Clarence House: Southern Tasmania
Clarence House was built in 1830 at Clarence Plains, Mt Rumney, just north of Hobart in Southern Tasmania. The beautiful Georgian house built around 1830 remains and has been maintained in its original splendour surrounded by beautiful gardens, and in 1998 present owner David Kilpatrick began planting vines on an impressive and ideally positioned north east sloping block opposite the house.
Over 8ha of the total 12ha of plantings consists of Pinot Noir and chardonnay, with the remainder including Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Tempranillo. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines have until 2014 been produced by Julian Alcorso at Winemaking Tasmania. Wines from the remaining varieties have been made by Alain Rousseau at the highly acclaimed Frogmore Creek Wines.
In 2014 a small batch of Pinot Noir from the oldest vines was vinified by Anna Pooley at Pooley Wines who are located just a few minutes north at Richmond. The results were extremely encouraging and from 2015 all Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines have been made Pooley Wines.
100% Chardonnay for this outstanding sparkling wine which has been aged on lees for 3 years.
Bright, green-tinged silver. High-pitched, intensely minerally aromas of white flowers, lime zest and white pepper convey striking clarity and vivacity. Expansive citrus and pear on the palate, but with excellent focus and lift thanks to spice, mineral and tangy peppery notes. The flavors build and deepen into the finish, which is wonderfully fresh and quite long.
2013 Pinot blanc
Pinot Blanc-dominated aromas of perfumed white flowers and white stone fruits. Light and lively on the palate, displaying attractive inner-mouth perfume and sneaky concentration to its white stone fruit and botanical herb flavors. The finish is bright and long, with a glycerol mouth feel that leaves an impression of sweetness, even though this is very much a dry wine.
Bright green-yellow colour. Super ripe but bright aromas of apple, lime, minerals and spices, with a hint of tropical fruits. Then bright, appley and a bit youthfully aggressive on the palate.
2010 Reserve Chardonnay
Deep, complex nose combines soft citrus scents, lime, fresh herbs, minerals and stone. Juicy, stony and penetrating, with crystalline flavors of lemon and minerals. Much more complex than the young-vines example, with firm, perfectly integrated acids giving the wine a very brisk character. Stony, long and precise on the aftertaste.
2011 Reserve Chardonnay
Fresh vibrant citric aromas with hints of herb and spice. The palate shows lively freshness with citrus and orchard fruits following on to a complex layered palate gently framed by subtle spicy nuttiness. Fine fresh and very long finishing.
2012 Pinot Noir
Deep saturated colour. Captivating aromas of raspberry, dried flowers, spice-cake, soy and loam. Plump, seamless and sweet, with wonderful inner-mouth perfume of floral oils and potpourri. Impressive volume here. Finishes impressively long, with lush tannins.
2013 Pinot Noir
Medium garnet red colour. Lifted aromas of spicy red fruits with vibrancy depth and finesse with more of a Burgundian than new world feel. Seemless and vibrant with refreshing lift and just a hint of sappiness that keeps the wine fresh and very long. Very complete and long with beautiful balance.
2014 Reserve Pinot Noir
Vibrant purple colour with excellent depth. Rich and spicy bramble fruit aromas showing real depth with beautiful clarity. Intense yet with finesse and hints of delicate savoury oak very much in the background. Remarkably intensity and volume here. Finishes very long, with fine svelte tannins.