Variety: Pinot Noir
Country, Region: Australia, Tasmania, Cambridge
”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
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.