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.
Hand-picked fruit from Richmond, Coal River Valley, planted 2010. 75% mlf, wild fermented and matured 9 months in 40% new French oak barriques and puncheons. A triumphant accord between Anna Pooley's talents in the winery and brother Matt Pooley''s in the vineyard. Captivating struck flint hovers over a tense core of lemon, grapefruit and Beurre Bosc pear. Fig fleshes out mid-palate concentration. Classy cashew nut and vanillin oak sits just below the fruit, pushing it both upwards and outwards. A cellaring special. Drink to: 2032; Price: $65.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2021; Alcohol: 13.9%; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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