Variety: Pinot Noir
Country, Region: Australia, Tasmania, Cambridge
'Estate vineyard, Coal River Valley. Wild-yeast fermentation with no whole bunches. Matured 10 months in 15% new French oak puncheons. Judicious fruit selection elevates Clarence House's Reserve to greater depth and length of black-fruit presence. Black cherries and blackberries are brushed with white pepper and beetroot. Anna Pooley's wizardry in the winery intricately marries fine-grained tannins and bright acidity on a long finish. Elegance meets class in a deliciously age-worthy package.' 95 points TYSON STELZER, Wine Companion
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.