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.
Smooth, composed, light in flavour, cool and savoury, white fruit and citrus flecked with exotic spice and aniseed, quartz-y texture, a little lemon rind in the long fresh finish. Texture is a highlight. So very elegant and adult. So nice. It’s not the most flavoursome of wines, yet I love it all the same. Tasted: Jun 19; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $58; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2028; Rated: 95 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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