Announcing our 2016 range

Our record of excellence in winemaking continues with our 2016 lineup of the finest quality from the Coal River Valley. Read about our full range and shop now – pick and mix any wines. Cases of 12 receive a 15% discount at checkout. Free shipping Australia-wide.

Pinot Chardonnay 2013

This sparkling wine is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay sourced from our ultra cool Tashinga vineyard. Disgourged after 21 months, developing lees characters now complement the fine fruit characters that refresh throughout the palate.

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Fume Blanc 2013

This wine is crafted in the manner of white Bordeaux wines, including both Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon in varying percentages depending upon the characteristics of each seasons fruit.

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Rose 2015

This wine is made from 100% Pinot grapes sourced from our Clemens Hill vineyard.

The pretty salmon pink colour is complemented by a seductive “peaches and cream” nose but this an elegant dry rose with refreshing acidity complementing the delicate berry flavours.

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Aurelia Chardonnay 2010

This uses fruit sourced only from our Tashinga vineyard.  3 to 4 years bottle ageing is applied prior to release. A complex, intense and powerful wine, Clemens Hill Aurelia Chardonnay is a real winner. Huon Hooke rated the Clemens Hill 2008 Chardonnay #1 of all 2008 Tasmanian Chardonnay, and it picked up a Gold Medal at the Tasmanian Wine Show.

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Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Sourced only from our Clemens Hill vineyard, winemaking involves some whole bunch pressing and fermenting 15% juice in old oak to increase the texture and complexity of the wine. Semillon, grown at only a few sites in Tasmania, usually comprises up to 15% of the wine to add mid texture palate and intensity to the wine.

The 2015 vintage is a worthy successor to Clemens Hill 2012 Sauvignon Blanc’s title of #1 Sauvignon Blanc Tasted by Huon Hooke: the 2014 is equally full of flavour and set to define itself as a real crowd-pleaser. Tropical fruit and citrus flavours led James Halliday to write that the 2013 vintage “… has more flesh and flavour than most Tasmanian Sauvignon Blancs”

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Pinot Noir 2012

This wine uses fruit sourced only from our Clemens Hill vineyard. 50% wild ferment and 50% cultured yeast is applied with pre-soak and post maceration of several days applied to both ferments and full malo-lactic fermentation is also used. The wine is matured in French oak (15% new) for 12 months with no sulphur dioxide addition and 2 weekly battonage. The wine is fined, filtered and a small amount of sulphur dioxide at bottling.

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Aurelia (Reserve) Pinot Noir 2010

This wine is sourced only from our “B” Block at Clemens Hill vineyard, that are the oldest vines on the property. With an enviable track of producing medal and trophy winning wines, the fruit from these low cropped vines was managed in a similar fashion as has been described for the 2012 Estate Pinot Noir. 4 years of bottle ageing was applied prior to commercial release.

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Autumn Update


Progressing towards another cold Tassie winter our vines are casting off the last of their autumn leaves. A very beautiful scene but an inevitable warning that the long hard slog of pruning awaits!

After a warm and very dry summer when even irrigation water became very scarce, harvest was early and picking completed over a much shorter interval than usual. Some excellent fruit is well advanced on its journey toward our 2016 wines.


Introduction: Our Vineyards

Clemens Hill Vineyard

We purchased this vineyard in 2013, lured by the beautiful location with views across the Coal River Valley, Pittwater and Frederick Henry Bay as well as the property’s track record of producing many excellent and critically acclaimed wines.

The vineyard was first planted in 1994 to Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc on a gentle north-easterly slope. This is a moderately warm Tasmanian micro-climate with sunny aspect and warm temperatures moderated by gentle summer cooling sea breezes- a perfect combination for producing fine table wines.

The initial block was supplemented by plantings of Pinot Noir in 2003 and 2009, as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon in 2003. This year we have also grafted some of our Sauvignon Blanc vines to Chardonnay and some Semillon vines to Riesling to increase our future product range. Total planting will remain at 5.5 HA.

Tashinga Vineyard

This vineyard was established in 1991 by the current Clemens Hill owners and initially planted to Chardonnay. The vineyard sits on a warm northerly slope in a natural amphitheatre formed by the hills bounding the Coal Valley. This is a wild and beautiful place, with great views from the vineyard itself and surrounding ridges. The mico-climate ensures the very long ripening period essential for producing highest quality sparkling wines. In warmer seasons and with careful viticulture we also have the luxury of gathering fruit that is ideal for crafting memorable still wines.

Even in their youth these vines showed an elegant structure and depth of flavour that would characterise future wines. Hand picked in late April and early May, harvesting is usually staged so that each part of the block is picked at optimal ripeness. Coupled with creative and sensitive winemaking we are pushing toward the pinnacle of Australian chardonnay wines.

In 2006, higher up the slope than our original chardonnay block, we planted additional chardonnay and some pinot noir vines. To date this block has been tempestuous with low yields, unexpected vigour and high demands on machinery that add up to very expensive viticulture. Although making minimal contribution to our wines at present, we are optimistic that this block has a great future! Total planting will remain at 2.5 HA