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. Today, after more than 20 years of producing premium quality cool-climate wines, and having been awarded numerous trophies and medals at prestigious wine shows, the Pooley family has established a second vineyard in the Coal River Valley at Richmond. Margaret Pooley remained the chief executive of Cooinda Vale Vineyard until well into her nineties. She was a hardy Scot and could be found tending vines during the coldest Tasmanian winters.
The aroma carries fresh lemon rind, peach, melon, cloves and roasted cashew. It is the palate where this wine shines, very pronounced and seamless with peach, preserved lemon, melon, cashew, poached quince and spiced notes of vanilla, cloves and nutmeg. It holds a buttery texture while the balanced acidity keeps it fresh the finish is long and toasty. A textural wine with great length and line that will grow with time. 5-10 years in cellar will see this wine hit its peak.
A little spice and nectarine, a little bolder and rounder than the Cooinda Vale, with less drive and length, though it’s no slouch either, it must be said. There’s fine acidity and flinty texture, a layer of almond and oatmeal, lemon and a touch of zest pushing through the finish. It drinks very well now, even though its best days are a few years away. Lovely, and full of charm. Tasted: Jun 18; Alcohol: 13.5%; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2019-2027; Rated: 94 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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