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.
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