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.
Even as a young wine there is a nice textural aspect of integrated flavour and tannin, with a fruit spectrum that is more dark cherry and brooding raspberry, rather than bright red fruits. There is an appealing savoury tannin framework which will no doubt become more expansive together with the palate over the coming 12 months and beyond.
Medium to light purple/red colour, with a very fragrant, floral aroma, with tinges of bunchy, spicy, Campari-like nuances. Balsamic herbs. Black cherries rather than red. Borderline opulent. Lovely character, and has plenty of detail despite its extreme youth. Outstanding value for money. Drink: Now to 2029; Price: $30.00; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 92 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
Aromatic pinot noir. A bit of the old ‘come hither’ about it. Cherries, strawberries and spicy-sweet oak. Both mid-weight and mid-length. Absolutely worth buying/drinking. A chalkiness to the tannin and feel. It’s a very good release. Tasted: Sept 20; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $30; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2026+; Rated: 92 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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