Pooley Butcher’s Hill Pinot Noir is a single vineyard wine from the Pooley family’s Belmont vineyard, located in Richmond. The Pooley focus is on pure representations of Tasmanian terroir, with minimal intervention and a delicate hand. Destemmed fruit is wild fermented and matured in 25% new French oak. The result is a bright nectar of red fruits, rose petals, and herbs, with an undertone of shitake and earth. An invigorating line of acidity meets with fine tannins.
In 1985 the late Dennis and Margaret Pooley planted 17 rows of vines on their property in Southern Tasmania’s Coal River Valley. Today it’s still an all-family affair with Dennis and Margaret’s grandson, Matt (a qualified viticulturist) overseeing the original Cooinda Vale vineyard at Campania which is now 6ha and the more recent 6 ha Butcher’s Hill vineyard which was established in 2003 in Richmond (also in the Coal River Valley) some 8km away. Anna Pooley, Matt’s sister, came back to the family vineyard and winery in 2013 having been named Australian Young Winemaker of the Year 2010 and with her most recent job being head winemaker at Heemskerk in Tasmania. It’s been a winning combination that has seen Pooley win countless golds and trophies over the last few years with superlative Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.