It's hard to think of the great wines of Tasmania without mentioning the name Pooley.
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, Campania, in the Coal River Valley in southern Tasmania. Over the years the vineyard grew, and plantings of Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay were added, along with Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot. In fact, the quality of the fruit from this site was of such a high standard that Cooinda Chardonnay was included in Penfold's iconic Yattarna Chardonnay for many years. It was in 2016 that Denis and Margaret's grand-daughter, and current head winemaker, Anna Pooley, decided to keep the fruit aside, and produce a single site expression of this incredible vineyard.
The other feather in the Pooley cap is the Butcher's Hill Vineyard in nearby Richmond, which was acquired by the family in 2003. Planted to Riesling, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay, it is the site of the beautiful cellar door, and the stately Belmont House, built in 1832.
Pooley Wines is a true family affair, with third generation siblings, Matt and Anna, working as viticulturalist and winemaker, respectively. Their father, John, has been instrumental in the growth of the business too, by acquiring Belmont House and planting the Butcher's Hill Vineyard. They are recognised as Tassie's first three-generation wine family.
Each year the single vineyard releases are eagerly anticipated from Pooley. Cooinda Vale tends to produce a more elegant, graceful wine, whereas Butcher's Hill is laden with power and structure. Both sites produce wines of finesse and class. In addition to the Butcher's Hill and Cooinda Vale wines, a limited release range is made, only in the very best years. These are the super-limited, black label wines - JRD Syrah, JDP Pinot Noir, and the Oronsay Pinots. These wines are the pinnacle of the Pooley range, and show just how special this winery is.