The iconic rock, Pooles Rock, is named after destitute former convict Richard Poole who slept in a hollow inside the rock.
The first 18 rows of block 4 are planted. They are said to be some of the oldest chardonnay vines in the Broke Fordwich district and are the famous Penfold’s clone.
Block is 3 planted.
Macquarie Bank founder Davide Clarke buys Pooles Rock and block 5 is planted.
David Clarke plants Blocks 1 and 2 on Pooles Rock.
The original semillion is replaced by chardonnay in Row 19 to 38.
Pooles Rock wines are awarded more than 80 medals by the Hunter Valley Wines Show and the Australia National Vine show and several wines score 96 points by James Halliday.
John Winstanley and Karin Adcock purchase the Pooles Rock property and establish Winmark Wines. The vineyard enters a renewal phase with verdelho (block 5) removed ahead of redevelopment.
Award-winning Liz Riley is appointed Viticulturist and David Grosser of Vitigro becomes Vineyard Manager.
The block is cleared and replanted with premium chardonnay clones ENTAV 548 and 95 Bernard.
Winmark Wines 2018 Chardonnay is bottled ready for release in late 2018.
The grounds are transformed by a perennial and rose garden designed by Paul Bangay. David Ball’s sculpture Biosis is installed alongside a tree park known as Karin’s Koppie.