It was never for sale, yet they bought it. Michael Hill Smith and Martin Shaw, cousins and co-proprietors of Shaw + Smith Wines in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills, visited Tasmania in 2011 on a fact-finding mission with no set plan to purchase a vineyard. Then they discovered Tolpuddle and were smitten.
Tolpuddle Vineyard in the Coal River Valley, about 20km northeast of Hobart, was already respected among Tasmania’s elite wine grape sites, but Hill Smith and Shaw saw the potential to do a whole lot more.
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They envisaged creating an Australian version of premier cru. Now, after a decade of producing Tolpuddle Vineyard wines, a cabinet full of trophies proves their hunch was well founded.