2016 Stonier Jack's Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

2016 Stonier Jack's Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

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92 Points - Huon Hooke - The Real ReviewDeepish red/purple, very good colour; the bouquet offers black cherry, lovely ripe sweet-fruit and spice aromas; the palate likewise, with good intensity and drive. There is firm tight structure and persistence. A satisfying glass of pinot.

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Pinot Noir
Stonier Wines
Mornington Peninsula
2016
750ml
14%
Cellar to 2024
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Full

How's it taste?

High quality single vineyard Pinot Noir from Mornington Peninsula. Delicious fruits of red berries/cherry perfectly complemented by toasty oak. Complex, long finish

How was it made?

The Jack’s Ridge Vineyard is located in the hills north of Merricks (close to Red Hill) on a cool protected site. At only 0.8 hectares, it is one of our smallest Pinot Noir vineyards, but also one of our most individual. Located on a northerly facing ridge of red basalt, the Pinot Noir from Jack’s Ridge ripens about one week earlier than Red Hill.

2016 was a relatively warm (not hot) season, but incredibly dry, with almost half the normal growing season rainfall. The warm and dry start to the season ensured an early vintage, with the Pinot Noir at Jack’s Ridge hand-picked on the 5th March, over a week earlier than average. The small crop of 4 tonnes (5tonnes/ha) was gently de-stemmed and fermented in 2 x 2t open fermenters, with a mix of daily pump-overs and hand plunging used over the 15 days of time on skins. After pressing, the wine was then matured in French oak puncheons (17% new) for 8 months, prior to bottling without filtration in December.

Who made it?

Stonier is widely recognised as a leading Australian producer of exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from some of Mornington Peninsula’s oldest vines. The prevailing philosophy at Stonier is rooted in the Burgundian model of expression of the vineyard site. They take a meticulous approach to viticulture and winemaking in order to draw out a delicate imprint of provenance. Stonier's wines show seamless elegance with powerful varietal expression. Situated on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, Stonier was established in 1978 by Brian and Noel Stonier in the coastal town of Merricks. The first Chardonnay was planted in 1978, followed by Pinot Noir in 1982. A cool maritime climate has proved to be ideal for the traditionally early ripening varieties. The striking Stonier winery designed by architect Daryl Jackson, was completed in 1991. Stonier’s Mornington Peninsula vineyards are the foundation of their winemaking practice. Current Chief Winemaker Mike Symons crafts wines based around a single vineyard philosophy. Expressions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are bottled from various distinct vineyard sites: KBS vineyard, Windmill vineyard, Stonier Family vineyard, and Lyncroft vineyard, among others. Stonier’s vineyard portfolio boasts some of the region’s oldest vineyards, each one contributing nuances from within the different sub-regions of the peninsula.

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