Accessible yet still elegant example of cooler climate Pinot Noir.
- VIC - Mornington Peninsula
Always look forward to trying the latest Stonier pinot noir. Suspect that this release has been out for a while – could be wrong – though it’s only just arrived at the office. Time to tuck in. It’s a rugged release. It’s aromatic/perfumed and pretty with pink/red berry flavours, but its tannin component is burly and muscular. It tastes of chicory and strawberries, woodspice and red cherries. There’s a slight smokiness to the aftertaste. It’s not what you’d call a delicate, smooth or finessed wine, but it’s satisfying and flavoursome. I tossed up between rating it at 89 or 90, but regardless I reckon it’s worth buying and drinking... as a young wine. This release will age, but I doubt that it will get better.Rating 90 - Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front (17/MAR/2011)
Stoniers top of the range pinot – their Reserve - can match it at the very highest international level, but this is their bread-and-butter stuff. Its not up there with their Reserve (nor is the price), but its excellent drinking all the same. Its lighter framed, but still has plenty happening: a most appealing rose petal aroma, cherries and raspberries on the palate, smoky-savoury complexity, and silky finish. Rick Allen, Parramatta Advertise (23/MAR/2011)
A new tweak to the packaging, coupled with a terrific vintage sees this as a lighter, more rounded, juicier style with trademark supple cherry/plum flavours predominating.Jon Helmer, Bellarine Times (05/OCT/2010)
A terrific red cherry attack on the palate follows a fanfare of red fruit and flowers on the nose, and in spite of its youth this wine is already up to racing speed and it looks absolutely ravishing. With a kiss of classy French oak cavorting around in the background, this is a devastatingly attractive wine and it will romance and impress your taste buds in equal measure like a dashing young d’Artagnan!Matthew Jukes, Wie Rules 2010 (16/SEP/2010)
... This smells of strawberries and spice and everything else nice - perfumed cherries and plums. Bright flavours of tart raspberries and blood plums as well as sweet cherries are balanced nicely with fine-grained tannins. Its only a pup, so give it some time in the decanter before drinking.Rating 3.5 Stars - Ben Thomas, The Weekly Review (25/AUG/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
Bright ruby red hues.
Lifted myriad red fruits with cherries and raspberries to the fore. There is also some ginger spice with richly scented roses.
The palate is vibrant with a determined structure driving it long. There is some lovely fresh raspberry with blackberries and Satsuma plum and a hint of earthy liquorice starting to infiltrate the mid-palate. There is a lot of fruit packed into this wine which will reveal increasing complexity with bottle maturation.
Despite a season of bushfires and record temperatures across Victoria, the 2009 growing season on the Mornington Peninsula was one of the coolest in recent years. A three day heat wave in late January (at the beginning of veraison) resulted in the loss of nearly 40% of our fruit, decimating any exposed bunches. However, we were able to pick around any damaged bunches, with the remaining fruit in optimum condition.
The gently de-stemmed fruit for Stonier Pinot Noir was fermented in a combination of small open fermenters and larger Potter fermenters. Approximately 5% of the blend was fermented as whole bunches. Pressed and transferred to a mix of fine grain French oak (approximately 10% new) for malolactic fermentation, the wine was matured for 10 months prior to racking and bottling.