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Pooley

www.pooleywines.com.au

Cooinda Vale Vineyard, Barton Vale Rd, Campania, 7026

Cellar Door: Daily 10-5

Ph: (03) 6260 2895

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Since 2003 Pooley has been located at the Georgian-era Belmont Lodge on the outskirts of Richmond (photo: genxywines)

The Pooleys are one of the Tasmania’s most famous and long standing wine-producing (and promoting) families with three generations involved.

When Margaret Pooley and her late husband, Dennis, arrived from England in 1952 there were no commercial vineyards in Tasmania (the Provence Vineyard in the north was established in 1956, and Hobart’s Moorilla Estate was established in 1958).

Wine lovers of the era faced a robust prohibitionist movement and marginalisation of wine consumption as a suspicious Continental European activity.

In 1954 Dennis became a founding member of the Hobart Beef and Burgundy Club (it had six members).

Thirty years later their love of wine led them to establish ten rows of Riesling and seven rows of Pinot Noir at their Coorinda Vale farm in the Coal River.

Their son, John (and his wife Libby) bought a heritage listed home on the outskirts of Richmond and planted vines on the nearby Butchers Hill. The first release from the second vineyard is the 2007 Butchers Hill Pinot Noir.

Matthew Pooley, from the third generation, is now the general manager and chief winemaker. Another family member, Anna Pooley is also a well known winemaker, employed by Fosters since 2006 to resurrect the famous Heemskerk brand.

Margaret Pooley, now in her 90s, is still active in the vineyard.

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Entrance to the sandstone stables where the cellar door is located (photo: genxywines)
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Inside the cellar door (photo: genxywines)
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Rachel and a 1950s Porshe - unfortunately it is owned by the winery ! (photo: genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

New reviews

Pooley Coal River Riesling 2017

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($31, but $36 at cellar door)

Drink: 2030

(GXY) Tasting: July 2017, precise and focussed lime zest, green apple and passionfruit with bright jasmine florals and nutmeg spiciness, minerally with firm mandarin nuanced acidity and good persistence (*****)

Pooley Cooinda Chardonnay 2016

Purchased: Not ($58)

Drink: 2028

(GXY) Tasting: July 2017, pre-release tasting, the vineyard has previously been used as a source of the Penfolds Yattarna, tight and pristine white nectarine, melon and grapefruit, minerals with excellent line and length, well integrated almond oak and crunchy acidity, lets the fruit do the talking (*****)

Pooley JRD Single Vineyard Cooinda Syrah 2016

Purchased: Not ($90)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: July 2017, second release of this Northern Rhone=esque Syrah (The Coal River is actually slightly warmer), long and succulent black cherry and raspberry with rose petal florals and black pepper notes, medium bodied with some savoury meat notes and lingering fine tannins (****1/2)

Pooley Butchers Hill Pinot Noir 2016

Purchased: Not ($58)

Drink: 2027

(GXY) Tasting: July 2017, a bit firmer and plumper than the Cooinda Vale, multi clonal, partial whole bunch, quite aromatic, vibrant and herbal black cherry and plum with rhubarb and mint undertones and lavender florals, dusty, good line and length with toasty cinnamon oak support (****1/2)

Pooley Butchers Hill Chardonnay 2016

Purchased: Not ($58)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: July 2017, pre-release tasting, first release of the single vineyard wine that was also used for the Penfolds Yattarna, spicier and plumper than the Cooinda showing white peach, poacher pear and melon with a touch of quince, racy orange peel acidity with well balanced cashew oak (****1/2)

Pooley Pinot Noir 2016

Purchased: Not ($46)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: July 2017, mix of declassified fruit from the estate and the neighbouring Clarence Hill Vineyard, perfumed and plump red cherry and plum with autumn leaf complexity, savoury and medium bodied with sweet toasty cedar-vanilla oak and lively acid (****)

Pooley Cooinda Pinot Noir 2016

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($51)

Drink: 2028

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, powerful and succulent cranberry, black cherry and strawberry with fennel, asian spice and mint notes, foresty with excellent length and sappy orange peel underpinnings, dusty with firmish tea-like tannins (*****)

Pooley Coal River Riesling 2016

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($31, but $36 at cellar door)

Drink: 2030

(GXY) Tasting: July 2016, taut and precise lime sherbet, green apple and passionfruit with bright jasmine florals with a touch of nutmeg, minerally with crunchy mandarin nuanced acidity and good excellent (*****)

Pooley Cooinda Pinot Noir 2014

Purchased: Prince Wine Store,South Melbourne ($45)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: July 2016, vibrant and succulent strawberry and black cherry with mint and aniseed notes. foresty and medium bodied with layered complexity and outstanding length, lingering savoury (*****)

Pooley Butcher’s Hill Pinot Noir 2014

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: July 2016, quite perfumed and succulent black cherry and plum with rose petal, mint and aniseed notes, a touch of raspberry as well, medium bodied and minerally with toasty cinnamon oak support (****1/2)

Pooley Pinot Noir 2015

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: July 2016,  small whole bunch inclusion, perfumed strawberries and sour black cherries with mint, tobacco leaf and rose real notes, linear and  medium bodied with dark earthiness and fine savoury tannins (****)

Pooley Cooinda Pinot Noir 2014

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting:: Oct 2015, about 18% whole bunch, quite perfumed with many layers of complexity, floral cranberry and black cherry with asian spice, sage, anise and lavendar notes, medium bodied with salty minerality, very good length with firmish, tea-like tannin and sappy orange-nuanced acidity, unfolds with considerable aplomb (*****)

Pooley Butcher's Hill Pinot Noir 2014

Purchased: Not ($52)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting:: Oct 2015, about 10% whole bunch, glossy black cherry and redcurrant with sage and asian spice notes, foresty, earthy and medium-full bodied with a web of pliant ,savoury tannins. vibrant torange peel nuanced acidity (****1/2)

Pooley Coal River Valley Riesling 2015

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($31)

Drink: 2017 or 2025+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting:: Oct 2015, complex and tightly focussed lime zest, apple and nectarine with jasmine florals, coriander and gingery spices, still very young with more complexity to emerge, excellent concentration with some lanolin plumpness and racy acidity, wet slate finish (*****)

Pooley Margaret Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($49)

Drink: 2017 or 2025+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting:: Oct 2015, has similar focus, length and flavour profile as the Coal River Valley, lime zest, apple and nectarine flavours with gingery/musky spice spice, the difference is that the older vines bring an added quiniine-like mineral complexity that make it even more refreshing (*****)

Pooley Coal River Valley Riesling 2014

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($31)

Drink: 2016 or 2022+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2014, aromatic and tightly structured core of apple, lime sherbet and nectarine with jasmine and citrus blossom florals, crunch grapefruit acidity and the lingering slaty finish (****1/2)

Pooley Cooinda Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, from 20 year old vines at the Cooinda Vale vineyard, 114 and 115 clones, 30% whole bunch inclusion, from a riper vintage, plump, foresty and medium-full bodied cranberry and cassis with asian spice, lavender and thyme notes, has good length and finishes with powdery tannins and fresh stemmy acidity (****1/2)

Pooley Butcher’s Hill Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($52)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, from the nearby Belmont Vineyard, complex and brooding showing redcurrants, strawberry and black cherry with anise, sage and asian spice notes, medium bodied with forest floor and mushroom complexity and firmish tannins and vibrant orange peel acidity (****1/2)

Pooley Coal River Valley Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, perfumed strawberry, black cherry and raspberry with sage, mint, pepper, tobacco leaf and rose petal florals, medium bodied with a dark earth character, slinky savoury tannins with sappy acidity and a lick of charry oak spice (****1/2)

Pooley Coal River Valley Pinot Grigio 2013

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, lean green pear and green apple with musky spices and sour lime rind acidity, some wet stone on the chalky finish, good length (***1/2)

Pooley Coal River Riesling 2013

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melb ($30)

Drink: 2015 or 2021+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2014, Gold Medal at Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2013, intense floral aromatics, vibrant and expansive core of apples, nectarine and lemon sherbert with brown spices, jasmine and lime blossom notes, fine talcy texture with a lingering wet stone finish, seems more off-dry this vintage (it was relatively warm) but is actually quite dry (****1/2)

Pooley Coal River Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2014 or 2020+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, a strong vintage for Coal River Riesling, very good floral aromatics, long and evenly weighted core of apples, nectarine and lemon sherbert with spices, jasmine and citrus blossom notes, fine talcy texture with a wet stone finish, trace of residual sugar (****1/2)

Pooley Butcher’s Hill Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, perfumed, complex and supple redcurrant, plum and black cherry with asian spice, violet and mint notes notes, juicy and medium bodied palate opens up to earthy/savoury meat and bay leaf complexity, vibrant stemmy acidity, balance vanilla/cinnamon oak, finishes with some firmish grainy tannic grip (****1/2)

Pooley Matilda Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2012, Trophy for Best Sparking Wine at 2011 Australian Boutique Wine Awards 2011, limited release named after the great grand daughter of the (late) founders, only 1000 bottles disgorged from a total production of 4000 following two years left on lees, each November a further 1000 bottles will be disgorged and released., appealling apple, stonefruit and lemon sherbert flavours with modest brioche development, elegant with good line and length (****1/2)

Pooley Coal River Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Not ($36)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2012, highly aromatic reflecting the cool vintage, fresh and leafy black cherry and mulberry with dried sage, mint and violet notes, medium bodied and fleshy palate with good herbally acid and a web of fine tannins (****1/2)

Pooley Butcher’s Hill Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2012, Gold Medal at Tasmanian Wine Show 2012, perfumed, ripe and silky redcurrant, plum and fruitcake with asian spice and violet notes, medium bodied with earthy rhubarb complexity and stemmy acidity, spicy vanilla oak seems a touch overt for me (****)

Pooley Coal River Riesling 2011

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2012, lean and fairly light and verging on off-dry lime, red apple and passionfruit with lavender and rose petal, fine chalky acidity and good acidity (***1/2)

Pooley Late Harvest Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2010, 60 gms/litre residual sugar, an unctuous and medium-sweet low alcohol Riesling very much in the German apertitif style, lime marmalade, kiwifruit and lychee with some lavender notes and a vibrant backbone of chalky green apple malic acidity (****)

Pooley Coal River Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2010, from 20+ year old vines at the Campania Vineyard, rich and quite complex showing red cherry, plum and strawberry flavours with forest floor and toasted brown spice features, medium-full bodied with forest floor and fresh stemmy acidity, the mainly seasoned French oak also brings some coffee-chocolate aspects (****)

Pooley Coal River Riesling 2008

Purchased: Cellar Door ($24)

Drink: 2010 (or 2015 if you like it toasty)

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2010, Silver Medal at 2010 Tas Wine Show, a touch of residual sugar nudges this into the off-dry category, the minerally palate is long, lean, even and light bodied showing lime, red apple and a touch of lychee sweetness and well judged acidity (****)

Pooley Butchers Hill Pinot Noir 2007

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2010, second release from new vineyard at Richmond, slightly plumper than the estate Pinot Noir although alcohol is much lower, silky red cherry and blackcurrant, earthy with a backbone of stemmy acids and the French oak bringing spice, cedar and chocolate notes, as with the first release the oak is a touch too overt for me but the rest of the wine is well balanced (***1/2)

Pooley Pinot Grigio 2009

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2010, fairly intense for a Grigio style showing fresh green apple and spicy pear with nutty lees complexity and lingering malic acids (***)

Pooley Margaret Tribute Riesling 2008

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2010 or 2020+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: July 2009, only released in very exceptional years from the oldest vines in the vineyard, a dry style showing tropical fruit and lime with musk and spice notes, a long chalky backbone with lemon sherbert and citric acids on the finish, good line and length, will have a long cellaring life (****)

Pooley Coal River Late Harvest Riesling 2008

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: July 2009, Gold Medal at Tasmanian Wine Show 2008, allowed to hang for a month after rest of the Riesling was harvested, 60 gms/litre residual sugar, lush lime marmalade, passionfruit, with a vibrant backbone of chalky lemon acidity, the class in the wine come from the balance between the sweetness and acidity (****)

Pooley Coal River Pinot Noir 2007

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: July 2009, quite complex and savoury red cherry, plum and strawberry, medium bodied with forest floor and brown spice features, vibrant stemmy acidity with a minerally streak, spicy French oak also brings some coffee nuances, well balanced synergy between the elements (****)

Pooley Butchers Hill Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: July 2009, first release from new vineyard at Richmond, slightly riper and plumper than the estate Pinot Noir, medium-full bodied and silky spicy red cherry and blackcurrant, earthy with stemmy acids and the French oak bringing spice, cedar and chocolate notes, just a touch too overt for me but the rest of the wine is well balanced (***1/2)