My wife and I are ‘view’ people. By that I mean we like a view of most things, whether it be the ocean, rivers, mountains, valleys or vineyards. Speaking of views, valleys and vineyards, you need to make an appointment (by clicking here) and visit Clemens Hill vineyard in the picturesque Coal River Valley, about a 20 minute drive east of Hobart.
They don’t have an actual cellar door, but they have a lovely courtyard, a terrace area and an amazing room where you’ll not only get to experience some of the best views in the valley, but also a more personal tasting of their award winning wines. As you drive up to the home of owners Rob and Maria, past the vineyards to your right, you’ll see the valley open up and welcome you to all its majesty.
The north-east facing vineyard at the property was established over twenty years ago, plus the Tashinga Vineyard at Mt Rumney, produce exceptional fruit which is evident in the resultant wines. I read on their website where the owners, Rob Ware and Maria D’Ettorre, make sure the wines are made to express the ‘place’ ahead of the desire to win awards. Now, when you see the amount of medals and awards the wines have won, it speaks very highly of ‘place’.
My wife and I have visited on two occasions, both as part of the Southern and Eastern Vineyards Open Weekend. Rob and Maria have been most welcoming and not because they have to be, it’s just how they are. Down to earth, affable, genuine and generous people. Their wines have two of these traits; genuine and generous. You can read about the 2013 Pinot Chardonnay bubbles here, the 2013 Aurelia Chardonnay here, the 2015 777 Clone Pinot Noir here, and the 2015 Old Clones Pinot Noir here. Let me tell you about some of the others.
The 2016 fume blanc is lovely and rich with citrus characters, plenty of flavour and very good length. The 2018 Riesling (new addition and loved this) smells divine with some floral notes and definite lemon/lime influence, but it shines on the palate where it’s vibrant, fresh and citrusy with a perfect soft acid finish. The 2018 Rosé (another new addition) has a great cherry and strawberry nose and palate with a hint of spice and a nice dry finish. Lastly, the 2016 Pinot Noir had a lot to live up to after the multi awarded 2015. Bright crimson in colour, quite perfumed and aromatic red cherries and a bit of spice leads to a light to medium bodied fruity and savoury palate, gentle tannins and pretty good length.
To use a Molly Meldrum cliche, do yourself a favour. Make an appointment to visit Clemens Hill and try their wines. I guarantee you won’t leave empty handed.
Region: Coal Valley, Tasmania Price: Wines range from $20-$55