Variety: Pinot Noir
Country, Region: Australia, Tasmania, Coal River Valley
A single vineyard Pinot Noir from the Belmont vineyard at Richmond, adjacent to the cellar door. Alcohol 13.1%, pH 3.57, TA 5.7g/l.
2020 saw a dry start to the growing season with winter rainfall well below average. Cold and windy conditions during flowering resulted in smaller yields. Early summer saw a continuation of dry conditions but temperatures moderated significantly coupled with significant rainfall in late February and March freshened up canopies providing an ideal finish to the growing season
'The fruit was hand-harvested and destemmed with no inclusion of whole clusters. Fermentation was 12 days in duration with a further 10 days of ‘infusion’ (post ferment soak with vessel sealed). The wine was matured for 11 months in French oak puncheons (500 litres) of which 25% was new. Brooding notes of dark cherry, cardamom spice and undergrowth on the nose. The wine exhibits a lovely balance of umami and red fruits underscored by notes of mushroom, cured meat, cherries and bramble on the palate. Finely boned tannin, a lively acid, and a bright future ahead.' Anna Pooley, Winemaker.
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.