2017 ‘Jack Denis Pooley’ Pinot Noir SOLD OUT


Wine Club Member Price $119

This iconic wine was previously known as the Family Reserve Pinot Noir and now proudly bears the name of our Co-Founder Jack Denis Pooley!

We will be taking orders now for dispatch on the 1st of May!

With only 714 bottles produced this wine is extremely limited.

96 Points from Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

A wine of great elegance with a vivid and bright colour. In its youth, the aromas are reminiscent of violets, red currant, raspberry, cherry and vanilla. With age, the aromas will develop and take on notes of ripe or candied fruit, mushroom, dried herbs and mild spices. On the palate, there is an added complexity that allows orange peel to show through the strong red fruits. Seamless throughout with a pleasant velvety texture and lingering vanilla. A wine that will last the test of time.

After a 15 day fermentation there was a 10 day post ferment maceration to aid colour and texture, then left in oak for 10 months to develop, 1/3 new. No fining or filtration to allow full flavour concentration.

– Anna Pooley, Winemaker

This wine may not be produced every year and will always be limited in volume. It represents our greatest expression of Tasmania’s best Pinot Noir.

“Vintage 2017 has been characterized by a significant shift in weather patterns mid way through the growing season. Winter experienced high levels of rainfall and these continued into Spring. Summer was cool and dry, and provided excellent growing conditions. This continued into the harvest months of March and April, with dry weather and slightly above average temperatures providing stellar ripening conditions.”.

-Matt Pooley (Vineyard Manager / Senior Viticulturist)

A little background on Denis!


Born in Lancashire, England in 1908

He spent his time in England working through the ranks with the family business of Henry Pooley & Son Ltd – (Mechanical Engineering), based in Liverpool on the banks of the Mersey river.

Denis started as an apprentice engineering mechanic & worked his way into the design and manufacturing side of the business, the company invented and held the world patent of the weigh bridge! An example of the companies platform and engine weighing scales can be found in the grounds of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, Tasmania.

Denis moved to London in 1935 and worked for his Uncle Roy Pooley in a wholesale electrical business until deciding to move the family in search for greener pastures.

Arriving in Tasmania in 1953, Denis worked hard to create the life he dreamed of for the family. The engineering and wholesale electrical background helped to cement the path for Denis, meeting a business owner on the travel over from England he landed a role in retail and wholesale sales for a local electrical wholesaler. He was then head hunted into a career in car sales.

In 1954 Denis started the local chapter of the Beefsteak & Burgundy Club in order to share his passion for fine wine and Pinot Noir.

Once his son John Pooley finished his automotive mechanical apprenticeship in 1965 they opened Performance Automobiles in North Hobart.

The vines were not planted until 1985, 5 years after Denis retired from the automotive game. This was the distraction to keep him busy in retirement.

The first vintage harvested was in 1989 of which they sold the fruit, the following year they employed Andrew Hood as a contract winemaker to craft the first wines for them, Denis constructed the original labels and most of the wine was consumed by the family. Denis continued tending the vines with Margaret until he passed away in 1994 at the age of 86

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