Fortune favours the brave. In 2014, Tim Hodgkinson and Kate Akmentins, with their
three very young daughters, packed up their Sydney life to pursue a vineyard dream and the idyllic lifestyle that draws so many to Tasmania.
With a healthy understanding of organic gardening, the couple purchased the 10-hectare property at Tea Tree in the Coal River Valley in 2017. Using his vast knowledge of the wine industry, Tim took on the role of General
Manager at Pooley while he and Kate toiled
their soil focusing on biodynamic principles.
Tim and Kate now have 1.8 hectares of close-planted Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Grüner Veltliner. Their goal is to demonstrate the power and intricacy of small-batch Pinot Noir and Syrah. The rest of the 10-hectare property will incorporate fruit orchards, vegetable gardens and companion crops with a determined focus on polyculture.
Petrichor is the smell that accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather. Tim and Kate have planted their home vineyard to full biodynamic principles. Fruit is hand picked, basket pressed, nurtured through natural wild yeast ferments, and lovingly hand labelled and bottled without fining and filtration, complete with wax seal.