2017 Clarence House Estate Pinot Noir – Coal River Valley Tasmania
This wine is sourced from a small, well established vineyard in the Coal River Valley in Southern Tasmania. The quality of the wines really picked up from the 2016 vintage, when Anna Pooley started making their wines, who is one of the most talented winemakers in country. 2017 is regarded as one of the better vintages from this region and Anna’s skill in drawing out and combining all the elements is a tribute to her skill. This wine is just starting to show its true glory.
The vineyard was planted in 1998 on Hobart’s eastern shore, on the site of Hobart’s original market garden (early 1800’s). The Vineyard is now hitting its maturity at 20 years and the results can really be seen in this 2017 vintage.
In the past 5-6 years the wines from Coal River Valley have taken the world by storm. The wines tend to be a little richer and darker in colour than what you get from the mainland, offering a greater complexity.
This is one of the best value Pinot’s we have come across in a while and also a bloody great glass of wine. It was the palate weight in the mouth that really impressed Dan, plus the captivating aromas of raspberry, dried flowers and spice cake. It has such an impressive volume, and finishes incredibly long, but with a cracking acidity.
Decant the wine for 20 minutes before drinking. Can be safely cellared for the next 5-7 years.
The combination of great acidity, silky tannins and subtle flavours is what makes Pinot Noir so successful for pairing with a tremendous variety of foods. Pinot Noir is light enough for salmon but complex enough to hold up to some richer meat including duck, games birds, casseroles and of course stews like beef bourguignon. In a pinch, when everyone orders a vastly different entree at a restaurant, you can usually win by picking Pinot Noir; it will make everyone happy.