This small vineyard is located just north of Hobart on a perfectly positioned north-east facing slope. The beautiful old Georgian homestead of Clarence House was built in 1830 at Clarence Plains, Mt Rumney, has been maintained in its original splendour surrounded by beautiful gardens, and in 1998 present owner David Kilpatrick began planting vines on the north east sloping block facing Mount Rumney just below the Coal River Valley. Over 8ha of the total 12ha of plantings consists of pinot noir and chardonnay, with the remainder including pinot blanc, sauvignon blanc, merlot and tempranillo. All wines are now made by Anna Pooley and Justin Bubb at the nearby Pooley cellar in Cambridge.
100% Chardonnay for this outstanding sparkling wine which has been aged on lees for 3 years. Bright, green-tinged silver. High-pitched, intensely minerally aromas of white flowers, lime zest and white pepper convey striking clarity and vivacity. Expansive citrus and pear on the palate, but with excellent focus and lift thanks to spice, mineral and tangy peppery notes. The flavours build and deepen into the finish, which is wonderfully fresh and quite long.
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Gooseberry aromas with depth and character without overt herbaceous character. Fresh and crunchy green fruit flavours with ample acidity and freshness all beautifully balanced.
2017 Pinot Blanc
Aromas of perfumed white flowers and white stone fruits. Lively yet beautifully deep and textured on the palate, displaying attractive inner-mouth perfume and sneaky concentration to its white stone fruit flavours. Finishes bright and long, with a glyceral mouthfeel that leaves an impression of sweetness, though finishing dry.
Fine but flavoursome, with apple and citrus, a whiff of sulphide/struck match complexity, fennel, and spicy oak in discreet mode. There’s a nice energy and crunch, flinty feel, and a tight finish of impressive length. Style plus, and more importantly, a lovely thing to drink.
2016 Reserve Chardonnay
Deep, complex nose combines soft citrus scents, lime, fresh herbs, minerals and stone. Juicy, stony and penetrating, with crystalline flavours of lemon and minerals. More complex than the young-vines example, with firm, perfectly integrated acids giving the wine a very brisk character. Stony, long and precise on the aftertaste.
2018 Pinot Noir
Deep saturated colour. Captivating aromas of raspberry, dried flowers, spice-cake, soy and loam. Plump, seamless and sweet, with wonderful inner-mouth perfume of floral oils and potpourri. Impressive volume here. Finishes impressively long, with lush tannins.
2016 Reserve Pinot Noir
”2016 Clarence House Estate Reserve was also one of my top wines. Bottle-age has built complexity, so that forest floor nuances are adding to the sweet, red cherry and cedary oak. I thought the palate fabulously plump, with fine tannins to finish. Bennie almost agreed with me. “Supple texture, a touch hollow in flavour but whatʼs there (and in the perfume) is cherry-imbued and generally very pleasing,” he wrote. “Soft fruits, some tangy lift and a dusting of pretty spice. Sits in the glass nicely, has the silken flow expected from pinot. 95 points” Gourmet Traveller, May 2019
2015 Reserve Pinot Noir
'Rich style that’s often typical of Southern Tassie, but there’s a wonderful sweep of dense velour tannin here that carries the wine beautifully. I’m thinking plum and cherry, dried roses, autumn leaves, exotic spices, almost into chocolate, with just a nip of dried mint and cedar above. Full flavour, but medium bodied, toasty oak, a bit of the old ‘mineral’, plush fruit, cool integrated acidity, and a long finish that drags gently with tannin. Very good. Age-worthy too, it feels.' 94 points, Winefront, November 2017.