Stonier is situated in Victoria’s picturesque Mornington Peninsula. The first Chardonnay was planted in 1978 and Pinot Noir in 1982. Over more than 25 years later, Stonier has developed a reputation as a producer of exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Stonier Pinot Noir is sourced from a select group of hand tended vineyards located amongst the rolling hills of the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula’s unique geography and cool maritime conditions contribute to a highly distinctive expression of Pinot Noir, typically showing flavours of vibrant cherry to savoury plum within a fine tannin structure.
This is an excellent pinot at any price, and quite remarkable for $30. The bouquet is spicy, meaty and charcuterie-like, adding layers of interest to the primary fruits. Soft, delicious, sweetly ripe pinot flavour, very varietal and loaded with charm. Ageing: drink now to eight years; Food: drink with confit duck leg; Alcohol: 14%; AUD $28-$30; Rating: 93 Points; Wine of the Week; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
Medium to full red colour with a purple tint. The bouquet is meaty, charcuterie-like, spicy and complex. More than simple primary fruit. There is an abundance of soft, sweetly ripe, full-flavoured pinosity on palate. A delicious, almost decadent pinot. Gorgeous flavour and pleasing balance. Amazing value at the price. Drink: Drink 2017 to 2025; Price: $28.00; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 93 Points; Huon Hooke
Hand picked, 8% new oak, from a warm but dry season. Spicy and gently sappy, with red fruits and cherry, fine tannin and almost silky feel, a little bit of smoked meat in there too, and perhaps some glossy warmth, but the grainy tannin and spice brings it back into line quite nicely. It’s a good drink. Attractive regional Pinot Noir at a fair price. Alcohol: 14%; Price: $28; Screwcap; Drink: 2017 - 2022; Rated: 91 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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