2018 Stonier Pinot Noir

2018 Stonier Pinot Noir

Recommendations

One of the original Mornington Pinots and still amongst the absolute cream of the crop, Stonier's wines are distinctly regional and with a really defined character.

Couple that with decades of consistency and you've got some of the best wines in the country - just like this deliciously generous, ripe and lovely 2018 Pinot Noir.

Expert Reviews

93 Points - Toni Paterson MW - The Real ReviewYouthful and bright with attractive red cherry and strawberry aromatics. The acidity is bright and refreshing, and the balance is nicely judged. There is some quality savoury oak that adds interest and complexity. Delicious
90 Points - Huon HookeLight to medium purple/red colour. The aroma is fragrant and cherry, earthy and sousbois-like. The palate is light to medium-bodied and soft, with fine-grained tannins and gentle texture, good drinkability and a touch of charm.

Tech stuff

13.8
Mornington Peninsula
2018
Screw Cap
Cellar to 2024
750ml

Light

Full

How's it taste?

Enticing cherry and raspberry with roses, herbal spice and a hint of ironstone.

How was it made?

Hand-picked Pinot Noir grapes were de-stemmed into small open two and three tonne fermenters, with daily hand plunging and gentle pump overs during fermentation. Almost 3% of the fruit was fermented seperately as whole bunches. After 12-22 days on skins, the wine was pressed to a mix of fine grain French oak puncheons and barriques (10% new) for malo-lactic fermentation and maturation (10 months). A portion of the final blend was also retained in stainless steel tanks (30%), to promote the vibrant fruit profile we cherish with Stonier Pinot Noir. An abundance of red fruits of the forest to start with, with sweet and bright juicy flavours. Beneath this though there is an alluring brooding fruit profile more savoury in nature that will become more prominent with time, framed nicely by some formidable tannins so typical of the vintage.

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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