Cooinda Vale, Campania
SOIL: Sandy loams & sandy clay loam over impervious clay
ASPECT: North East Facing
AREA PLANTED: 6ha
VARIETALS: Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and 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 microclimate, 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. Warmer Summer daytime temperatures and clear Autumn days contribute to this site proving to be rewarding for Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot also.
The soils are red-brown sandy loams & sandy clay loam overlying impervious clay. Due to the sloping nature of Cooinda Vale drainage is provided by lateral water movement across the impervious clay. The moderate rooting depth means access to water by vines is limited, enabling a natural control of vigor and assisting us to maintain low yields of high quality.
Butcher’s Hill Vineyard, Richmond
SOIL: Dolerite & self-mulching black vertosols over sandstone
ASPECT: North Facing
AREA PLANTED: 6ha
VARIETALS: Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
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. Located on the steepest vineyard site in the coal river valley and only 3km from Frederick Henry Bay, an afternoon sea breeze and prevailing winds from the roaring 40s contributes to the smaller variation between day and night temperatures.
These soils are well drained, Dolerite & self-mulching black vertosols over sandstone. Although they are shallow the fertile and well-structured nature of these soils provide an ideal environment for achieving balance between vine and fruit load.
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.