.”

Judges described the wine, which sells for $85 a bottle, as having a “subtle, elegant and restrained aroma of lemon sherbet and fruity mineral tones”.

It picked up five awards in total, including the best chardonnay in Australia and Tasmania.

The vineyard, about 20km from Hobart, is named after the Tolpuddle martyrs whose ‘reward’ for starting England’s first agrarian union was to be transported to Tasmania as convicts.

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