2019 Clarence House Reserve Chardonnay


The 2016 Clarence House Reserve Chardonnay has been hand harvest of all fruit, seeded ferments with whole bunch press. Chardonnay aged in barrel, hogs heads and part in tank. Purity and finesse the aim.

Sommelier’s Recommendation: Deep, complex nose combines soft citrus scents, lime, fresh herbs, minerals and stone. In other words, YUMMY! A new world wine made as an old world wine, juicy, lemony and mineral on the palate. A real treat for the chardonnay lovers.

Region: Tasmania

Viticulture: Sustainable

Winemaker: Anna Pooley and Justin Bubb

Established Date: 1998


Winery back story:

Clarence House was built in the early 1830s by William Nichols – “master builder and overseer of convicts” – who had substantial holdings in the district of the Clarence Plains Rivulet. The house itself was built in two stages, whereas the adjoining stables began construction in 1826 and were not finished until 1928. Clarence House was sold at auction in 1844 following failed business ventures in windmills by William Nichol’s son. It eventually passed on to the Chipman family who remained farming the valley until Charles Chipman’s death in 1955.The ownership by the Tsamassiros family, culminating in a fire allegedly started by squatters in 1973. It was then restored by the Kline family, followed by the McGuigan and Newman families until the property was acquired by the Kilpatrick family in 1993.


The Clarence House Estate vineyard was planted in 1998 by David Kilpatrick, a former cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of Tasmania. The estate is located in the foothills of the Meehan Ranges, halfway between Hobart and the Coal Valley.


The vineyard is managed conscientiously, with judicious use of inputs and sustainability in mind. Systemic herbicides, insecticides and fungicides are not used. The vineyard undervine area is slashed, the inter-row sward is left to thrive and flower, irrigation is used sparingly and the vine canopies are treated in such a way as to promote balanced, tempered growth in line with the current season’s conditions. In doing so, the Clarence House fruit boasts beautiful aromatics, fresh natural acidity and physiologically ripe tannins.


The wine was produced at Pooley Wines. Anna and Justin work very closely with Clarence House proprietor David Kilpatrick. Situated just ten minutes from one another, the relationship was born of a fruit supply and winemaking synergy, exemplified by David’s desire and Justin and Anna’s experience crafting cult, premium, cool climate wines.