Pooley Wines has an historical property and two separate vineyards in the Coal River Valley in southern Tasmania. The Coal River Valley has developed a worldwide reputation, and is ideally suited, for the production of cool-climate wines such as Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay. Members of the Pooley family have been actively involved in the business for three generations. Their longstanding passion and commitment to fine wine are your assurance of un-compromising quality.
Pooley Wines was established in 1985 when the late Denis and Margaret Pooley planted ten rows of Riesling and seven rows of Pinot Noir on their 16-hectare farm at Cooinda Vale in the Coal River Valley in southern Tasmania.
In 2003, John Pooley, son of Denis and Margaret, and his wife Libby bought Belmont Lodge, a heritage-listed Georgian home on the outskirts of Richmond. They have been lovingly renovating this second Pooley Wines Coal River Valley property, and planted vines on nearby Butchers Hill. In 2007 the first vintage of Pinot was produced from this steep vineyard site that overlooks the township of Richmond.
Cooinda Vale Vineyard (Campania) Established in 1985, the Cooinda Vale vineyard is ideally positioned facing northeast overlooking the Coal River in southern Tasmania. On the 43.5 Latitude line, the vineyard is planted on northeast facing slopes at 130m above sea level. This is a unique microclimatic location, being well protected from prevailing winds but still highly influenced by maritime conditions. The long growing season, which can extend into May, with high sunshine hours, predominately winter rainfall and the occasional frost and snow, combine to provide an excellent condition for cool climate grape varieties, such as Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay. The soils are Brown-Black dermosol subsoil, high in acid (associated with alluvial plains and river terraces) over decaying sandstone, with friable clay subsoil. Because of the sloping aspect, the drainage is excellent.
Butcher's Hill Vineyard (Richmond) A vineyard has been established on the Belmont Estate, where planting began in 2003. The vineyard block is on the side of Butcher's Hill facing north and captures the sun all day. The soils, high in pH, are well drained dolerite and black cracking clays with limestone faults on sandstone parent material.
WINE NOTES AND REVIEWS
2018 Pooley Riesling
A single vineyard Riesling from the Campania vineyard established in 1985.
'Heady, seductive and enticing! This wine takes you on a sensory journey. White blossom perfume of gardenia and jasmine dominate the nose whilst grapefruit, lavender and lime zest coat the palate. The texture of the wine commands another sip with the softness from the yeast influence dancing on a fine line with the natural ‘cool climate’ acid line. Enjoyable now but also rewards with patience!' Anna Pooley, winemaker.
’There’s a little bit of Tassie meets Rheinhessen about this wine, or that could just be me. Floral, ripe green apple, a little fennel and assorted stony stuff. It’s ample in flavour, and texture, crushed rock texture, again the lilting mouth-perfume, firm acidity, though it’s not sour or raw. Finish is long, replete with texture and pretty green apple. Excellent. Drink 2019-2028+’ 94 points, The Wine Front, March 2019.
2018 Margaret Pooley Tribute Coal River Riesling
'An ideal Riesling vintage sees a return to the Family Reserve range of the much loved Margaret Pooley Tribute. Much like Margaret herself, this wine has poise, class, and a strength and intensity that will be remembered. Pure, restrained and classic in every sense with incredible citrus intensity on the nose and palate as well as balance and texture. Excellent cellaring potential.' Anna Pooley, winemaker.
2018 Pinot Grigio
Exclusively sourced from the family vineyards in Richmond and Campania, Coal River Valley.
'Made in the Italian style this is a classic aromatic and crisp Pinot Grigio. The fruit was picked early in the season when the flavours, sugar and acid were lively and balanced. The aromas are uncharacteristically expressive and distinct with notes of green pear, nectarine, guava, peach and spice. The palate is no less expressive with softness and delicacy in mouth feel and great length of flavour. Pears and peach again coming to the fore but loaded with lots of spice characters including cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a generosity of weight on the mid palate from the residual sugar which yields the rich fruit flavours this is pulled firm by the natural acid line and finishes dry with a nice phenolic grip.' Anna Pooley, winemaker.
All fruit sourced from the Coal River and Tamar Valley.
'This is a dry, full bodied and incredibly expressive example of Gewurztraminer mad in the vein of those from Alsace. Perfume, perfume and more perfume – with notes of rose oil, red apple, Turkish delight, bergamot, persimmon, cardamom and cinnamon quill -this wine is sure to entice. On the palate the flavours as replicated however come to new life with the introduction of phenolics, glycerol and supportive acid. Soft, textured and velvety but with a crisp, pure finish that pulls it back into line!' Anna Pooley, winemaker.
2018 Butcher's Hill Chardonnay
A single vineyard Chardonnay from the Belmont vineyard at Richmond, adjacent to the cellar door.
'A very good Chardonnay out of Butcher’s this year. As fit as a butcher’s dog, you might say. Smooth, composed, light in flavour, cool and savoury, white fruit and citrus flecked with exotic spice and aniseed, quartz-y texture, a little lemon rind in the long fresh finish. Texture is a highlight. So very elegant and adult. So nice. It’s not the most flavoursome of wines, yet I love it all the same.' 95 points, The Winefront, June 2019.
2018 Cooinda Vale Chardonnay
A single vineyard Chardonnay from the Campania vineyard established in 1985.
'Matchstick, ginger biscuits, lime and white peach, kiss of vanilla oak, and white flowers. It’s cool, refined, distinctly pure and minerally, not a huge amount of flavour, though what’s there is very appealing. Fine flinty texture, oatmeal and slightly toasty savoury things on a long lemon water-coloured finish. Beautiful thing. Diaphanous. High appeal on the glass to glass measure, but also delight in refinement and style.' 95+ points, The Winefront, June 2019.
2018 Butcher's Hill Pinot Noir (Sold Out)
A single vineyard Pinot Noir from the Belmont vineyard at Richmond, adjacent to the cellar door.
'Butcher’s Hill is the vineyard that has some limestone over sandstone, as opposed to Cooinda with the sandy loam over sandstone. Sandy Loam would be a nice name for someone, I think. Sweet dark raspberry and black cherry, exotic spices, subtle earthiness, dried roses. Medium-bodied, rich and silky tannin, a little sap and tang, but a core of plump red fruit with a distinct minerally thing going on, and a finish that’s bright and long, with some dried herb and peel seasoning. More perky, less deep this season, but shows the site to good effect.' 94 points, The Winefront, June 2019.
2018 Cooinda Vale Pinot Noir (Sold Out)
A single vineyard Pinot Noir from the Campania vineyard established in 1985.
'Cherry, red fruits, spice, smoke, and herbal perfume. Medium bodied, strawberry with a tangy orange flavour, light but firm sandy tannin, sap and peel, lively acid profile, and bitter orange trailing on the long finish. Nervy kind of wine with quite a bit of energy.' 93 points, The Winefront, June 2019.
2018 Cooinda Vale “Oronsay“ Pinot Noir
”This is the whole bunch version of Pinot Noir from Cooinda Vale. I can’t find a bottle image, but it looks a bit like the JRD offering. Raspberry and cherry, baking spices, floral and vanilla perfume, dried grass, pencils and sweet earth. It’s distinctly minerally in acidity and graphite tannin, well-etched and finely wrought, firm and sure in line and length, with a subtle cherried sweetness, and a long cool tannic finish with just a little rhubarb and spice in the aftertaste. Very impressive.” 95+ Winefront, June 2019
2017 Cooinda Vale Jack Denis Pooley Pinot Noir (Strictly Limited)
“780 bottles – This was once our family reserve but Justin and I thought Family Reserve was a bit 1980’s. Jack Denis Pooley was my grandfather who planted the first vines at Cooinda Vale with Margaret (grandmother). He was actually known as Denis but we didn’t think we could call a wine Denis.” Ideally, I would liked to have tasted this alongside the standard Cooinda Vale of the same vintage, but that’s more a thing to keep me in check, rather than the wine. Beautiful fragrance – all dried rose and chamomile – red fruits, spice, tea leaf, pencil oak. Medium-weight, a playful and perfumed cherry pip juiciness, set with powder fine stony tannin, a core of cool vibrant acidity, and a finish that surges and keeps coming. Feels young, yet still tastes great.” 96 points, The Winefront, Feb 2019.
2018 Cooinda Vale J.R.D. Syrah (Strictly Limited)
A single vineyard Syrah from the Campania vineyard, the vines planted in 1999. Syrah made with a Burgundian sensibility with lifted perfume and super fine tannins all wrapped around beautifully fine-boned spicy Syrah fruit. This is surely Syrah like you have never seen it before - yet you will definitely want more of…!! Stunning.
'718 bottles produced. Seem to have missed the 2017, which is disappointing given my love of Tassie Shiraz. Blueberry, raspberry, vanilla oak and flowers, white and black pepper, grilled meat. Lively medium bodied style with tangy acidity, fine peppery tannin, ample fruit tightly wound, sap and spice on an energetic finish. Fine boned, spicy Shiraz here that should age very nicely.' 93+ points, The Winefront, July 2019.