Cooinda Vale, Campania
SOIL: Sandy Loams over Sandstone
ASPECT: North East Facing
AREA PLANTED: 6ha
VARIETALS: Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Established in 1985, the Cooinda Vale vineyard is ideally positioned facing northeast overlooking the Coal River in southern Tasmania. On the 43.5 Latitude line, the vineyard is planted on northeast facing slopes between 80 and 100m above sea level. This is a unique microclimatic location, being well protected from prevailing winds but still highly influenced by maritime conditions. The long growing season, which can extend into May, with high sunshine hours, predominately winter rainfall and the occasional frost and snow, combine to provide an excellent condition for cool climate grape varieties, such as Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Chardonnay.
The soils are Brown-Black dermosol subsoil, high in acid (associated with alluvial plains and river terraces) over decaying sandstone, with friable clay subsoil. Because of the sloping aspect, the drainage is excellent.
Butcher’s Hill Vineyard, Richmond
SOIL: Dolerite, black cracking clays, limestone over sandstone
ASPECT: North Facing
AREA PLANTED: 6ha
VARIETALS: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Riesling
Our second vineyard was established on Butchers Hill in 2003. Whilst risk mitigation and a more central position for our cellar door drove the expansion, the addition of a second Single Vineyard site to Pooley Wines has provided depth and diversity with the wines we make.
Belmont House is a stately house, located close to Richmond, built in 1832 by convict labour with sandstone quarried from Butchers Hill. This same stone is found in Richmond Bridge, Australia’s oldest bridge still in use, built in 1823. The soils are well drained dolerite, black cracking clays with limestone faults on sandstone parent material. Soils are high in pH.